Program

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

The College of Pharmacy and Nutrition offers master’s (M.Sc.) and doctoral (Ph.D.) degree programs in pharmaceutical sciences, and in advanced clinical and community practice. Graduate students in our College are presented with the extraordinary opportunity of creating new knowledge, advancing the field of pharmacy and becoming agents of change in improving health quality locally, nationally and internationally.

There is a wide range of potential specializations available. Current faculty areas of expertise include drug and vaccine delivery, medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry, bio‐technology, molecular biology, nanotechnology, pharmacokinetics, clinical pharmacy, pharmacy education, pharmacoeconomics and pharmaco‐ epidemiology. The College is involved in the Interdisciplinary Toxicology Program as well.

Please note that for most graduate study in the clinical pharmacy area, students must be eligible for licensure as a Pharmacist in Saskatchewan.

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
Jane AlcornPharmacokinetics, Drug Metabolism, Drug Discovery, Natural Products, Ontogeny of Systemic Clearance, Drug and Nutrient Transporters
Ildiko BadeaDrug delivery; nanotechnology; pharmaceutics
David BlackburnAdherence, Pharmacist interventions, Drug utilization, Health Outcomes
Hector Caruncho MichinelBiomarkers, Neural Plasticity, Biological Psychiatry, Psychoneuroimmunology
Roy DobsonPatient assessments of quality; pharmacy practice
Anas El-AneedPharmaceutical analysis; analytical mass spectrometry; substance abuse; biomarker discovery
Charity EvansMultiple sclerosis, pharmacoepidemiology
Jian FangAbosrption and health effects of Prairie fruits
Azita HaddadiNanotechnology, PLGA Nanoparticles, Cancer Vaccines, Targeted Cancer Therapy
Derek JorgensonPharmacy practice, teaching approaches related to improving pharmacy student competency in providing medication management services, evaluation of med
Edward KrolNatural products, drug metabolism, drug discovery
Holly MansellSolid organ transplantation, adverse effects of immunosuppression, medication adherence, patient education and interprofessional education
Kerry MansellDiabetes, pharmacy practice
Adil NazaraliMultiple sclerosis, myelination, aging, epigenetics, mammalian development, Hox genes, sirtuin, neuroscience
Jason PerepelkinOrganizational theory, behaviour, and structure, entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, management of/in community pharmacies, marketing,
Alfred RemillardClinical psychiatry and psychopharmacology; pharmacy practice
Thomas RotterLean, clinical pathways, academic programming, knowledge synthesis
Meena SakharkarTarget prioritization, Mechanisms and Pathways, Breast cancer
Yvonne ShevchukInfectious diseases/antibiotics, interprofessional education, drug information
Jeffrey TaylorSelf-medication; factors influencing patient counseling; patient education
Franco VizeacoumarCancer Genomics; Synthetic Lethality and the selective killing of cancer cells; Genome instability; shRNA and CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technologies;
Ellen WasanAdvanced drug delivery systems, physical pharmacy, nanomedicine, lipid-based drug delivery, preclinical drug development
Kishor WasanLipid Based Drug Delivery, Lipid and Lipoprotein Metabolism, Cholesterol in Prostate Cancer
Jian YangProtein crystallography, PCP biodegradation pathway, Toll receptor signalling pathway

Tuition and funding

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.

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

  • Four-year honours degree, or equivalent, in Pharmacy, 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
  • Master’s degree, or equivalent, in Pharmacy, 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 program with the intention of transferring to the Ph.D. program in Pharmacy or related area
  • 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 upload the following documents:

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, please upload the following documents:

Contact

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

Graduate Administrator
Jean Oakley
Email: grad-pharmacy-nutrition@usask.ca

Graduate Chair
Dr. David Blackburn
Email: d.blackburn@usask.ca