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

We have both applied and basic research programs for a wide range of topics in animal science and related fields, including the following specializations:

  • sustainable management systems
  • genetics
  • nutrition and metabolism
  • functional foods
  • feed ingredient development
  • grazing and forage systems
  • feed processing
  • digestive, growth, and lactation physiology
  • gastrointestinal microbiology
  • pre and probiotics
  • animal health
  • aboriginal wildlife, land, and resource management
  • human-conflict
  • animal behaviour and welfare
  • aquatic toxicology in northern ecosystems

Our university has excellent animal and feed research facilities located on campus including dairy, beef, poultry, sheep, fish, and animal metabolism units. We are currently building brand new facilities for dairy and feed research: the Rayner Dairy Teaching and Research Facility; and the Canadian Feed Research Centre.

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
Ryan BrookAboriginal wildlife, land and resource management, youth education, climate change, ecosystem monitoring
Fiona BuchananBeef cattle, molecular genetics, nutrigenetics
Mary BuhrSperm physiology and its relationship to fertility and artificial insemination
Henry ClassenPoultry nutrition and welfare (impact of light, beak trimming, toe trimming, and transportation), evaluation of feed ingredients
Trever CroweLivestock transport, Animal welfare, Livestock production
Murray DrewAquaculture nutrition, companion animal nutrition
Natacha HoganMolecular & cellular mechanisms underlying pathological & toxicological effects of contaminant exposure, changes in endocrine & immune function
Bernard LaarveldRuminant physiology, metabolism, and endocrinology, feed ingredient evaluation, by-product feeds utilization
John McKinnonBeef cattle nutrition, sustainable beef systems research
Timothy MutsvangwaRuminant nutrition and metabolism, nsition cow metabolism, manipulation of milk composition
Gregory PennerRuminant nutritional physiology, cattle nutrition to enhance health and productivity , gut function
Karen Schwean-LardnerManagement and nutrition impact on welfare and productivity of commercial poultry species
Andrew Van KesselNutritional physiology and intestinal microbial ecology, functional foods and feeds, molecular microbial ecology, gnotobiology
Peiqiang YuRuminant nutrition (dairy and beef), synchrotron applications, feed chemistry, feed processing and treatment, nutrient modeling

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 (B.Sc.) or Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (B.S.A.) from a university of acceptable standing
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • 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.

  • A letter or statement of purpose outlining your research interests
  • A curriculum vitae or resume


Department of Animal & Poultry Science
51 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8

Graduate Chair
Dr. Tim Mutsvangwa

Graduate Administrator
Melissa Zink