Applications are due by February 1st for September admissions.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.A.2 years

From its multi-disciplinary foundation, Indigenous Studies is progressively acquiring an independent and unique basis for its teaching and research. The Department of Indigenous Studies seeks to provide an intellectual milieu where teaching and research are well grounded in the priorities and knowledge of Saskatchewan’s Aboriginal communities, all the while placing them within the larger fabric of the Canadian Aboriginal experience and the emergent global, social phenomenon of indigeneity.

Researchers and students in Indigenous Studies explore and seek to understand the fundamental nature of Aboriginal society. As a centre of academic inquiry based on sound pedagogical and research principles, the Department of Indigenous Studies strives to develop more expansive and innovative views on Indigenous Knowledge.

In addition to the Masters program, a Ph.D. program is available on a special case basis. If you are interested in participating in the Ph.D. program, contact the graduate chair directly.

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
Bonita BeattyAboriginal, Indigenous, Saskatchewan, community, community engagement, governance, health, public policy
Adam GaudryAboriginal, Early Manitoba History, Indigenous Governance, Indigenous Prairie History, Indigenous Studies Theory, Metis Studies, indigenous
Robert Alexander InnesAboriginal, Gender, Indigenous, Masculinities, community, kinship, knowledge, water
Sarah Nickel20th Century, Aboriginal, Community-Engaged Research, Gender, History, Indigenous, Indigenous Activism, Indigenous Feminism, Indigenous Methodologies, Oral history, Settler Colonialism, Social Movements 1960s-1980s, Sovereignty, Women
Priscilla SetteeAboriginal, Communities, food, globalization, indigenous, knowledge, politics, women
James B. WaldramAboriginal Health, Cross-Cultural Physical & Mental Health, Indigenous, aboriginal, central america, cultural psychology, culture, disaster, ethnography, healing, medical anthropology, mental health, psychological anthropology, risk
Winona WheelerCommunity-Based, anti-colonial, education, indigenous, knowledge, oral history, women

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.

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

Master of Arts

  • B.A. Honours degree in Indigenous Studies or equivalent. Students from allied social science or humanities areas, or from other fields where there has been a focus on Native peoples, will also be considered
  • 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

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 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.

In addition to the above official documents, send the following to the program office listed below:

  • A writing sample
  • A two page proposal outlining:
    • Your proposed area of research;
    • A summary of your research plan;
    • The Indigenous Studies faculty member that you would like to supervise your project and the reasons why you want them as a supervisor; (it is a good idea for you to contact the potential supervisor to discuss your research project)
    • Other potential committee members in the Department of Indigenous Studies or at the University of Saskatchewan;
    • Graduate courses that you plan to enroll in; and,
    • Financial support that you have (or plan to) apply for.


142 Kirk Hall, 117 Science Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5C8

Graduate Chair
Rob Innes
Telephone: 306-966-2197

Graduate Administrator
Michelle Jarvin
Telephone: 306-966-6209