Program

The deadline to apply for September admission is February 15th. Students who apply by December 2nd will have the greatest opportunity for scholarships.

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

The department supports graduate studies in both human and physical geography. Graduate training and research in the department focuses on:

  • Environmental Studies, Policy, Management, and Assessment
  • Geographic Information Science and Remote Sensing
  • Hydrological and Ecohydrological Processes and Modeling
  • Landscape Analysis and Environmental Change
  • Regional, Urban and Watershed Planning
  • Aboriginal and Health Studies

Faculty use a range of research methods including quantitative and modeling techniques as well as qualitative research techniques.  Field work spans the country with well instrumented field sites in the Canadian North and the Rockies as well as selected urban and rural places across the country and internationally.  The Department hosts a Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change and Water Resources, and is equipped with graduate student offices, laboratories, and research space for both the social and natural sciences with recent investments provided by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, University, and Province of Saskatchewan. The department also shares the university commitment to develop partnerships between communities and the university and to engage in research projects that improve conditions for people living in the province.

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
Alec AitkenQuaternary geology, geoarchaeology, geomorphology, marine biology
Avi AkkermanAccess needs by age and ability, Integration of traffic modes, Physical accessibility in the city, Winter cities, ancient, medieval and renaissance, back alley design, city-form, mind-city interaction, pedestrian networks, phenomenology, transportation, urban, wind tunnels
Scott BellGIS, geography, health, navigation, spatial cognition
Dirk de BoerErosion models, geomorphology, hydrology, water
Jill A.E. GunnAssessment, cumulative effects assessment, environmental, environmental assessment, planning, regional, urban
Xulin GuoBiogeochemical, climate change, forest, grassland, remote sensing
Paul Hackett20th Century, Indigenous, aboriginal, community, culture, disease, health
Lawrence W. MartzDigital terrain analysis, Landscape analysis, TOPAZ, Watershed modeling, digital
Bram NobleAssessment, cumulative effects assessment, energy resources, environmental assessment, environmental policy, mineral, water, watersheds
Robert PatrickWatershed Planning, aboriginal, indigenous, land use, urban, water
John PomeroyClimate, hydrology, snow, water security
Maureen ReedSocial dimensions of environment and sustainability, environmental governance, community-based ecosystem management, gender-based analysis
Ryan WalkerAboriginal, Indigenous, city planning, public space, urban design, urban geography
Cherie WestbrookCanadian Prairies, Ecohydrology, Rocky Mountains, assessment, beaver, environmental assessment, groundwater-surface water interactions, hydro-biogeochemistry, peatlands, water storage

Tuition and funding

Funding

All successful applicants for graduate studies in the Department are considered for support or scholarship on the basis of merit. No separate application is required.

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

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

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 bachelors 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)
  • Academic record which shows promise of the ability to successfully pursue 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 four-year bachelors 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)
  • Academic record which shows promise of the ability to successfully pursue advanced study and research
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • M.A. or M.Sc. degree in Geography or a cognate subject 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 Master's program)
  • adequate preparation to undertake research work
  • 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 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 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 be 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, 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 program office listed below:

  • Statement of research interests
  • Copies of your university transcripts and language test scores (if needed)

Contact

Department of Geography & Planning
Kirk Hall
117 Science Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5C8

Graduate Chair
Cherie Westbrook
Email: cherie.westbrook@usask.ca

Graduate Administrator
Phyllis Baynes
Email: phyllis.baynes@usask.ca