Program

Applications are open throughout the year.

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

Our university is located in Saskatchewan, a province known for its agricultural production and advanced research in agro-biological science and engineering. In this program you'll be able to study and conduct research in:

  • agriculture machinery design
  • sensors and instrumentation for agriculture and biological systems
  • agricultural building environments
  • soil and water management
  • cold-regions hydrology
  • postharvest and food process engineering
  • value-added bioprocessing
  • biomass and bioengery

You'll also benefit from the close relations our faculty have with the following industry and research partners:

  • Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute
  • Institute for Agricultural Rural and Environmental Health
  • Prairie Swine Centre Inc.
  • National Hydrology Water Research Center
  • Canada-Saskatchewan Irrigation Development Centre
  • Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre
  • POS Bio-Sciences

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
Oon-Doo BaikRadio frequency heating, food and biomaterial processing, heat and mass transfer, reaction kinetics, computer simulation, ultrasound, pulsed electric field, process design and optimization, food safety and quality
Trever CroweLivestock transport, Animal welfare, Livestock production
Terrance FonstadWaste utilization, hydrology, ion exchange in reactive groundwater transport, environmental protection, geoenvironmental engineering, biogas production from anaerobic digestion and gasification
Huiqing GuoHVAC, Air quality control, Environment control for agricultural buildings, Air emission and dispersion monitoring and modelling
Warren HelgasonAtmospheric boundary layer processes, energy and mass transport in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum, irrigation
Venkatesh MedaPost-harvest processing, Food/Bio-process engineering
Scott NobleSpectroscopy, Hyperspectral Imaging, Machine Vision, Process Monitoring, Pneumatic Conveying, Agricultural Machinery
Bernardo PredicalaImprovement in indoor air quality and reduction of odour and gaseous emissions from pig barns
Martin RobergeAgricultural machinery, virtual prototyping, crop/soil flow modelling
Lope TabilDrying and storage, biomass, densification, pelleting, biofuels, value-added processing of crops, biomass pretreatment, forage process engineering, feed processing, postharvest technology

Tuition and funding

Funding

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering has a number of graduate teaching or research opportunities available and your supervisor may have funding from their research grants for eligible students. 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.

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

  • A four-year honors degree, or 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 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's degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university in a relevant academic 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.

Contact

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Engineering Building Room 1A01
57 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A9

Graduate Chair
Dr. Venkatesh Meda
Email: venkatesh.meda@usask.ca

Graduate Administrator
Email: BLEGrad.inquiries@usask.ca