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Master of Northern Governance and Development (MNGD)

See 'Application Process' below for complete details

The MNGD is the only program of its kind in North America and offers students the unique opportunity to focus on northern issues. The program has supports in place so that northern-based applicants may remain in their home communities while completing the program. Lectures are available via video-conferencing, onsite teaching, and online learning (blended delivery method).

The program works in partnership with northern and Aboriginal communities, industry, and government on economic development and governance issues in Northern Saskatchewan. At the completion of the program, graduates will be able to successfully lead northern development in Saskatchewan and elsewhere.

The MNGD is an interdisciplinary, project-based program that includes coursework, an internship and a 10-day international field school. It's designed to be completed over two years and students have the option to work while studying or work towards the degree full-time. There is funding support of $16,000 over two years available for qualified applicants.

Admissions Requirements:

The International Centre for Northern Governance and Development at the University of Saskatchewan was established with the goal of supporting capacity development of the communities and, especially Aboriginal communities, of Northern Saskatchewan.  As a result, residents of Northern Saskatchewan communities and applicants associated with northern Aboriginal communities, organizations and agencies have priority for admission. Others, including international students, with a demonstrated interest in and experience living or working in the North, will also be considered. Non-northern students that are interested in northern issues are encouraged to apply instead to the University of Saskatchewan’s excellent campus-based graduate programs where ICNGD faculty members can supervise thesis research on northern issues. A list of ICNGD faculty members can be found by clicking here.

To be admitted as a fully qualified MNGD student, an applicant must have the equivalent of a University of Saskatchewan 4-year undergraduate degree (any discipline), with a grade point average of at least 70% over the last 60 credit units (or equivalent) completed.

Your admission into the program and your eligibility for a scholarship will be determined by the ICNGD's Graduate Affairs Committee on the basis of academic and research potential (as demonstrated through your academic credentials and letters of reference), and your commitment to improving northern governance and development as outlined in your Statement of Research Interest.

Application Process:

** To begin studies in September (Fall Term start), your application package should be submitted by May 1.

To apply to the MNGD program, applicants must submit the following:

  • Online application, which can be found at: www.usask.ca/cgsr/applying/index.php (after reading the step-by-step guide, scroll down and hit "Apply now")
  • $75 application fee
  • Writing sample such as a term paper or essay (graded or ungraded by an instructor), or a work report that demonstrates writing and analytical ability
  • Two official copies of all post-secondary transcripts
  • Three completed GSR 101 Reference Forms. At least one reference must be a professor acquainted with the applicant’s previous scholarly work, while other references may include former or current employers or supervisors. Note: the forms submitted in your application package must be originals. Where a reference chooses to submit a traditional written letter of recommendation, he or she must still also sign the GSR 101 Form and fill out the rating index.
  • Statement of Research Interest, which should be approximately 1-3 pages in length and include:
    1. Specific areas of interest for the program's research project component
    2. A description of any employment, study or personal experiences in Northern Saskatchewan, Northern Canada or the Circumpolar North

  • International Students must also meet language and other requirements stipulated here: http://www.usask.ca/cgsr/admission/international_info.php  


Application packages and questions about the application process can be directed to:

Graduate Affairs Committee
c/o Dana Carriere, Graduate Secretary
International Centre for Northern Governance and Development
University of Saskatchewan
Room 231 Kirk Hall
117 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5C8
Phone: (306) 966-1238
Email: dana.carriere@usask.ca