Program

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

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

The Department of Physics and Engineering Physics offers graduate programs leading to MSc and PhD degrees in Physics or in Engineering Physics. Our department has a strong commitment to its research programs and facilities. Graduate students work closely with their supervisors, participate in all aspects of research, and are recognized for their important contributions to our research programs. This results in an environment where students can obtain excellent training in their discipline. Combined enrolment in our MSc and PhD programs ranges between 60 and 70 students. 

The research activities of our faculty members and research scientists include strong international collaborations. The research specialties of our department include experimental, observational or theoretical aspects of the following fields: 

  • Atmospheric physics 
  • Advanced Materials/Devices Research
  • Synchrotron Radiation Research
  • Subatomic Physics
  • Plasma Physics
  • Solar-Terrestrial Physics
  • Nuclear Materials and Transmutations

Major physics research facilities at the University of Saskatchewan include:

  • Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL)
  • Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies (ISAS)
  • Subatomic Physics Institute (SPIN)
  • Canadian Light Source (CLS) Synchrotron Facility, Canada's only synchrotron 

Research supervisors

It is not necessary to find a potential supervisor before you begin an application. The list below though may be helpful to learn about the research interests of our faculty.

Name Research areas
Adam BourassaAtmospheric & Space Physics, OSIRIS, aerosols, atmosphere, optical instruments, radiative, space-based remote sensing, stratosphere
Michael P. BradleyPlasma Physics, Precision measurements, fundamental physics, metrology, nano-devices, silicon
Gap Soo ChangAdvanced Materials/Devices Research, Graphene electronics, Magnetic semiconductors, Organic electronics, Photovoltaics, Spintronics
L. Dean ChapmanSynchrotron radiation and x-ray optics directed to medical and biological problems, x-ray imaging
Doug DegensteinAtmospheric & Space Physics, OSIRIS, aerosols, light, optical, stratosphere, troposphere
Rainer DickAstroparticle Physics, Dark Matter, Gravitation and Cosmology, Materials Physics, Particle Physics, Subatomic Physics
Masoud GhezelbashGauge-gravity holography, Higher-dimensional gravity, Kerr-CFT correspondence, M-theory, Physics of black holes, Quantum gravity, Supergravity, Supersymmetry
Glenn HusseyAtmospheric & Space Physics, flow, ionosphere, plasma, radar, waves
Sasha Koustov Atmospheric & Space Physics, Ionosphere, Magnetospheric Physics, convection, plasma, radar
Kathryn McWilliamsAtmospheric & Space Physics, SuperDARN, aurora, ionosphere, radars, space weather
Alexander MoewesCondensed Matter Physics, Electronic Structure, Materials Science, Materials Science with Synchrotron Radiation, Synchrotron-based spectroscopy, band gap engineering
Rob PywellFew-Body Physics, Nuclear Physics, Photonuclear Reactions, Subatomic Physics, neutron detector, nuclei, photo-nuclear reactions, photo-pion, photodisintegration, subatomic physics
Chary RangacharyuluConceptual Foundations of Physics, Nuclear and Elementary Particle Physics, Physics Education, Quantum Chaos, Subatomic Physics, chaos, radiation, sub-atomic world
Gordon SartyAstrophysics, fMRI, imaging and modelling of ovarian physiology, medical imaging, neuroimaging, physiological math modeling, portable/space MRI
Andrei SmolyakovPlasma Physics, astrophysical, fusion, ionosphere, magnetics, plasma, space, waves
Jean-Pierre St. MauriceAtmospheric & Space Physics, atmosphere, gravity, ionosphere, plasma, radar, turbulence
Tom SteeleQuantum Chromodynamics, Subatomic Physics, hadronic physics, particle physics, phenomenology, theoretical particle physics
Kaori TanakaCLS, condensed matter, electronics, nonlinear dynamics, parallel computing, superconductivity
John TseCLS, High performance computing, Sycnhrotron and Neutron, computational physics, energy materials, neutron, radiation, superconductivity
Chijin XiaoDiagnostics, Injector, Operation, Plasma Physics, Transport, fusion, plasma
Yansun YaoCondensed matter physics, crystallography, quantum chemistry, synchrotron spectroscopies

Tution and funding

Funding

Full financial support is available for well-qualified applicants. Financial support for graduate students in our department is provided by the combination of various scholarships and research grants from students' thesis supervisors. 

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 honours 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
  • Master’s degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university in a relevant academic 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

With the recommendation of the unit, direct entry Ph.D. admission is available to exceptionally strong students, who show great promise in terms of academic accomplishments and potential for research.

  • A four-year honours 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 a 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

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:

Please note that in most cases, you will need to allow one business day after paying your application fee before you are permitted to upload documents.

If you are applying for start dates prior to Fall 2017 (Winter 2017 or Spring/Summer 2017) you will not be able to upload documents to your application. Please e-mail any unoffical copies of required documents to the graduate administrator listed below.

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 and Postdoctoral Studies
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 and Postdoctoral Studies
Room C180, 105 Administration Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5A2

In addition to the above official documents, please upload the following documents:

  • A completed pre-screen form
  • Relevant supplementary information in support of your application

After we have received your completed application package, it will be circulated to our faculty.  If a faculty member is interested in supervising you, they will contact you.  If none of the faculty are interested in supervising you then you will be contacted by the Department secretary advising you that your application has been declined.  

Contact

Department of Physics and Engineering Physics
116 Science Place
Room 163
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E2

Graduate Chair
Gap Soo Chang
Email: phys-engphys_gradchair@usask.ca

Graduate Administrator
Debbie Gjertsen
Email: debbie.gjertsen@usask.ca