December 1, 2016 is the deadline to apply for the Special Education and Measurement and Evaluation programs with a September 2017 start date.

Please note, as of July 1, 2016, admission to the Master of Education School and Counselling Psychology stream will occur on an alternate year basis. This means applications will be reviewed, and admission acceptances will occur, once every two years (e.g., applications accepted from September 2017 to December 1, 2017 for a September 2018 start date).

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.Ed.2-4 years

The M.Ed. School and Counselling stream is available only as a thesis based program. The M.Ed. Special Education or Measurement and Evaluation streams are available as either a thesis or a course based program.

There are two majors available in this program which provide students the opportunity to specialize in the areas of School and Counselling Psychology; Special Education; and Measurement and Evaluation.

School and Counselling Psychology

This two-year full-time thesis program integrates research and practice, and is unique across Canada in providing training in both school psychology and counselling psychology.  The program prepares future counsellors and psychologists who provide direct (assessment, intervention) and indirect (consultative, collaborative, advocacy) psychological services to children, youth, young adults, their families, school personnel, and the community working as members of interdisciplinary teams in various  academic, research, school, mental health, government, community agency, and private practice settings.

Special Education or Measurement and Evaluation

This research intensive program is designed to prepare practitioners and researchers with specialization in either Special Education or Measurement & Evaluation. Students can enroll in the thesis route  or course-based route. Program graduates in the special education stream are prepared to assume leadership or consultative positions in schools/school divisions, government agencies, businesses or post-secondary institutions. Program graduates in the Measurement & Evaluation stream may obtain employment as data analysts, research scientists, test developers, research consultants, assessment and testing specialists, certification and credentialing professionals, and psychometricians at research and testing organizations. Graduates of the program typically pursue careers as consultants, administrators, program designers/evaluators, or undertake further graduate work.

Research supervisors

It is not necessary to find a potential supervisor before you apply to this program.

Name Research areas
Tim ClaypoolAboriginal student success experiences throughout their education, interdisciplinary collaboration in graduate programs, school psychological services
Laurie HellstenPhysical activity and wellness, beginning teacher and professional identity and mentorship, program evaluation, survey research
Pei-Ying LinPre-service teachers’ beliefs and practices of assessments, classroom assessments and test accommodations for students with special needs
Stephanie MartinPsychology and experiences of adolescent girls and women, women’s mental health and healing experiences, training & supervision in applied psychology
Laureen McIntyreLanguage basis of learning difficulties and disabilities, professional identity and mentorship
Amin MousaviStatistical modelling in Social and Behavioral sciences, Psychometrics, Large scale assessment, Technology and Educational measurement
David MykotaSubstance use, program evaluation, resilient children and youth, child and youth psychopathology, e-learning
Jennifer NicolMusic therapy, counselling psychology, coping, health and wellbeing, qualitative research design, arts-based research.

Tuition and funding


The department has a limited number of scholarships, bursaries and graduate teaching fellowships available to students that are awarded on the basis of academic merit. The Graduate Teaching Fellowships (GTF) qualifies the candidate to instruct undergraduate courses in Educational Psychology and Special Education. Scholarships and GTF carry the expectation that the recipient will provide research assistance or teaching duties in the year that it is awarded.

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

Course based program

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 $210.10 $315.15
Cost for a three credit unit class $630.30 $945.45
Maintenance of Status course $630.30 $945.45

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 Education (B.Ed.), Bachelors of Arts Honours 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)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • At least one year of successful work experience in a human services field
  • In addition to the general requirements above, this program requires specific courses from your undergraduate degree, see full course list below
  • 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

In addition, you'll need the following depending on which concentration you are applying for:

Special Education

  • Four year degree in Psychology or Education
  • Minimum 6 credit units of undergraduate study in the area of special education
  • Introductory statistics course

Course-based M.Ed. in Special Education - Advanced Standing Entrance Requirements

  • Post degree certificate in Education - Special Education
  • Four year degree in Education
  • 6 credit units of undergraduate study in Special Education
  • Introductory statistics course

Measurement and Evaluation

  • Four year degree in Psychology or Education
  • Intermediate statistics course

Application process

Submit an online application

Once you begin an application, choose the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September

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.

Submitting required documents

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

Please note that in most cases, you will need to allow one business day after paying your application fee before you are permitted to upload 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

In addition to the above official documents, please upload the following documents:

  • Current resume
  • Personal Statement of Intent: This should be a 2-3 page (maximum) letter that supports your application. The statement should include reference to your academic or professional preparation of the program, indication of your commitment to the program and relevance of the program to your career aspirations.

Finally, applicants to the School and Counselling Psychology program need to provide the following:

  • Pre-requisite Checklist Form A - download PDF document
  • Approved Prerequisite Equivalent Courses - Check the most up-to-date Course Equivalency List. Courses that have been assessed as equivalent (or not) to University of Saskatchewan courses are listed by university. The attached list is current to October 1, 2012. If a course you'd like reviewed for equivalency is not listed, please forward a course equivalency request to the EPSE graduate secretary at and attach the course syllabus/calendar course description.
  • A Personal Letter of reference from a recent supervisor or employer able to comment on your personal qualities that suggest your suitability for a future career as a helping professional. This is a separate reference letter sent to the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education by the writer and is in addition to the three Letters of Recommendation supplied through the online application process.


Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education
28 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X1

Graduate Chair
Dr. Stephanie Martin

Graduate Student Support
Charmaine Spezowka