Applications are accepted for this program year-round.

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

This research based program allows you to pursue a degree in one of the following fields of geological sciences:

  • geochemistry
  • geophysics
  • paleontology, paleobiology and paleobotany
  • mineralogy, petrology and ore geology
  • structural geology and tectonics
  • sedimentology and stratigraphy

While studying in the Department of Geological Sciences, you will have access to world class facilities to support your research including:

  • Saskatchewan Isotope Laboratory
  • Electron Microprobe Laboratory
  • X-ray Diffraction Laboratory
  • Aqueous and Environmental Geochemistry Laboratories
  • Electronic Paramagnetic Resonance Laboratory
  • Hydrothermal Mineralogy and Geochemistry Laboratory
  • Global Geochronology and Lithostratigraphy Database
  • Advanced computing facilities

You will also have access to other world class facilities housed at the University of Saskatchewan including:

  • Canadian Light Source – Canada’s only synchrotron
  • Saskatchewan Structural Sciences Centre
  • Advanced (electron) microscopy facilities

Research supervisors

You will need to contact the faculty that are doing research in an area that interests you before beginning a formal application. You cannot be admitted to this program without a faculty supervisor in place.

Name Research areas
Kevin AnsdellIsotope geology, Mineral deposits, Precambrian Geology, Trans-Hudson Orogen, base metals, lithogeochemistry, petrology, precious metals, rare earth elements, uranium
Jim BasingerCanada, climate change, conifer, paleobotany
Luis BuatoisEdiacaran, Ichnology, Neogene, Paleobiology, Sedimentology, paleontology, stratigraphy
Samuel ButlerApplied Geophysics, Compaction, Geophysics, Mantle, Numerical modelling, Porous, Tektite
Bruce EglingtonSouthern Africa, exploratory data analysis, geochemical, geotectonic, hydrochemistry, isotope
Graham GeorgeDisease, health, mercury, metals, spectroscopy, toxicology
M. Jim HendryImpact of mining on the environment, agro-contaminants, aqueous geochemistry, gas chemistry, hydrogeology, mine waste geochemistry, mining, solute transport in aquifers and aquitards
Chris HolmdenCycle, earth, evolution, geochemistry, isotope, isotope geochemistry, paeloenvironments, paleontology, sedimentology
Matt LindsayBiogeochemistry, contaminants, environmental geochemistry, geochemistry, groundwater, metalloid, minerals, mining, oil sands
Gabriela ManganoFossils, ichnology, paleobiology, paleontology, sedimentology, stratigraphy
Jim MerriamElectromagnetics, earth tides, geophysical, induced polarization, near-surface geophysics
Igor MorozovAnelasticity, Imaging, Mantle, Q, Seismology
Yuanming PanGeochemistry, mineral deposits, mineral spectroscopy, minerals, minerology, petrology
Camille PartinCanadian Shield, geochemistry, geochronology, minerals, precambrian, sedimentary basins
Bill PattersonBird, climate change, climatology, isotope geochemistry, paleobotany, paleontology, sedimentology, stratigraphy
Ingrid PickeringX-ray absorption spectroscopy, X-ray fluorescence imaging, arsenic, environment, health, mercury, metals, selenium, stroke, synchrotron
Brian PrattEarthquakes, fossils, paleontology, sedimentology, stratigraphy
Ernie WalkerForensic anthropolgy, geoarchaeology, osteology, paleoenvironmenal studies, paleopathology

Tuition and 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. Under normal circumstances, we will only accept students in this program if their supervisor can provide funding for them.

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 honours 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 will be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • A Master's degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university 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. coursework required in Master's program)
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research
  • Proof of English language proficiency will be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Application process

Note that it may take up to three months to process an international application.

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.

When contacting faculty, please supply a copy of your transcripts and a concise statement of your research interests.

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.


Department of Geological Sciences
114 Science Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E2

Graduate Chair
Dr. Matt Lindsay

Graduate Administrator
Chantal Strachan-Crossman