Program

Applications are due by March 1st to begin studies in September.

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

The Department of Microbiology & Immunology offers graduate programs leading to the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. The department has expertise necessary for the instruction and training of advanced students in areas that include cellular and molecular biology of eukaryotes, microbial genetics and molecular biology, immunology, medical microbiology, microbial physiology, and virology.

Key research areas include:

  • Molecular Genetics/Microbial Physiology: molecular regulation and secretion of virulence factors in pathogenic bacteria, genetic regulation of gluconeogenic enzymes, catalytic and regulatory mechanisms of microbial enzymes, chromosomal rearrangements, carcinogenesis, chemical mutagenesis, mutagenic mechanisms, DNA alkylation damage and repair in eukaryotes, and mechanism of replication nitiation.
  • Immunology/Virology: molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for self-nonself discrimination and immune class determination, cellular and molecular interactions involved in lymphocyte activation and differentiation, analysis of regulatory function of CD8 T cells.
  • Pathogenesis/Infectious Diseases: development of effective vaccination and immunotherapeutic strategies against intracellular pathogens causing chronic disease and against cancers, clinical bacteriology.
  • Tumor Biology/Immunology: tumor metastasis, molecular tumor immunology.

The department selects graduate students from among a wide pool of applicants, including honours students in microbiology at the U. of S., as well as Canadian and foreign students with degrees in microbiology and related disciplines. Typically, new students enter into a M.Sc. program and are transferred in their second year to a Ph.D. program, upon demonstrated performance in graduate coursework, satisfactory laboratory research progress, and the successful completion of a Ph.D. qualifying examination. 

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
Peter BretscherImmune responses in autoimmunity, to tumours, and in chronic infectious diseases, and strategies of vaccination
Harold BullTrypanosome Major Surface Proteases , DNA damage dependent stress responses in E. coli
Linda ChelicoHIV restriction factors, DNA deaminases, mutagenesis, enzyme mechanisms
Jo-Anne Dillon
Alexander GoldieGenetic regulation of the pckA gene in Escherichia coli. , Structure and regulation of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase in E. coli.
Calliopi HaveleQuantitative and qualitative analysis of the cellular and molecular interactions leading to the activation and differentiation of distinct T cells
Sidney HayesMolecular Genetics, Microbial Physiology
Stephen HowardMolecular biology of toxin secretion by Gram-negative bacteria , Structure, function and biogenesis of the outer membrane
Kerri KobrynBiochemistry and Molecular Biological studies of the Lyme Disease spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi
Sylvia van den HurkMolecular pathogenesis of herpesviruses, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV)
Joyce WilsonHCV interaction with the host miRNA machinery
Wei XiaoMolecular Genetics, DNA Repair and Mutagenesis

Tuition and funding

Funding

Admission is restricted to students for which there is available funding. Funding is generally through scholarships, grant funds, and departmental teaching assistantships.

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

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 undergraduate 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, in a relevant field, 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. 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.

Contact

Department of Microbiology & Immunology
A302-107 Wiggins Rd.
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E5

Graduate Chair
Dr. Wei Xiao
Email: wei.xiao@usask.ca

Graduate Programs Administrator
Evelyn Bessel
Email: Anat.micro.pharm.physiology@usask.ca