Applications are accepted throughout the year.

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

Physiology is the study of life and how living cells and tissues function, enabling organisms to live and interact with their environment. Physiologists answer key questions ranging from the workings inside single cells to the interactions between human populations and our environment on earth and beyond. Physiology plays a crucial role in integrating environmental influences and new molecular discoveries with the function of tissues and organs, and ultimately the whole body.

Our graduate programs provide advanced studies and research in major fields:

  • comparative respiratory and cardiovascular physiology
  • neurophysiology (electrophysiology, cellular imaging in neurons and glial cells, in vitro and in vivo studies of cerebral ischemia)
  • vascular function, ion channels and endogenous gases
  • calcium channels and neuroendocrine secretion
  • hemoxygenase system
  • cardiovascular pathology

Research supervisors

We recommend that you contact the faculty that are doing research in an area that interests you before beginning a formal application. Please note that the following list includes core members of the Physiology Faculty as well as Associate Members, who are also eligible to supervise or co-supervise graduate students in the Physiology Graduate Program with permission of our Graduate Committee.

Name Research areas
Scotty ButcherStrength training methodology/biomechanics, high-Intensity interval training, muscle oxygenation during exercise, exercise testing/training methods
Veronica CampanucciDiabetes Mellitus, Neuropathy, Oxidative Stress, Electrophysiology
Thomas FisherOsmoregulation, Ca2+ channels
Jack GrayAnimal behaviour, Biorobotics, Insect, Neuroethology, Neurophysiology, Neuroscience
John HowlandBehavioural neuroscience, psychiatric illness, stress, brain
Juan IanowskiCystic fibrosis, Synchrotron, Airway disease, Fluid transport
Paul LeeGene Therapy for Long Term Myocardial Protection, Hypertension, Atherosclerosis, Oxidative stress, Hyperhomoysteinemia
Daniel MacPheeIntegrin-mediated signaling in placental development. Role of small stress proteins in uterine muscle function during pregnancy.
Darrell MousseauNeurochemistry and molecular biology, early life determinants as risk factors for Alzheimer disease, clinical depression
Sean MulliganNeuroscience, Pain, Nociception, Animal welfare
Joseph NdisangCardiovascular physiology, endocrinology
Jonathan NortonNeurosurgery
Wolfgang WalzAging process, Synaptic plasticity, non-neuronal brain cells in disease, Biology and pathology of astrocytes and microglia

Tuition and funding

In their applications, students should identify their financial status and state if attendance is contingent on receiving financial aid. The department employs graduate students as marking assistants and a limited number of scholarships, research fellowships and teaching assistantships are available. There is a keen competition for this financial support. Applications for Departmental Scholarships, Research Fellowships and Teaching Assistantships may only be submitted after a student has been admitted.

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

  • A four-year honors degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study, or a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree
  • 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)
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and independent research
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Application process

Prior to formal application

Applicants should contact potential supervisors by email before preparing a formal application. Once a potential supervisor has been identified, based on interest and space availability, the candidate will be notified and the formal application process will begin. The faculty member will notify the Graduate Secretary of the applicant’s name and she will reply with the instructions on how to proceed with an application through College of Graduate Studies and Research.

The applicant should proceed to apply through CGSR only after receiving a notification by the Department of Physiology Graduate Secretary. Once that notification has been received, the students can begging the formal application process below. Please note, applications are accepted at any time during the year.

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:


Once a complete application has been received, the Department of Physiology Grad Committee will evaluate the eligibility of the applicant and will recommend or reject admission into the physiology graduate program.

The applicant should expect to receive a notification about this decision from the Grad Chair approximately one month after submission.

  • 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.


Department of Physiology
Health Sciences Building
107 Wiggins Road
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E5

Graduate Chair
Dr. Sean Mulligan

Graduate Programs Administrator
Evelyn Bessel