The Master of Public Administration is the flagship professional program of the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, western Canada's newest School of Public Policy. Created by pooling resources from the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina, the School builds on the reputation and experience developed in a province renowned for innovation and service in public policy and administration.

The M.P.A. is an exciting program designed to prepare students for careers in policy work in such diverse areas as NGOs, industry associations and, of course, the public service. Students in the program will be exposed to core concepts in policy formation and analysis; they will also have the opportunity to explore areas such as health and social policy; science, technology and innovation; and trade and transnational regulation.

For more information on this field of study, see the Master of Public Administration website.

Admission Requirements

  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English. A minimum overall TOEFL score of 86 is required with a minimum score of 20 in each area, or a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in each area, or another approved test as outlined in the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Academic Policies.
  • a cumulative weighted average of at least a 75% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. 60 credit units)
  • a four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study

Course Option - Degree Requirements

Students in the M.P.A. program must achieve a minimum of 70% in each course to earn course credit and progress through program completion.

  • GPS 960.0
  • GPS 961.0, if research involves human subjects
  • GPS 962.0, if research involves animal subjects
  • JSGS 990.0

A minimum 36 credit units, including the following:

  • JSGS 801.3
  • JSGS 802.3
  • JSGS 805.3
  • JSGS 806.3
  • JSGS 807.3
  • JSGS 808.3
  • JSGS 838.3
  • JSGS 882.3
  • JSGS 891.3
  • JSGS 892.3
  • a minimum 6 credit units electives. Elective courses taken outside of JSGS course offerings require approval of the Graduate Chair.