Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

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Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
Johnson-Shoyama logo.png
Established 2007
Location Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
52°8′3.57″N 106°38′24.95″W / 52.1343250°N 106.6402639°W / 52.1343250; -106.6402639Coordinates: 52°8′3.57″N 106°38′24.95″W / 52.1343250°N 106.6402639°W / 52.1343250; -106.6402639
The school's facility in the Diefenbaker Centre, with the Saskatoon skyline
The Diefenbaker Centre in Saskatoon

Established in 2007, the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) is a provincial centre for advanced education, research and training in policy and administration. Located on two university campuses – the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan – the school is a source of policy advice and commentary. With academic backgrounds such as political science, economics, sociology, geography, law and education, the school’s faculty members train graduate students in an interdisciplinary environment, educate the public on policy matters, and improve the knowledge base from which policymakers draw.[1]

The school is named after two of Saskatchewan's best-known public servants, Albert Wesley Johnson and Thomas Shoyama. The school offers six programs - Master of Public Administration (MPA, professional degree, CAPPA accredited), Master of Public Policy (MPP, research-based degree), PhD in Public Policy (PhD, research-based degree), Master of International Trade (MIT, online delivery), Master of Health Administration (MHA, online delivery) and various Master's Certificates.


  • employs faculty members which include three Canada Research Chairs, one Centennial Research Chair, and one Cisco Research Chair,
  • has faculty expertise in social policy, health policy, innovation policy, Aboriginal peoples and natural resources policy, trade and immigration policy, environmental policy, and public-sector management,
  • educates students in policy theory, development, analysis and management,
  • offers opportunities for students to enhance their postgraduate work with a federal, provincial or municipal paid internships,
  • presents opportunities for students to engage with officials from all levels of government,
  • offers full-time and part-time study options, flexible course schedules and mobility between the two campuses.

Graduates of the school can expect careers in public sector management and policy research in federal, provincial, or municipal governments; academia; agencies or crown corporations; non-profit organizations; with the media; or in the private sector.

The JSGS offers Executive Education programs for current policy practitioners and public administrators looking to build executive leadership skills, enhance organizational policy capacity and innovative decision making, and improve their personal skill set through sessions that address issues faced by today's public sector.

The school is the academic home for a number of Canadian scholars including:

  • Michael Atkinson, Executive Director
  • Daniel Beland, Canada Research Chair in Public Policy (Tier 1)
  • Ken Coates, Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation (Tier 1)
  • Bruno Dupeyron, Fulbright Scholar
  • Brett Fairbairn
  • Murray Fulton
  • Patricia Gober
  • Robert E. Hawkins
  • Iryna Kryvoruchko
  • Gregory Marchildon, Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Economic History (Tier 1)
  • Kathleen McNutt, Director
  • Haizhen Mou
  • M. Rose Olfert, Professor Emerita
  • Peter W.B. Phillips
  • Greg Poelzer
  • Dionner Pohler
  • Ken Rasmussen
  • Jeremy Rayner, Centennial Research Chair
  • Keith Walker
  • Wynne Young, Director
  • Amy Zarzeczny
  • Lihui Zhang


  1. ^ "About Albert Johnson and Thomas Shoyama". Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. 2010-11-12. Retrieved 2009-03-02. 

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