Universities of Saskatchewan and Regina, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) – MPA and MPP
Program Comparison Highlights
Institutional Structure: The Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy is a graduate school operated jointly by the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina.
Curriculum Design: The Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy offers a long list of course electives for the MPA and MPP degrees. The two degrees have somewhat overlapping required core courses. The MPA program, under which the majority of students pursue their studies, has large proportion of its curriculum in required courses, with no thesis project. For the MPP program, half the course credit is in the form of research and an extended essay. Our PEACO analysis below suggests that typical JSGS MPA students takes 41% of their courses in what we call management-oriented subjects and 59% in policy-oriented subjects, while typical JSGS MPP students take 26% of their courses in management-oriented subjects and 74% in policy-oriented subjects. The percentage of courses in math-economics subjects is 27% for the MPA and 19% for the MPP. Given the 12 one-semester-course-equivalent degree requirement for the JSGS MPA and the 10 course requirement for the MPP, this places the JSGS MPA in what we call the “low course requirement, management-oriented, higher math-economics” curriculum type, shared with the Calgary MPP and the Northwestern MPPA. It places the JSGS MPP in what we call the “low course requirement, policy-oriented, lower math-economics” curricular type, shared with the Edinburgh MPP, the Ryerson MAPPA. The JSGS Program provides a relatively high number of courses and a relatively high proportion of courses taught within the school. The competency gap analysis below suggests that a JSGS MPA student taking the required courses and a random selection of listed electives would, on average, graduate with approximately 36 course-weeks of shortfall in the core-competency subject matter identified in MPP/MPA Core Competencies, including shortfalls of 8 course-weeks in Leadership Skills, 6 course-weeks in Public Financial Management, 5 course-weeks each in Analytical Methods and in Socioeconomic and Political Context. A JSGS MPP student taking the required courses and a random selection of listed electives would, on average, graduate with approximately 52 course-weeks of shortfall in the core-competency subject matter, including shortfalls of 8 course-weeks in Leadership Skills and in Democratic Institutions and Policy Process, 6 course-weeks each in in Public Financial Management and in Ethics, Rights and Accountability, and 5 course-weeks each in Macroeconomic Policy and in Evaluation and Performance Measurement.
Professional Program Features: The JSGS makes extensive use of practitioners in its course and professional development offerings. The school website does not make specific reference to an office of career services. The faculty research is described at http://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/research/Faculty-Research.php.
University: University of Saskatchewan / University of Regina
Location: Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Degree: Master of Public Policy (MPP) and Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Students Admitted per Year: Approximately 50-60 for the MPA and 6-8 for the MPP. See http://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/Academic_Programs/MPA.php and http://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/Academic_Programs/MPP.php, accessed 19 June 2014.
Academic Unit within University: Created in 2005 as a stand-alone academic unit under the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Regina, in June 2007, the School was renamed the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and in 2008, the University of Regina partnered with the University of Saskatchewan to offer the first provincial school of its kind.
Posted Tuition: “For all new MPA students enrolled for September 2015, tuition for the 36-credit MPA program is approximately $14,292.” (At http://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/Academic_Programs/MPA.php, accessed 30 March 2015.)
Concentration/Curriculum Overview: The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is designed to prepare students for careers in public administration and policy work in such diverse areas as non-government organizations, industry associations, and, of course, the public service. MPA students are exposed to core concepts in policy formation and analysis, and have the opportunity to explore such substantive areas as social policy, health policy, innovation policy, trade and immigration policy, resource and environmental policy, and public-sector management. The MPA program can be completed in one year with the appropriate selection of courses; however, the program can be extended beyond one year for those students who need more time, are working or whose first language is not English. The Master of Public Policy (MPP) provides students with opportunities to conduct research and contribute to the study of public policy and the application of policy expertise in the real world. Students graduating from this program possess the research skills necessary to play integral roles in the civil service, research organizations and industry associations. Top students from this program may go on to doctoral programs in public policy. The program is designed so that students can finish in as little as 16-24 months of studying full time. Upon entry into the program, each student is assigned a research advisor and an advisory committee.
Degree Requirements (MPA)
Summary: MPA students are required to complete 36 credit units (12 one-semester course equivalents), consisting of 2 elective courses and the following core courses:
- JSGS 801 – Governance and Administration (3 CUs)
- JSGS 802 – Public Finance (3 CUs)
- JSGS 805 – Economics for Public Policy Analysis (3 CUs)
- JSGS 806 – Public Policy Analysis (3 CUs)
- JSGS 807 – Statistics for Public Managers (3 CUs)
- JSGS 808 – Ethical Leadership and Democracy in Public Service (3 CUs)
- JSGS 838 – Public Sector Financial Management (3 CUs)
- JSGS 880 – Advanced Governance Analysis (3 CUs)
- JSGS 882 – Strategic Management in the Public Sector (3 CUs)
- JSGS 883 – Essentials for Public Policy and Administration (1 week block course in September, 2 CUs)
- JSGS 884 – Professional Planning (Submission and presentation of a professional portfolio at the end of the MPA program, 1 CUs)
The two elective courses (6 credit units) must be selected from the courses offered by the school and can be taken at either campus.
Duration: 1 year (“All of the required courses, and an ample number of electives, will be offered every year between September and July, so that anyone seeking to complete the program in a single calendar year will be able to do so. That being said, the program can be extended beyond one year for those students who need more time, are working or whose first language is not English.” At http://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/Academic_Programs/MPA.php, accessed 30 March 2015.)
Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 12
Number of Required Courses: 10
Number of Electives Typically Taken (difference between above two entries): 2
Number of Electives Offered within Program: 62
Note 1: See Course Curriculums at http://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/Academic_Programs/course-curriculums.php.
Note 2: The program also provides access to courses and research facilities available in many other graduate departments, centres and institutes across the University.
Comprehensive Examination: No
Thesis Required: No
Internship Required: No
International Study Required: No
Degree Requirements (MPP)
Summary: The MPP is a research-based degree of 30 credit units that involves a combination of course work, research, and the writing of a thesis. Students are required to complete a minimum of 15 credit units (5 one-semester equivalents) of course work. Once an applicant has been admitted, the program of studies (i.e., selection of appropriate courses) will be determined.
Students must take a minimum of one course in each of four groups: A (JSGS 805 Economics for Public Policy Analysis; SGS 862 Political Economy; JSGS 865 Decision Making in Organizations); B (JSGS 803 Quantitative Methods; JSGS 851 Qualitative Methods); C (JSGS 806 Public Policy Analysis; JSGS 867 Advanced Policy Analysis) and D (JSGS 817 Health Policy; JSGS 849 Social Economy and Public Policy; JSGS 854 Higher Education Policy; JSGS 859 Innovation Policy: JSGS 864 Social Policy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
The remaining elective course (3 credit units) must be selected from the courses offered by the school. Students must also registered in the two following courses: SGS 990 or JSGS 990AB Seminar Series (continuous registration required); JSGS 994 Research (U of S campus students – continuous registration required) or JSGS 901 Research (U of R students). Students at the U of S campus must also complete – in their first term of study – GSR 960 Introduction to Ethics and Integrity. This is a non-credit, online course required by the College of Graduate Studies and Research and is at no cost to the student.
Thesis research and writing (15 credit units)
Duration: 1.3 to 2 years (“The program is designed so that students can finish in as little as 16-24 months of studying full time.”)
Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 10 plus professional development.
Note 1: Required professional development instruction (including boot camps on constitutional theory, statistics and economics and professional development lectures and seminars) are equivalent to 1.5 one-semester courses (e-mail from Director, 11 November 2013).
Number of Required Courses: 6 plus professional development
Note 3: See above for the options within the required groups of courses.
Number of Electives Typically Taken (difference between above two entries): 4
Number of Electives Offered within Program: 62
Note 4: See Course Curriculums at http://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/Academic_Programs/course-curriculums.php. Note 4: The program also provides access to courses and research facilities available in many other graduate departments, centres and institutes across the University.
Comprehensive Examination: No
Thesis Required: Yes
Internship Required: No
International Study Required: No
Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree
Professional Development and Career Support: Yes
Student-run Journal: No
Applied Projects: No
Pro Bono Consulting: No
Courses Offered: The full list of JSGS courses are found at https://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/programs/graduate-programs/master-of-public-administration.php#Courses and https://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/programs/graduate-programs/master-of-public-policy.php#Courses.
Course Curriculums at http://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/Academic_Programs/course-curriculums.php.
Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment based on the number of electives offered (62) and number of electives typically taken (4), is as follows:
|Curricular Type Parameters|
|Number of Courses Required for Graduation||12.0||10.0|
|Math-Economics Subjects (EA, QM, Macro, Fin Markets)||26.8%||19.3%|
|Enrolment-Adjusted Course Distribution|
|Analysis and Skill Subjects||48.8%||59.0%|
|– Policy and Management Analysis||26.3%||28.6%|
|– Economic Analysis||8.6%||7.1%|
|– Quantitative and Analytic Methods||9.9%||21.7%|
|– Leadership and Communication Skills||4.1%||1.5%|
|Institutions and Context Subjects||25.6%||14.5%|
|– Democratic Institutions and Policy Process||15.7%||8.5%|
|– Ethics, Rights and Accountability||8.3%||0.3%|
|– Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts||1.5%||5.7%|
|Management Function Subjects||10.1%||2.3%|
|– Public Financial Management||0.3%||0.3%|
|– Evaluation and Performance Measurement||9.1%||1.2%|
|– Other Management Functions||0.8%||0.9%|
|Policy Sector Subjects||15.5%||24.2%|
|– Macroeconomic Policy||9.1%||1.2%|
|– International Development||0.3%||0.3%|
|– Other Policy Sectors||4.4%||16.8%|
|Competency Gap Analysis (in Course-Weeks of Instruction)|
|Course-Weeks in Core Subjects taken by Typical Student||130||92|
|Surplus or Shortfall Relative to Core Competency Requirement|
|– Policy and Management Analysis (CCR = 18 course-weeks)||20||16|
|– Economic Analysis (CCR = 12)||0||-3|
|– Quantitative Methods (CCR = 12)||1||1|
|– Analytic Methods (CCR = 6)||-5||7|
|– Leadership Skills (CCR = 9)||-8||-8|
|– Communication Skills (CCR = 3 courses)||-3||-3|
|– Democratic Institutions and Policy Process (CCR = 18)||5||-8|
|– Ethics, Rights and Accountability (CCR = 6 courses)||6||-6|
|– Socioeconomic and Political Context (CCR = 6)||-5||0|
|– Global Context (CCR = 3)||-2||-2|
|– Public Financial Management (CCR = 6)||-6||-6|
|– Evaluation and Performance Measurement (CCR = 6)||7||-5|
|– Human Resource Management (CCR = 3)||-3||-3|
|– Information and Technology Management (CCR = 3)||-2||-2|
|– Macroeconomic Policy (CCR = 6)||7||-5|
|– Environment and Sustainability (CCR = 3)||-3||-3|
|Subject-Matter Shortfall for Typical Student (Sum of Shortfalls)||-36||-52|
|Total Courses Listed||75||78|
|Courses Designated as Required (inc. Specialization Reqs)||10.0||9.0|
|Archetypal Public Affairs Subjects (P&MA, EA, QM, DI&PP)||59.7%||55.3%|
|Archetypal International Affairs Subjects (I&GC, ID, DS&FR)||1.5%||1.7%|
Source: At http://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/index.php; http://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/Academic_Programs/MPP.php; http://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/Academic_Programs/MPA.php; and http://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/Academic_Programs/course-curriculums.php (accessed 10 November 2013).
Page created by: Ian Clark on 10 November 2013 and edited for the new Atlas on 14 December 2015, and updated with a new link for the Courses Offered on 30 November 2019.
Image: Screenshot of school website on 14 December 2015.
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