Required documents

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Required documents vary by program. Check your application status and review the list of admission documents you are required to submit.  If you have applied to more than one program then admissions documents will be required for each application.

Submitting documents

We are currently transitioning the process for document submission. How you submit your documents will depend on when you are planning on starting school.

Applicants who are applying in the following programs will need to follow the instructions for preparing and uploading documents when submitting documents:

  • Chemistry (PH.D, M.Sc., Joint Student)
  • Computer Science (Ph.D., M.Sc., Joint Student)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (Ph.D., M.Sc., M.A., Joint Student)
  • Edward School of Business (M.B.A., M.P.Acc., M.Sc. in  Finance, M.Sc. in Marketing, Joint Student in Finance, Joint Student in Accounting,  Joint Student in Business Administration)

Applicants for all other programs need to follow the instructions for submitting required documents listed in the Application process section on their program page.

Applicants who are applying to start school in September 2017 (or later) will need to follow the instructions for preparing and  uploading documents when submitting documents.

Required document descriptions

  • Your CV/Resume should be a one or two page concise summary of your skills, experience and education.
  • A CV/Resume is essentially your full academic and professional profile. It should include a summary of your educational and academic backgrounds as well as teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honours, affiliations and other details.
  • Applicants will be required to upload a PDF copy of their CV/Resume.
  • If the awarding of your degree is not clearly indicated on the post-secondary transcript you will also be required to upload a PDF copy of the degree certificate(s). This requirement will appear as Undergraduate Degree Preliminary or Master’s Degree Preliminary under admission requirements on your Application Summary.
  • Uploaded degree certificates will be considered unofficial or preliminary. Official copies of your degree certificates will only be required once you have been offered admission. This requirement will appear as Undergraduate Degree – Admitted or Master’s Degree – Admitted under the admission requirements on your Application Summary.

If you receive an Offer of Admission you may then be required to bring your official degree certificate to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room C180, 105 Administration Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5A2

  • It is your responsibility to have completed any relevant test with the appropriate score before the application deadline.
  • Uploaded test scores will be considered unofficial or preliminary.
  • Applicants will be required to upload a PDF copy of any required test score.

If you receive an Offer of Admission you may be required to have your official GMAT/GRE test scores mailed directly to the academic unit for the program for which you applied. 

If you receive an Offer of Admission you will then be required to have your official post-secondary transcripts sent (by mail in a sealed envelope directly from the institution) to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room C180, 105 Administration Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5A2

  • Transcripts usually indicate the institution’s name, grading scheme (typically on back of transcript), your name, course names, numbers, credits, and the grades you have received. Depending on the country or institution, some features may not be available.
  • Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
  • If you are a current University of Saskatchewan student completing your undergraduate program then a letter of completion of degree requirements will be required from your college.
  • You will need to requests transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended, except for the University of Saskatchewan. 
  • You will be required to upload PDF copies of your academic transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended. This requirement will appear as Preliminary Statement of Marks or Additional Prelim. Statement under admission requirements on your Application Summary.
  • The uploaded transcript should be a copy of an official transcript issued by the university or college.
  • All pages of a transcript must be uploaded as a single PDF document.
  • Uploaded transcripts will be considered unofficial or preliminary. Official copies of your transcripts will only be required once you have been offered admission. This requirement will appear as Post-secondary Transcript under admission requirements on your Application Summary.
  • Applicants will be required to complete and upload a PDF copy of the Program of Studies form (GSR 207 or GSR 208).
  • This should include a written statement from each faculty member offering a special topics course confirming they are willing to offer the course and that they will obtain approval for the course at the appropriate time.

Applications for approval of Special Topics courses are made separately on form GSR 204 and can be done after admission.

For students who are required to provide proof of English proficiency:

  • It is your responsibility to have completed a relevant test with the appropriate score before the application deadline.
  • English-language proficiency test must be taken within the last two years of receipt of your application.
  • Applicants will be required to upload a PDF copy of any required language test score. Uploaded test scores will be considered unofficial or preliminary.

If you receive an Offer of Admission you may be required to have your official language test scores sent to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room C180, 105 Administration Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5A2

  • This information is used to correctly assess your tuition fees.
  • Permanent residents and Canadian immigrants must submit a scanned copy or legible photocopy of both sides of their Permanent Resident Card or proof of Canadian citizenship.

You will want to limit the size of your publication as the PDF must be less than 3 MB in size.

You will want to limit the size of your publication as the PDF must be less than 3 MB in size.

  • A referee is a faculty member with whom you have studied and is able to assess your potential for graduate level study and research. References from non-academic supervisors may be accepted in certain cases i.e. professional references for professional programs.

  • Contact your referees before you apply online to confirm their availability and their institutional or professional email address. When you create an online application, you will enter the names and email address of your referees. Your referee will receive an automatic email notification with instructions for accessing our online recommendation system. Once the online recommendation is submitted the department will have access to view your online recommendation.

  • It is your responsibility to follow up with your referees to ensure they have received the email and that they submit the reference before the application deadline. The email is sent from grad.applications@usask.ca with the subject line “Confidential Letter of Recommendation”. Referees may need to check their spam or junk mail folders.

  • Apply early to allow referees to submit their recommendation by the deadline. 

Adding a Reference:

Once you have submitted your online application, containing institutional or professional email addresses for your referees, you cannot change that information. If it is necessary for you to add a new reference, please email the academic unit associated with the program for which you applied. 

 

  • Applicants will be required to upload a PDF copy of their Research Statement.

Note: The requirement for this document will vary by program.

Computer Science:

Chemistry:

Interdisciplinary Studies:

  • Problem statement. What is the problem that you wish to study? What is the context for this problem? How does this problem fit into the current literature?
  • Describe why an interdisciplinary approach is required. This is a critical element in the proposal because:
    • If a student is able to do their graduate work through an existing program, this is the preferred approach. The InterD program is not meant to replace existing graduate programs. 
    • Students need to be able to clearly articulate what is interdisciplinary about the research they wish to do, since the nature of the interdisciplinary influences the selection of a Supervisor, the composition of the Student Advisory Committee (SAC), the selection of courses, and the nature of the research that is undertaken. Interdisciplinary is not to be confused with being interested in many things. Rather, interdisciplinary is about the way that questions are asked. It involves using two or more different methodologies or approaches (e.g., an economics approach and a sociological approach) to address a single question or problem.
  • Initial ideas concerning the research methodology to be employed.  It is important that students have an idea of the research procedures that they will be using, because the choice of course work and the selection of an SAC will be influenced by this. You will not be expected to have done the background work necessary to identify specific research methodology, and students are able to alter their research methodology as their program progresses, with the appropriate approval by the SAC. But, some sense of the methodology and scope of the project is particularly important in interdisciplinary work where students have to develop a familiarity with the literature and methodologies in a number of areas.

MBA:

  • Your letter of intent is a chance to tell the Edwards MBA Selection Committee what unique and valuable contributions you can make to the Edwards MBA program.
  • Provide a brief description of your business and educational background, and your goals for the future. How will an MBA help you achieve your goals? Describe briefly what piqued your interest in achieving an MBA, and what you hope to get out of the program.
  • Discuss why you have decided to apply to the Edwards MBA program, and why it is a good fit for you. What specific parts of the Edwards MBA program are you looking forward too?
  • Make sure your letter of intent is unique and specific to the Edwards MBA program.  We don't want to read generic letters that sound like they could have been sent to any school. We want to know why you have chosen the Edwards MBA, and why we should choose you!

MSc Finance, MSc Marketing:

  • Your Statement of Intent allows you to explain your personal interest in the program to which you are applying.
  • It should reference the kind of knowledge you expect to gain from the program and should define the reasons why you chose the program and how it can satisfy your own interests.

Interdisciplinary Studies:

  • Statement from the candidate explaining how he/she sees the outcome of their research being Interdisciplinary, and how this research could not happen in any defined discipline.  
  • This requirement will appear as Student Stmt of Financial Supp under admission requirements on your Application Summary.
  • Applicants receiving a scholarship/sponsorship from an external agency will be required to upload a PDF copy of the letter which should detail the duration and level of funding.
  • Personal letters of sponsorship, such as those from family members and banks, are not required.

Note: The requirement for this document will vary by program.

Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc)

You will want to limit the size of your publication as the PDF must be less than 3 MB in size.

If you are a current University of Saskatchewan student completing your undergraduate program (and you plan to begin your graduate program before you are awarded your degree) then a letter of completion will be required from the academic unit once you have completed your program.

Prepare your documents for upload

The University of Saskatchewan reserves the right to remove an uploaded document if the quality of the document is unacceptable, if a virus is detected, or if it does not match the admission requirement. This will result in delays in reviewing your application and making a decision, so please follow the instructions below.

  • Your full name must appear on all uploaded documents.
  • Ensure that all information on the document is readable.
  • If a document is in a language other than English, a certified English translation must also be included.
  • Scan your document in black and white.
  • Scanning at a resolution of 300 DPI is recommended.
  • Ensure that the scanned document orientation matches the original. For example, transcripts that are printed vertically (portrait) should be scanned so that they appear in portrait format. Transcripts printed horizontally (landscape) should appear in landscape format.
  • Do not upload all your supporting documents as one file. Create one PDF for each type of document you are required to upload.
  • Multipage documents should be saved as a single PDF document. Please ensure that all pages of the document are in the correct order.
  • All documents must be saved in an unsecured PDF format before they can be uploaded. Your PDF document must not be password protected.

Documents must be saved and uploaded as PDF. Follow the instructions below to convert your documents to PDF format:

To convert a DOC file to PDF:

  1. Open the document in Microsoft Word
  2. Click the File tab
  3. Click Save As
  4. In the File Name box, enter a name for the file
  5. In the Save as type list, choose PDF (*.pdf)
  6. Click Save
  7. Open a new blank document in Microsoft Word
  8. Click the Insert tab
  9. Click Picture
  10. Choose the image file you want to insert, Click Insert
  11. Adjust the image orientation if required
  12. Click the File tab
  13. Click Save As
  14. In the File Name box, enter a name for the file
  15. In the Save as type list, choose PDF (*.pdf)
  16. Click Save

To convert an image to PDF:

  • Save an OpenOffice document as PDF by choosing File à Export as PDF
  • To convert any other type of document to PDF you may choose to use the Neevia Document Converter. This is a third-party website and the University of Saskatchewan assumes no liability or responsibility for its use.
  • Documents must be less than 3 MB in size

Your saved PDF must be less than 3 MB in size. To reduce the size of the file:

  • Use a lower resolution (DPI) setting and scan your documents in black and white. Scanning at a resolution of 300 DPI is recommended.
  • Reduce the file size using a tool like Adobe Acrobat Pro.
  • Compress the PDF using a tool like Neevia Document Converter. This is a third-party website and the University of Saskatchewan assumes no liability or responsibility for its use.