If you would like to begin this program in September, we recommend applying before February 1st in order to be considered for scholarships. You may apply later but funding will no longer be guaranteed. In special cases, we also accept students in January and May of each year.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.Sc.2 years
Ph.D.4 years

Our department has specializations in the following fields:

  • Molecular, cellular, and tissue biology
  • Developmental biology
  • Neurobiology
  • Functional anatomy
  • Advanced anatomical imaging

Across our campus, there are specialized research facilities such as the Canadian Light Source, Canada's only synchrotron, and the Cameco MS Neuroscience Research Center.

Research supervisors

We recommend that you contact the faculty that are doing research in an area that interests you before beginning a formal application.

Name Research areas
Julia BoughnerPhysical anthropology, primate biology and evolution
L. Dean ChapmanSynchrotron radiation and x-ray optics directed to medical and biological problems, x-ray imaging
Jennifer Chlan-Fourney
David CooperBone aging, adaptation and disease 3D Imaging Synchrotron Science
Brian EamesMolecular genetics
Andrew FreywaldMolecular mechanisms that determine cancer invasiveness and metastasis
Troy HarknessRegulation of replication-independent chromatin assembly in yeast
Pat KroneEmbryonic development, heat shock genes
William KulykMolecular regulation of embryonic cartilage and differentiation
Adel MohamedEnzyme inducers on experimental allergic encephalomyelitis, Medical and Dental Anatomy curriculum designing, steroid effect on different organs
Helen NicholApplications of synchrotron technology to medicine
Nick OvsenekHeat Shock Proteins
Bogdan PopescuHealth sciences
David SchreyerMetabolic response that neurons undergo following injury, and how this response contributes to an ability to regenerate damaged nerve fibers
Valerie VergeNerve Injury and Repair Mechanisms , Role of Neurotrophic Molecules

Tuition and funding


Research supervisors are responsible for assisting students with obtaining funding during their program. This may come from scholarships or teaching assistantships, or may come from the supervisors own research grants. When you speak with potential supervisors about the research you would like to do, ask about funding opportunities.

In addition to potential funding from your department, there are scholarships and awards available to all eligible students. There are also special programs for international students from China, Vietnam, and Ecuador.


Thesis or project based program

Graduate students in a thesis or project based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program.

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2016 $1300.00 $1950.00
January 1 - April 30, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
May 1 - August 31, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
Total per academic year $3900.00 $5850.00

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor of Science Four-year (B.Sc. Four-year), or equivalent, from a recognized college or university
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) or equivalent in a relevant discipline
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Application process

Find a supervisor

Using the list above, find a potential supervisor, read about the work they are currently doing and their past publications. If you think you'd like to work with them, contact them and describe your research interests and past academic experience. If they are accepting students, they will instruct you to begin a formal application.

Submit an online application

Once you begin an application, choose one of the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September
  • Graduate (C) Winter term start - January
  • Graduate (D) Spring term start - May

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • The names and email addresses of your three referees
  • Your educational history from all post-secondary institutions you've attended

The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later as long as you remember the Login ID and PIN you've created.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. It is recommended that you pay online with a credit card. If you do not pay online when completing your application, you will need to use an alternate form of payment. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

If you are a past or current student you may begin an application in the admissions channel of PAWS.

Submitting required documents

Once you've completed an online application you will need to have the following documents submitted:
  • You will need to send in official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate courses (including, where necessary, a certified English translation), even if a degree was not awarded. You do not need to submit transcripts for courses taken at the U of S.
  • Have the transcripts sent directly from the institutions to the department address below.
  • If your current degree is still in progress, you will need to arrange for your official final transcripts showing the awarding of your degree to be sent to your department.
  • Copies of transcripts are not acceptable as final admission documents, unless they have also been verified and stamped by your issuing institution.

If you are required to provide proof of English proficiency your English test results need to be sent directly from the organization where your tests were taken to the department address below.


Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
A302-107 Wiggins Rd.
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E5

Graduate Chair
David Schreyer

Graduate Programs Administrator