Programs and Credentials Offered by Degree-Granting Institutions
The University of Saskatchewan offers a broad range of undergraduate, master's, doctorate, and post-doctorate and research programs. These include programs in the arts and sciences, agriculture, kinesiology, physical therapy, biotechnology, medicine, law, engineering, pharmacy, education, dentistry, commerce, and nursing. The university is also home to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, which serves all four Western Canadian provinces.
The University of Regina offers undergraduate degrees through the faculties of: Arts; Business Administration; Education; Engineering and Applied Science; Media, Arts and Performance; Kinesiology and Health Studies; Nursing; Science and Social Work. The university also offers a number of graduate student programs at the master's and doctoral levels, as well as one- and two-year certificate programs in fields such as vocational education, visual arts, computer science, human justice and social work.
For both universities, general arts and science degrees usually require four years of full-time study. Honours degrees, which require a higher concentration in the honours subject and a higher level of academic performance, are offered as well. This is also true of undergraduate degrees in specialized fields such as journalism, education, engineering, agriculture, commerce, nursing, and social work.
Students registered with the universities' federated colleges earn degrees from the parent university. Most of the affiliated colleges grant degrees in theology and divinity.
First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) is academically federated with the University of Regina. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life and to preserve, protect and interpret the history, language culture and artistic heritage of First Nations. Through its Board of Governors, FNUniv is under the jurisdiction of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN).
FNUniv serves both First Nations and non-First Nations students in an atmosphere of First Nations cultural affirmation at their three campus locations in Saskatchewan -- Regina, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert.
Pursuant to The Degree Authorization Act, Sask Polytech and Briercrest College and Seminary have been authorized to grant, respectively, a Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing program and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Humanities, English and History
Programs and Credentials Offered by Non-Degree-Granting Institutions
Sask Polytech offers a broad range of career-oriented certificate and diploma programs in applied/visual media, aviation, business, community/human services, engineering technology, health services, hospitality/foodservices, industrial/trades, natural resources, nursing, recreation/tourism, science and technology. In addition, the institute offers adult basic education, vocational training, customized training for industry, and various cooperative education programs.
Sask Polytech diploma programs require two years of full-time study, while certificate programs are usually completed in one year. Some of Sask Polytech's programs include a mandatory cooperative education component, where students spend 16 to 19 months in academic study and an additional 11 to 12 months engaged in paid work experience.
The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) offers certificate and diploma programs in administration, business administration, Indian business management, local health administration, integrated resource management, integrated land management, automotive service technology, community health, and chemical dependency worker training. Certificate programs usually require 24 weeks to one year of full-time study. Diploma programs generally require two or three years of full-time study. The institute also offers various adult basic education and literacy programs.
In cooperation with the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Regina, and Sask Polytech, the Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research and its subsidiaries offer certificate and diploma programs in Native human justice, Métis management, Métis social work, Métis entrepreneurship, chemical dependency worker training, adult basic education, vocational and preparatory programs, and the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP). Certificate programs can require one or two years of full-time study; diploma programs usually require two years of study. SUNTEP and the Northern Teacher Education Program (NORTEP) offer a four-year bachelor of education program for aboriginal teachers in cooperation with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Advanced Education and the two universities. Dumont Technical Institute (DTI) maintains a federation agreement with Sask Polytech, which allows it to broker provincially and nationally accredited programming. DTI also delivers basic education courses and partners with SIIT and regional colleges in the delivery of other technical and community-based programs.
The Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) manages apprenticeship training and trade certification for the 47 designated trades in Saskatchewan. Apprenticeship training varies by trade but is typically delivered over four years, including up to eight weeks of technical training sessions each year and on-the-job training provided by employers. At the end of the training period, apprentices write an examination and, if successful, receive a Journeyperson Certificate issued by SATCC.
The province's regional colleges broker programs and courses offered by Sask Polytech and the universities to communities throughout the province.
There are 38 private vocational schools in Saskatchewan offering a broad array of employment-related training programs in areas such as business and computer skills, cosmetology and esthetics, fashion design, hospitality management, massage therapy, and radio and television broadcasting. Private vocational schools are privately owned and operated. For consumer protection purposes, legislation requires that the schools, along with their programs and instructional staff, be registered with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Advanced Education.
The universities, Sask Polytech, regional colleges, and Métis and First Nations institutions also provide an array of university and technical credit courses, as well as other postsecondary education and training opportunities by alternative means to increase opportunities for people in Saskatchewan to access flexible, high quality education and training at times and in places that best meet their needs. Courses are offered on-line via the Internet both on- and off-campus, as well as televised and mixed mode courses, using the provincial satellite telecommunications infrastructure provided by the SaskTel E-Learning Communication Network.
The universities and Sask Polytech also offer independent home-study programs at a distance using one of a combination of print, video and audio tapes, Internet, video- and web-conferencing, and other communication media. First- and second-year university courses, technical programs, and general interest, non-credit courses are delivered to communities throughout the regional colleges across the province via the SaskTel Network. Off-campus instruction is provided through satellite communication, computer technologies, and independent study.