Applications are accepted throughout the year. Scholarship competitions are held in April each year.

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

Our department has active research programs in a diverse range of sub-disciplines. We have three areas of particular focus and strength:

  • Structure and function
  • Biodiversity and evolution
  • Ecology and the environment

This program encourages collaboration with other colleges in our university such as the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Medicine, or the College of Agriculture and Bioresources. We also have close connections with government institutions located on campus such as the Prairie and Northern Wildlife Centre and the Plant Biotechnology Institute. At the University of Saskatchewan, you will have the opportunity to both access world class research facilities and engage with local communities when conducting your research.

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
Chris AmbroseActin, cell adhesion, cell biology, cell division, cell wall, cytoskeleton, endomembrane, imaging, microtubule
Jose AndresAdaption, evolution, field crickets, genetics, origin, poison dart frogs, reproduction, soapberry bug
Peta Bonham-SmithHeat stress, molecular biology, plant, plant cell biology, plant ribosome, trichomes
P. Jorge ChedreseBiotechnology, endocrinology, gene, ovary, pituitary
Neil ChiltonEctoparasites, endosymbiotic and pathogenic bacteria, nematodes, population genetics, ticks
Doug ChiversAmphibians, behavioural ecology, chemical ecology, fish, freshwater, marine, predator/prey interactions
Hugo Cota-SanchezCactaceae, Natural History Collections, Plant Systematics, Reproductive and Pollination Biology
Art DavisBotany, developmental biology, ecology, palynology, pollen
Carlos CarvalhoC. elegans, aging, chromosome, epigenetics, genetics, germline
Jack GrayAnimal behaviour, Biorobotics, Insect, Neuroethology, Neurophysiology, Neuroscience
Jeff HudsonAquatic biogeochemistry, Aquatic ecosystems, Aquatic nutrients, Climate change, Elemental cycling, Food webs, Lakes and rivers, Plankton, Reservoirs, Ultraviolet Radiation, Water, Water quality
Jill JohnstoneBoreal forest, disturbance ecology, ecosystem dynamics, fire, succession, tundra, vegetation communities
Susan KaminskyjCell biology, endophytes, fungi, hyphal growth, prairies
Jeffrey LaneClimate change, Hibernation, Phenology, Quantitative genetics, Wild mammal
Dennis LehmkuhlSaskatchewan, aquatic insects, ecology, freshwater ecology, pollution, prairie, river
Tracy MarchantAnimal, biology, bird, corticosterone, endocrinology, energy, feather, growth, hormone, physiology, stress, vertebrate, zoology
Philip Dunstan McLoughlinAnimal ecology, behaviour, biodiversity, caribou, evolution, habitat selection, horse, mammals, morphology, natural history, natural selection, population-level ecological genetics
Christy MorrisseyAnimal physiology, birds, contaminants, ecotoxicology, environment, migration, pollution, populations, river, toxicology, water, wetlands
Som NiyogiAnimal Physiology, Aquatic Toxicology, Assessment of Industrial Metal Pollution, Metal Bioavailabilty and Toxicity, Physiology of Metal Uptake and Homeostasis
Chris ToddArabidopsis, abiotic stress, molecular biology, nitrogen metabolism, plant biochemistry, plant biology, plant development, plant physiology, soybean
Yangdou WeiFungi, molecular plant pathology, pathogenomics, plant, viral
Karen WiebeBirds, foraging, parental care, reproductive success, woodpecker
Ken WilsonAlgae, biodiversity, bioenergetics, genomics, molecular biology, photosynthesis
The above list does not include adjunct and associate professors who may also be able to supervise students in this program. Visit the Department of Biology's website for a full listing of all faculty members.

Tuition and funding


Funding is not guaranteed for this program. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis based on nominations from supervisors. 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

  • 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
  • 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 (i.e. coursework required in Master's program)
  • 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.

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


Department of Biology
112 Science Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E2

Graduate Chair
Yangdou Wei

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