Program

Students may be admitted to three terms each year. The deadline to apply depends upon the term you would like to start your studies. Apply by:

  • April 30th if you'd like to start in September
  • September 30th if you'd like to start in January
  • December 31st if you'd like to start in May
ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.A.2 years
M.Sc.2 years
Ph.D.4 years

The College of Graduate Studies and Research encourages re-alignment of traditional disciplines into new patterns, crossing department and college boundaries where this will foster new areas of learning. To facilitate this, the College of Graduate Studies and Research provides opportunities for students to develop individual interdisciplinary programs leading to the M.A., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees.

The individual interdisciplinary graduate program is administered by the College of Graduate Studies through the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee. Students in interdisciplinary graduate programs are not restricted by traditional academic boundaries.

Students interested in graduate interdisciplinary programs are advised to consult with the Chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee for information on program requirements and on the procedure to be followed in developing their program proposal.

Interdisciplinary Concentrations - in order to streamline the process of admission where several students are engaged in a similar interdisciplinary area of study, the College of Graduate Studies and Research has approved the formation of Concentrations. At present, there is one Concentration in Co-operative Studies.

Research supervisors

Each student admitted to the Interdisciplinary Program must have a graduate supervisor. Students considering applying should contact prospective supervisors directly. You may also contact the Chair of the Interdisciplinary Committee, or any of the Interdisciplinary Committee members, to seek their advice on who might be a potential graduate supervisor for your program.

Students will work closely with their proposed supervisor in the preparation of the application. The supervisor will be actively involved in assisting with the preparation of the program proposal.  This will describe all of the requirements for the degree including the courses the student will take, research project, thesis and other work.

Tuition and funding

Funding

Students wishing to be considered for scholarship, regardless of the term in which they intend to start their program, need to have their application for admission accepted to the U of S by March 15.

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 Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 80% (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 four-year Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 80% (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 from a recognized university
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 80% (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

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. You and your supervisor will work together to create a program proposal.

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:

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, you will work with your supervisor to develop a program proposal that the Indisciplinary Studies Committee will review.

Contact

Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
C180 Administration Building
105 Administration Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A2

Graduate Chair
Dr. Paul Hackett
Email: paul.hackett@usask.ca

Graduate Administrator
James Dobson
Email: interd.studies@usask.ca
Telephone: 306-966-2171