Minimum admission requirements

Listed below are the minimum admission requirements for graduate studies. Please refer to your chosen graduate program for exact admission requirements because it may have higher or additional requirements. 

  1. A four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study, OR,
  2. A three-year first cycle undergraduate degree, in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study, from an institution that meets the criteria set forth in the Bologna Declaration, will be acceptable as the equivalent of an undergraduate honours degree.
  3. A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of full-time study (e.g. 60 credit units U of S equivalent).
  4. Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research.
  5. Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  1. A Master's degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study.
  2. A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the Master's degree.
  3. Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research.
  4. Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  1. A four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study.
  2. A cumulative weighted average of at least 65% (U of S grade system equivalent) in each of the final two years full time study  (e.g. 60 credit units U of S equivalent) of the undergraduate program.
  3. Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • A four-year undergraduate degree, or the equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study or from a professional college with specialization in some subject or discipline comparable to that required for an Honours BA/BSc from this University*.
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 65% (U of S grade system equivalent) in each of the final two years (e.g. 60 credit units)of the undergraduate program, or equivalent at the graduate level.
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Admission on a non-degree basis does not ensure admission to a graduate program at a later date.

*A three-year first cycle undergraduate degree, in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study, from an institution that meets the criteria set forth in the Bologna Declaration, will be acceptable as the equivalent of an undergraduate honours degree.

  • If applying at the masters level, a four-year undergraduate degree or the equivalent from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study*, OR  
  • If applying at the doctoral level, a master's degree, or the 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 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in each of the final two years (e.g. 60 credit units)of the undergraduate program, or equivalent at the graduate level.
  • Currently registered in either a master's or a doctoral program at another university.
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

*A three-year first cycle undergraduate degree, in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study, from an institution that meets the criteria set forth in the Bologna Declaration, will be acceptable as the equivalent of an undergraduate honours degree.

International students

International students must meet the minimum admission requirements. You must apply for admission in order to recieve an official evaluation of academic credentials and a grade conversion to a U of S admission average.

English language proficiency requirements

Some programs have higher English language requirements. Please refer to your chosen graduate program.

If English is not your first language (i.e. your native language) you must demonstrate English language proficiency in one of the following ways:

  1. Completing a degree with a minimum of 3 consecutive years in an eligible English-speaking country
  2. Completing a degree with a minimum of 3 consecutive years in an institution where the exclusive language of instruction and examination was English – view eligible institutions
  3. Meeting the minimum score requirements for one of the following language tests
    All scores must be from one exam date, not to be combined with other exam dates. Tests are valid for 24 months after the testing date and must be valid at the beginning of the student's first term of registration in the graduate program:
TOEFL
Test of English as a Foreign Language

our Institution Code is 0980
  • Fully qualified: Overall score of 80 with minimum scores of 20 in each area
  • Remedial qualified: Overall score of 80 with minimum scores of 20 in each area with the exception of one score at 18 or 19
  • GPC qualified: Overall score of 65 with minimum scores of 15 in each area
IELTS
International English Language Testing System
  • Fully qualified: Overall score of 6.5 with no score below 6.5 in each area
  • Remedial qualified: Overall score of 6.5 with one score at 6.0
  • GPC qualified: Overall score of 5.0  with minimum 4.5 in each area
CanTEST
Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees
Would require evaluation of speaking skills as well.
  • Fully qualified: Overall score of 4.5 with minimum scores of 4.5 in each area.
  • Remedial qualified: Overall score of 4.0
PTE
Pearson Test of English
  • Fully qualified: Overall score of 59 with minimum scores of 59 in each area.
  • Remedial qualified: Overall score of 54
RTEP
Regina Test of English Proficiency
  • Minimum score of 77%
U-PREP 2
University Preparation 2 from the U of S Language Centre
  • Minimum score of 75%
MELAB
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery
  • Minimum score of 85
CPE
University of Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • C or higher
CAEL
Canadian Academic English Language
  • Minimum score of 60%

Remedial Qualified

Remedial qualification is only available for the TOEFL (internet-based), IELTS, CanTest and PTE tests. Students with an overall score that meets the requirements, but with a remedial minimum in only one area (reading, writing, speaking or listening), may be admitted.

This requires the recommendation of the academic unit, and approval from the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Students will be required to take a remedial part-time English class during their first term.

Graduate Pathways Certificate

The Graduate Pathways Certificate (GPC) program is a non-credit certificate program for graduate student applicants who are academically qualified, but who do not meet the minimum English proficiency requirements for their graduate program. 

For students with a conditional admission to most graduate programs, the GPC is an option to study academic English at the University of Saskatchewan and move directly into their graduate program. Registration and satisfactory progress in the GPC will be a required component of their academic study.