Program

January 15th is the deadline to apply to begin the program in September. Late applications may be considered but most awards are made in February and March.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.A.2 years

Our archaeology program has an emphasis on the Plains and Boreal forest regions, connecting with local archaeological societies and communities across Saskatchewan and beyond. Our faculty research areas include:

  • Bioarchaeology
  • Environmental
  • Historical archaeology
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Zooarchaeology
  • Computer applications
  • Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology

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
Alec AitkenQuaternary geology, geoarchaeology, geomorphology, marine biology
Terence ClarkCoastal archaeology, archaeological statistics, complex hunter-gatherers
Chris FoleyIron Age, Upper Paleolithic, West Asia, landscape, spatial analysis
Margaret KennedyWestern Canadian settlement, archaeology, consumption, fur trade, gender, household archaeology, settlement
Angela LieverseAncient health, circumpolar regions, human osteology, hunter-gatherers, paleopathology
Glenn StuartArchaeology, Boreal Forest, Human environmental impact, Macrobotanical analysis, Paleoenvironment, Paleoethnobotany, Palynology, Parkland, Phytolith analysis, Plains, archaeology, hunter-gatherers, macrobotanical analysis, paleoethnobotany, subsistence
Ernie WalkerForensic anthropolgy, geoarchaeology, osteology, paleoenvironmenal studies, paleopathology

Tuition and funding

Funding

We provide a limited number of graduate scholarships amounting to $16,000 per twelve-month period to qualifying students. An average of at least 80% must have been obtained in last two years of academic work.

Academic Student Assistantships are available for work provided to faculty and the department. A limited number of Graduate Teaching Fellowships are available with expectations that student will teach one course or equivalent work in the academic year.

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.

Tuition

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

Master of Arts

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Honours or Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Honours or, equivalent degree in archaeology or anthropology
  • a cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. 60 credit units)
  • students with Honours degrees in other disciplines are encouraged to apply, but they will be required to do qualifying course work
  • substantial course work in the area of declared research interest
  • a course in archaeological method and theory
  • 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 have are accepting students, they will instruct you to begin a formal application.

Submit an online application

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

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September

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 upload the following documents:

Please note that in most cases, you will need to allow one business day after paying your application fee before you are permitted to upload documents.

If you are applying for start dates prior to Fall 2017 (Winter 2017 or Spring/Summer 2017) you will not be able to upload documents to your application. Please e-mail any unoffical copies of required documents to the graduate administrator listed below.

Preliminary Statement of Marks

  • Once you have submitted your application for admission and paid the application fee, 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 when you check your application status.
  • The uploaded transcript should be a copy of a 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 when you check your application status.

Uploading documents

Post-secondary Transcripts

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.

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

In addition to the above official documents, please upload the following documents:

  • A Research Statement. Your Research Statement should be two to three pages in length and:
    • indicate the area of specialization within Archaeology in which you intend to study (see departmental website) and with whom you wish to work and why
    • identification of a possible research problem and initial outline of the methodology required to conduct the research. Indicate why the topic is important to the field of study
    • background experience and interests that will contribute to your proposed research orientation
  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • Three letters of recommendation (may be done during the online application)
  • Writing Sample - Please choose essays or terms papers (two in number) which have substantial arguments or other critical content, preferably from your archaeology courses. Original copies with the instructor's comments and grading would be appreciated, if possible. If you have published a paper, that would be a very suitable submission in place of one of the term papers.

Contact

Department of Archaeology & Anthropology
55 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5B1

Graduate Chair
Dr. Margaret Kennedy
Email: marg.kennedy@usask.ca

Graduate Administrator
Debbie Croteau
Email: debbie.croteau@usask.ca