Program

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
P.G.D.1 year
M.Eng.2 years
M.Sc.2 years
Ph.D.4 years

The department offers Master of Science (M.Sc.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) and Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree programs, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma (P.G.D.) program.  In the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs, graduate students complete course work and a project, while P.G.D. students complete course work only.  All graduate programs are conducted under the supervision of a faculty member.  Graduate student enrollment is approximately 80 students, and about half of our students are enrolled in the Ph.D. program.

Faculty members pursue research in six broad areas of mechanical engineering:

  • advanced engineering design and manufacturing
  • applied mechanics and machine design
  • bioengineering
  • control systems, robotics and fluid power
  • fluid dynamics, thermal sciences and energy
  • materials science and metallurgy

Research programs range from fundamental investigations intended to advance theoretical understanding to practical studies intended to solve current industrial and environmental problems.  A significant number of research projects involve industrial partners who provide funding, expertise, and access to special research facilities.

The department is home to Canada Research Chairs in Nanoengineering Coating Technologies and Energy and Advanced Materials.  The department has well equipped laboratories, which include facilities that are among the very best of their kind in Canada.  Research is also conducted on campus at a number of other facilities, including the Saskatchewan Structural Sciences Centre and the Canadian Light Source, Canada's national synchrotron research facility.

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
Donald BergstromComputational Fluid Dynamics, Turbulence Modelling, Wind tunnel modelling of external flows
James BuggParticle Image Velocimetry, Experimental Fluid Dynamics, Bubble Dynamics, Taylor Bubbles
Daniel ChenTissue Engineering, Scaffold Bio-fabrication, Mechatronics, Nano-Positioning
Duncan CreeComposites, metals, materials, sustainability, material processing, characterization and testing, natural fibres, bio-based resins, Aboriginal access programs for engineering
Trever CroweLivestock transport, Animal welfare, Livestock production
Allan DolovichSolid mechanics, Nonlinear stress analysis, Experimental methods
Reza FotouhiRobotics (dynamics and control), structural dynamics and vibrations, computational mechanics, biomechanics
Huiqing GuoHVAC, Air quality control, Environment control for agricultural buildings, Air emission and dispersion monitoring and modelling
James JohnstonBiomechanics, mechanical testing, finite element modeling, imaging, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, bone, cartilage
Emily McWalterBiomechanics, quantitative magnetic resonance imaging, cartilage, meniscus, soft tissue testing, osteoarthritis, musculoskeletal injury
Scott NobleSpectroscopy, Hyperspectral Imaging, Machine Vision, Process Monitoring, Pneumatic Conveying, Agricultural Machinery
Akindele OdeshiMaterials, physical metallurgy, ferrous alloys, aluminum alloys, magnesium alloys, polymer matrix composites, carbon/carbon composites, ballistic impact testing, adiabatic shear bands, deformation and failure analysis
Ikechukwuka OguochaMaterials, aluminum alloys, corrosion, physical metallurgy, coatings, welding, phase transformation kinetics, interfacial reactions, composites, deformation and failure analysis
Carey SimonsonHeat and mositure transfer, HVAC, building physics, heat exchangers, air-to-air energy exchangers, liquid-to-air energy exchangers, solid and liquid desiccants, vapor permeable membranes, porous media, ventilation
David SumnerFluid mechanics, aerodynamics, thermodynamics, bluff-body aerodynamics, fluid structure interactions, turbulent wakes, vortex shedding, wind tunnel testing, flow separation, wake interference
Jerzy SzpunarDeformation and recystallization in metals, oxidation and corrosion, superflasticity and other properties of nanocrystalline materials
Walerian SzyszkowskiFlexible Structures, Optimization, Computational Mechanics, Time-Dependent Materials, Holographic Interferometry
David TorviHeat transfer, fire science, fire testing, codes and standards, textile science, protective clothing, firefighting, heat release rate, cone calorimeter, health and safety
Sonya VanderbyOperations Research applied to health services, simulation, modeling, system dynamics, diagnostic imaging, osteoarthritis
Travis WiensHydraulics, fluid power, nonlinear control systems, mining, dynamic modeling, acoustic sensing, mechatronics, artificial neural networks, energy efficiency, mobile equipment
Fangxiang WuBionetwork analysis, Network control theory and its applications, Drug target identification, Biomedical signal and image processing and analysis
Qiaoqin YangNanostructured thin films/coatings, Friction wear and corrosion, Tools and biomedical implants, Plasma and ion beam deposition and etching
Wen ZhangMechanical Design, Manufacturing, Dynamic System and Control, MEMS, Informatics, Robotics

Tuition and funding

M.Sc. and Ph.D. students are eligible for financial support in the form of research assistantships or fellowships, as well as teaching assistantships. The department and university also offer a number of graduate student scholarships.  Students do not apply directly for these scholarships, but are nominated by their prospective supervisor. M.Eng. and P.G.D. students are not eligible for financial support.

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

Course based program

Students in course based programs pay tuition for each class they take. Every class is assigned a number of credit units (usually three) which determines the cost. If a student is not enrolled in any classes for a term, they will need to register in a 'Maintenance of Status' class that is 3 credits to stay in their program.

P.G.D. students do not need to register in the Maintenance of Status course as long as they take a single class every academic year.

Canadian International
Cost per credit unit $210.10 $315.15
Cost for a three credit unit class $630.30 $945.45
Maintenance of Status course $630.30 $945.45

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

  • Four year undergraduate degree in a relevant field
  • A cumulative weighted average of 65% or better in final two years (e.g. 60 credit units) of undergraduate degree program
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • A four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in a field relevant to Mechanical Engineering
  • 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)
  • 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
  • A four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in a field relevant to Mechanical Engineering
  • 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)
  • 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
  • A Master’s degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in a field relevant to Mechanical Engineering
  • 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)
  • 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

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 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.

In addition to the above official documents, send the following to the Graduate Secretary listed below:

  • A letter or statement of intent outlining your research interests
  • A curriculum vitae or resume

Contact

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the academic unit by email if answers to questions are not found on this or the department's program page.

Department of Mechanical Engineering
57 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A9

General Contact
Email: engr-me-grad.inquiries@usask.ca