Program

There are no application deadlines for the Health Sciences Graduate Program. Students are accepted at the beginning of each Academic Term. 

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

The MSc and PhD programs in Health Sciences are thesis-based graduate programs for graduate students performing research intensive research within the College of Medicine. Research projects primarily investigate translational and/or clinical aspects of human disease, health, healthy living, and/or translational research but may also include more biomedical research projects with clinical translation.

Areas of research are open and dependent on the research interests and expertise of the student and their research supervisor. These programs offer relevant, centrally managed programs that provide research skills, attitudes, and knowledge necessary for any life and health science graduate regardless of the nature of the research project.

Research supervisors

We recommend that you contact the faculty that are doing research in an area that interests you before beginning a formal application.

Tuition and funding

Funding

The University of Saskatchewan faculty supervisor must have funding for the student’s proposed project. Either the student or the U of S faculty supervisor must have additional funding for the student’s stipend. 

The department employs graduate students as marking assistants and a limited number of scholarships, research fellowships and teaching assistantships are available. There is a keen competition for this financial support. Applications for Departmental Scholarships, Research Fellowships and Teaching Assistantships may only be submitted after a student has been admitted. 

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, 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 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 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 may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Application process

Find a supervisor

We recommend that you contact the faculty that are doing research in an area that interests you before beginning a formal application.

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 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 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 should be a copy of a transcript issued by the university or college.
  • 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 Studies and Research
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.
  • The English-language proficiency test must be taken within the last two years of receipt of your application.
  • 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 Studies and Research
Room C180, 105 Administration Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5A2

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

  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A brief essay (approximately 1-2 pages) outlining research interests, academic goals, and reasons for pursuing this graduate program
  • Together with their proposed supervisor applicants are asked to prepare a three page research proposal that includes: Title of project, Background Rationale, Research Hypothesis, Research Methodology, Study Design to be used, Expected Outcomes, Significance & Relevance of the Project.
  • The Faculty Supervisor will also be asked to submit a letter of support for the student's application.  The letter should outline the source for the project funding and provide information regarding the student's financial support. Faculty supervisors must also provide a list of the faculty members who will be a part of the student's research advisory committee. The Committee Chairperson should be familiar with the Health Sciences graduate programs policies and procedures  

Contact

Health Sciences Program
College of Medicine
Office: 2D01 Health Sciences Building
Mail: Box 19 Health Sciences Building
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E5

Graduate Program Coordinator
Angie Zoerb
Email: angie.zoerb@usask.ca