Program

Applications are open throughout the year but you must submit your applications at least six months prior to the start of the term.

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

This research based program will allow you to conduct original research with access to state of the art facilities, research centres, and labs. Our faculty have a focus on the following research areas:

Biochemical Engineering
Research in the area of biotechnology involves the studies of biodegradation, biofilms, bioreactor design, drying of spores, gasohol purification, VOC bioremediation, recombinant fermentation, and metabolic engineering and functional genomics.

Corrosion
Predictive modelling and experimental studies are underway relating to corrosion in a wide range of industrial systems.

Fluid Mechanics
Multiphase pipeline flow, rheology and fluidization are at the centre of both experimental and theoretical studies of fluid mechanics

Reaction Engineering
In the area of chemical reaction engineering, conversion of biomass and other waste materials to synthesis gas and value-added bioproducts, biodiesel production and utilization, alkylation and isomerization to value-added bio-products, hydrotreating of heavy gas oil, conversion of mercaptans and hydrogen sulphide on carbon catalysts, production and utilization of activated carbon and production and applications of carbon nano-tubes, the development of renewable source of energy and chemicals from biomass-derived oils under catalytic reaction conditions was studied. The role of catalysts in the abatement of gaseous pollutants from coal-fired power plants has also been examined.

Thermodynamics
The phase equilibria of industrially important systems have been studied with a view to improving existing process design.

Research supervisors

It is not necessary to find a potential supervisor before you begin an application. The list below though may be helpful to learn about the research interests of our faculty. The first step of your application will be to complete a pre-application form which will be used to match you with a faculty supervisor.

Name Research areas
Shafiq AlamMineral processing, hydrometallurgy, metals recovery / recycling, biosorption, biomaterials, waste / residue treatment, acid mine drainage (AMD), process modeling, process flowsheet development, process optimization
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
Ajay DalaiChemical reactions, heterogeneous catalysis, biomass and bioenergy, petroleum processing, materials synthesis and characterization, gas processing, hydrotreating, sustainable energy, value-added processing, nanotechnology, gasification, Fischer-Tropsch synthesis
Richard EvittsCorrosion, materials, metallurgy, minerals, particles, electrochemical engineering, fuel cells, green energy, process engineering, crystallization
Georges KipourosMaterials, corrosion, powder metallurgy, magnesium, aluminum, molten salts, chemical metallurgy, reactive metals, thermodynamics, kinetics
Yen-Han LinFermentation, bioethanol, fuel alcohol, biochemical engineering, biotechnology, bioprocess development, applied bioinformatics, yeast, baker's yeast, microbiology
Venkatesh MedaPost-harvest processing, Food/Bio-process engineering
Edmund Mupondwa
Mehdi NematiEnvironmental bioengineering, biochemical engineering, bioremediation, microbial fuel cell technology, napthenic acids, oil sand tailing, sulphur and nitrogenous pollutants, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), biocorrosion, bioreactor
Catherine Hui NiuBiosorption, Biofuel Ethanol Purification, Biochemcial separation, drug release, industrial effluent treatment and metal recovery
Ding-Yu PengThermodynamics of Green Process Mixtures
Aaron PhoenixThermodynamics, computational methods, torrefaction
Bernardo PredicalaImprovement in indoor air quality and reduction of odour and gaseous emissions from pig barnsImprovement in indoor air quality and reduction of odour and gaseous emissions from pig barns
Martin RobergeAgricultural machinery, virtual prototyping, crop/soil flow modelling
Jafar SoltanEnvironmental catalysis, Catalytic ozonation, Application of ultrasound in wastewater treatment, Multiphase reactors, Novel sorbents and catalysts
Lope TabilDrying and storage, biomass, densification, pelleting, biofuels, value-added processing of crops, biomass pretreatment, forage process engineering, feed processing, postharvest technology
Hui WangHeterogeneous catalysis, reaction engineering, separation processes, process design, catalysis studies using synchrotron beams, catalysts and absorbents material development, CO2 reforming, H2S chemical split for hydrogen, sulfur removal, Hg emission control
Lifeng ZhangFluidized beds, multiphase flow, biomass and bioenergy, electrostatics, process intensification, PEM fuel cells, green polymers, particle technology, sustainability

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 students. There are also special programs for international students from China, Vietnam, and Ecuador.

Note that M.Eng. students are not eligible for funding.

Tuition

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, 2015 $1268.00 $1902.00
January 1 - April 30, 2016 $1268.00 $1902.00
May 1 - August 31, 2016 $1268.00 $1902.00
Total per academic year $3804.00 $5706.00

Students in course based programs pay tuition for each class they take. Every class is assigned a number of credit units (usually three) which determines the cost. If a student is not enrolled in any classes for a term, they will need to register in a 'Maintenance of Status' class that is 3 credits to stay in their program.

P.G.D. students do not need to register in the Maintenance of Status course as long as they take a single class every academic year.

Canadian International
Cost per credit unit $205.00 $307.50
Cost for a three credit unit class $615.00 $922.50
Maintenance of Status course $615.00 $922.50

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
  • 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 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
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, or equivalent, from a recognized university in a relevant academic discipline 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 full-time undergraduate study (e.g. 60 credit units of course work)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Application process

Before you apply

Please visit our department's website and follow the pre-qualification steps detailed.

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. Jafar Soltan

Graduate Administrator
Jaime Provo
Email: chemeng.inquiries@usask.ca