Program

Application deadline is May 15th for Canadian students and January 1st for International students.
ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.Sc.2-3 years
Ph.D.4-6 years

We offer M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in all of the major sub-disciplinary areas in chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, theoretical). Graduate programs are tailored to the individual student and feature a strong interaction with faculty. The department has a long history of research and graduate training. More than 350 Master's degrees have been awarded with the first being conferred in 1919. The first Doctorate was awarded in 1952 and more than 200 Ph.D. students have subsequently graduated from the department. Many of our graduates have gone on to have distinguished careers in academia and in industry, most notably Henry Taube (Nobel Laureate, 1983; M.Sc., 1937).

While conducting research at the University of Saskatchewan, you will have access to state of the art facilities such as the Saskatchewan Structural Sciences Centre and the Canadian Light Source, Canada's only synchrotron.

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
Richard BowlesMaterials, Surfaces and Nanostructures, Physical Chemistry, liquid systems, nanoparticles, soft condensed matter
Ian BurgessMaterials, Surfaces and Nanostructures, Physical Chemistry, biological chemistry, charge transfer, electrochemical, molecules, nanoparticles
Thomas EllisBiomaterials, Dental materials, Materials science, Surfaces and interfaces, Synchrotron infrared spectromicroscopy, Team research, Transdisciplinary research
Stephen FoleyMaterials, Surfaces and Nanostructures, catalyst, inorganic chemistry, metals, organometallic, reactions
Michel GravelCarbenes, Enantioselective Synthesis, NHC, Organic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Natural Products, Organocatalysis
Andrew GrosvenorMaterials Chemistry, Solid-state Inorganic Chemistry, Surface Science, X-ray Spectroscopy
Timothy KellyMaterials, Surfaces and Nanostructures, Physical Chemistry, inorganic chemistry, materials chemistry, photovoltaic, solar cells, solar energy
Marek MajewskiOrganic Chemistry and Natural Products, Organic synthesis, natural products, organic chemistry
Jens MuellerAluminum, Boron, Ferrocene, Gallium, Group 13 Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Materials, Surfaces and Nanostructures, Metallopolymers, Organometallic Chemistry, Planar Chirality
Matthew PaigeMaterials, Surfaces and Nanostructures, Physical Chemistry, analytical chemistry, biomolecules, diagnostic, fluids, microscopy, physical chemistry
David PalmerEnzymology, Inhibitor design and synthesis, Medicinal chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Natural Products, Organic chemistry, Reaction mechanisms, biological chemistry, radiochemistry
Soledade PedrasOrganic Chemistry and Natural Products, biosynthetic pathways, detoxifying enzymes, paldoxins, phytoalexins, phytoanticipins, phytotoxins, secondary metabolism
Christopher PhenixPET imaging, bio-organic chemistry, probes for imaging enzyme activity, radiochemistry
Eric PriceBacteria, Cancer, Inorganic chemistry, Molecular imaging, Organic chemistry, Positron emission tomography (PET), Radiochemistry, Radiometals, Radiopharmaceuticals
Steve ReidAnalytical chemistry, environment, toxicology
David SandersCarbohydrate-modifying Enzymes, Drug Design, Enzymology, Protein X-ray Crystallography, Structural Biology, biological chemistry, metabolism
Robert ScottX-ray Absorption Spectroscopy, catalysts, gold, ionic liquids, materials, surfaces, and nanostructures, nanoparticles, stabilization
Stephen UrquhartMaterials, Surfaces and Nanostructures, NEXAFS, Physical Chemistry, Surface Science, X-ray absorption spectriscopy, X-ray microcopy, synchrotron
Dale WardDiels-Alder, aldol, group selective reactions, organic synthesis, polypropionates, stereoselective reactions, total synthesis
Lee WilsonBiomaterials, Carbohydrates, Chemical Separations, Colloids & Surfactants, Hydration Phenomena, Hydrophobic Effect, Macromolecules, Materials & Environmental Science, Materials, Surfaces and Nanostructures, Membranes, Molecular Recognition, Physical Chemistry, Polymers, Porous Materials, Self-Assembly, Solution Chemistry, Sorption Phenomena, Water

Tuition and funding

Funding

All eligible students will be guaranteed a stipend that may come from multiple funding sources such as research grants, scholarships, or teaching assistantships. In 2017/18 M.Sc. students will receive a minimum of $21,625 and Ph.D. students will receive a minimum of $23,625. These stipends are conditional on academic and research progress or teaching performance if tied to a teaching assistanceship.  Financial support is limited to 2 years for an M.Sc. student and 4.67 years for a Ph.D. student.

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, 2017 $1313.00 $1969.50
January 1 - April 30, 2018 $1313.00 $1969.50
May 1 - August 31, 2018 $1313.00 $1969.50
Total per academic year $3939.00 $5908.50

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 Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Chemistry, 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 Chemistry, 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. coursework required in Masters’ 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. Most faculty members will want to see a completed application file before they will consider your application for admission.

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
    • Two of your referees must be persons under whom you've studied. The third may be either a person whom you have worked professionally under, or under whom you've studied
  • 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.

Note that the Winter term starts are only available for students applying to the Ph.D. program. Spring term starts are available only by special arrangement with the department.

Submitting required documents

Once you’ve completed an online application, you will need to upload the following documents:

Preliminary Statement of Marks

  • Once you have submitted your application for admission and paid the application fee, you will be required to upload unofficial 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 can be an unofficial copy of the transcript issued by the university or college, and must include a grading key/legend.
  • 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 an official and approved test with the appropriate score before the application deadline.
  • Tests are valid for 24 months after the testing date and must be valid at the beginning of the student's first term of registration in the graduate program.
  • Applicants will be required to upload a PDF copy of any required language test score. Uploaded test scores will be considered unofficial or preliminary.

Uploading documents

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

You must download and fill out the Research Statement form. Save it as a PDF and upload it once it is complete.

  • Your CV/Resume should be a one or two page concise summary of your skills, experience and education.
  • A CV/Resume is essentially your full academic and professional profile. It should include a summary of your educational and academic backgrounds as well as teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honours, affiliations and other details.
  • Applicants will be required to upload a PDF copy of their CV/Resume.

Contact

Department of Chemistry
110 Science Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5C9

Graduate Chair
Andrew Grosvenor
Email: chem.grad.program@usask.ca

Graduate Administrator
Leah Hildebrandt
Email: leah.h@usask.ca