The Graduate Certificate in Social Economy and Co-operatives provides students with an understanding of the role played by co-operatives and social economy organizations in modern society. The certificate covers policy and governance topics relevant to understanding why co-operatives and social economy organizations form, how they operate, the challenges they face, the role of government and public policy in encouraging and supporting co-operative and social economy development, and the extent to which initiatives directed at co-operatives and the social economy represent good public policy.

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 four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • a cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. 60 credit units)

Please note that only those registered in the Graduate Certificate in Social Economy and Co-operatives will earn the certificate. The certificate can be taken as a stand-alone program and the courses can be applied to the completion of the M.P.A.

Although the courses will be taught in Saskatoon, the certificate will be available to JSGS students in Regina as well.

Certificate Requirements

This certificate program is comprised of 9 credit units (3 courses), as follows:

Required Courses

  • GPS 960.0
  • JSGS 846.3 Please note that this course is a prerequisite for JSGS 885.3.

3 credit units from the following:

  • JSGS 849.3
  • JSGS 885.3

3 credit units from the following (Please note: courses can only be taken once):

  • JSGS 801.3
  • JSGS 808.3
  • JSGS 849.3
  • JSGS 885.3

All courses taken by students in this program have a minimum passing grade of 70%. The Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy provides academic advising for this certificate.