Applications are accepted year round. Students may begin in September or January each year.

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

A wide range of potential specializations are open to students in our Nutrition graduate programs. Research activities focus on areas that are highly relevant to improving health and quality of life and include clinical nutrition, community nutrition, nutritional biochemistry, dietary assessment and nutritional epidemiology, nutrition education, nutrition intervention, food security, food biotechnology and nutrition services administration.

While at the University of Saskatchewan you'll benefit from a large cluster of health science disciplines all on the same campus. Off-campus there are opportunities to participate in the Saskatchewan Community Nutrition Residency program or go abroad through our partnerships with the University of the West Indies in the Caribbean and Hawassa University in Ethiopia.

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
Brian BandyOxidative stress and apoptosis, free radical biochemistry and antioxidant interactions, mitochondrial biogenesis and respiratory activities
Shawna BerenbaumCommunity/public health nutrition, nutrition education, program planning and evaluation, resource development, continuing professional education
Carol HenrySchool health, community health, food systems, global health
Phyllis PatersonNutrition, protein-energy malnutrition, stroke, focal brain ischemia, global brain ischemia, muscle, brain, rehabilitation
Hassanali VatanparastNutritional Epidemiology, Nutrition and chronic diseases
Susan WhitingDietary assessment, nutrition and aging
Gordon ZelloMetabolism, clinical nutrition and dietary assessment, specifically integration and regulation of metabolism; protein/amino acid metabolism

Tuition and funding


Admission to the graduate program does not imply financial support. Obtaining scholarship funding is very competitive. A limited number of University Graduate Scholarships (UGS) valued at $18,000 (Ph.D.) and $15,000 (M.Sc.) are available each year. Graduate Teaching Fellowships (GTF) and Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) may also be available. 

National granting councils (e.g. CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) and a number of other private or publicly funded agencies and organizations offer merit based fellowships and scholarships. Faculty members who hold research grants or external contracts may be in a position to offer Research Assistantships to their graduate students. Other potential sources of funding include endowment awards, varying in conditions and values.

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

  • Four-year honours degree, or equivalent, in Nutrition, or other life, natural or social science from a recognized college or university.
  • 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)
  • Evidence of ability to pursue advanced study and research
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Qualified students who are required to take additional under‐graduate training in certain areas in order to proceed with graduate courses and research in their selected field may be conditionally admitted to the College.

  • Master’s degree, or equivalent, in Nutrition or other life, natural or social science from a recognized college or university and recommended by the College's Graduate Studies Admission committee. In some cases, the student may be required to begin their program in the Master's degree with the intention of transferring the the Ph.D. program
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 75% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Evidence of the ability to pursue 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 the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September
  • Graduate (C) Winter Term start - January

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:


College of Pharmacy & Nutrition
110 Science Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5C9

Graduate Chair
Dr. Phyllis Paterson

Graduate Administrator
Jean Oakley