Program

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

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

We have expertise in clinical psychiatry, Applied Research, Biological Psychiatry and Aboriginal mental health.

Applied Research: focuses on the psychosocial determinants for emotional and physical wellbeing, and for mental health issues as well as the distribution and the effectiveness of treatment of these mental health issues.

Biological Psychiatry: focuses more on determining the biological basis for brain dysfunction in selected mental health issues, particularly depression. Most of these studies are based on animal and cell models, and are designed to investigate the effect of pharmaceutical treatment(s) on cell function and/or the animal’s behaviour.

Aboriginal Mental Health: research will occur under the direction of a medical anthropologist.

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
Camelia AdamsAdult attachment style, Social anxiety, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Marilyn BaetzSpiritulaity, Religion, Depression, Anxiety
Lloyd Cenon Balbuena
Rudy BowenAnxiety, Mood, Clinical
Carl D'ArcyAD and dementia, physical activity reducing mental disorders, successful aging, Psychological well-being, Minor depression
Erika Dyck20th Century, Canadian medicine, Deinstitutionalization, Eugenics, Human Experimentation, LSD and Psychedelic Drugs, Peyote, Psychedelics, Psychiatry and Mental Health
Mansfield MelaFetal alcohol spectrum disorder, Adult ADHD in forensic patients, Psychopharmacology, Spirituality & religiosity in forensic patients & mental health
Darrell MousseauNeurochemistry and molecular biology, early life determinants as risk factors for Alzheimer disease, clinical depression
Sadeq RahimiCultural Consultation, Cultural Psychiatry, Hauntology, Intergenerational Transmission of Affect, Iran, Islamic Cultures, Mental Illness, Political Subjectivity, Schizophrenia, Subjectivity, Turkey
Caroline TaitMedical anthropology, Indigenous health and social justice, challenges faced by women who are marginalized
Wolfgang WalzAging process, Synaptic plasticity, non-neuronal brain cells in disease, Biology and pathology of astrocytes and microglia

Tuition and funding

Funding

Students will only be admitted if funding is available. Funding may come from a combination of scholarships, research grants, and teaching assistantships. 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 Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Biology, 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
  • A Master of Science in Biology, or equivalent, from a recognized 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)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

With the recommendation of the unit, direct entry Ph.D. admission is available to exceptionally strong students, who show great promise in terms of academic accomplishments and potential for research.

  • a four-year honours 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 a 80% (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

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 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.

In addition to the above official documents, send the following to the Graduate Secretary listed below:

  • A letter or statement of intent outlining your research interests
  • Copies of your academic transcript(s): your official transcripts must be sent by the registrar(s) of the university or universities which you have attended
  • A curriculum vitae or resume

Contact

Departmental Office
Rm 119 Ellis Hall
103 Hospital Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W8

Graduate Chair
Dr. Darrell Mousseau
Email: darrell.mousseau@usask.ca