Applications are accepted on a year-round, continual basis with no application deadline. Initial enrolment will start at the beginning of term in September, January, or May.
ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.Sc.2 years
Ph.D.4 years

The Department of Plant Sciences presents a truly unique experience to students by offering research-based M.Sc.and Ph.D. programs in agronomy, crop science, horticultural science, plant ecology or rangeland studies in one department. We are the only plant sciences department in Canada capable of offering such a well-rounded experience in plant studies.

The Department of Plant Sciences is housed in the state-of-the-art Agriculture Building. Located within the building are 180 research laboratories and a 30,000 sq.ft. controlled environment facility. The 25,000 sq.ft. greenhouses are located within walking distance of the building. The land base dedicated to plant research totals 1,979 ha. The newly opened Grains Innovation Quality Lab intensifies research on value added quality traits.

The Crop Development Centre is a "centre for excellence" for crop breeding, and is fully integrated into the Plant Sciences Department. Since its inception in 1971, the Centre's programs have developed over 350 crop varieties.

In addition to master’s and doctoral degrees, we offer a dual degree program at the Ph.D. level in collaboration with the United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences (Japan).  After fulfillment of all of the requirements of this program, with one thesis and two co-supervisors (one from each institution), and a joint committee, Ph.D. degrees in the field of plant science are awarded from each university. Students are based approximately half of the time at each institution. For more information visit the United Gradute School of Agricultural Science's website.

Research supervisors

Prior to proceeding with a formal application, potential students should informally contact by email potential supervisors from within their area of research interest to determine availability of positions and interest. Include a scanned copy of post-graduate transcripts, evidence of proficiency in English, and a brief description of the area of research intent.

Name Research areas
Yuguang BaiGrassland and forest ecology, seed and seedbed ecology, oilsands reclamation
Sabine BannizaFungal disease resistance in lentils, strobilurin fungicides, stemphylium blight
Aaron BeattieBarley and Oat Breeding
Kirstin BettPulse crop genomics and dry bean breeding
Bill BiligetuBreeding and Genetics of Forage Crop Plants for the adaption to the Prairie region of western Canada
Helen BookerFlax breeding and genetics
Robert BorsBreeding fruit crops and adapting them for northern conditions and mechanical harvesting
Rosalind BueckertCrop growth and yield response to environmental factors. Yield formation processes in field crops
Ravindra ChibbarBiochemical and molecular characterization of the genetic determinants of grain quality in cereal and pulse crops, genomics
Bruce CoulmanBreeding, genetics and management of perennial forage crops
David FowlerConservation production systems and production, management, genetics and breeding of winter what and rye
Gordon GrayMetabolic regulation/interaction of photosynthetic and respiratory processes in response to abiotic stresses
Pierre HuclGenetics and breeding of bread wheat for the short-season areas of Western Canada. Evaluation of alternative wheats and annual canarygrass
Hadley KutcherStripe rust of wheat, leaf spot diseases of wheat, barley and oat, fusarium wilt of flax
Eric LambMechanisms structuring plant community diversity and composition, plant-soil interactions, plant competition, methods analyzing ecological data
Curtis PozniakGenetics, breeding, production and management of durum and high yielding wheat
Martin ReaneyBiodiesel production from canola oil
Graham ScolesCrop cytogenetics, plant breeding, moelcular markers, genetic engineering
Timothy Sharbel
Steve ShirtliffeField crop agronomy, weed ecology
Karen TaninoPlant abiotic stress physiology, eco-physiology, interactions of plants with the environment
Bunyamin Tar'anBreeding, genetics and management of chickpea
Robert TylerCrop utilization
Albert VandenbergGenectics, breeding, production and management of dry bean, lentil, fababean and special crops
Thomas WarkentinBreeding and genetics of pulse crops
Douglas WatererAgronomy of horticultural / medicinal crops, integrated pest management, crop improvement through standard breeding and molecular techniques
Christian WillenborgEfficacy of herbicides, weed control, integrated weed management, biological and ecological constraints on weed population and community dynamics

Tuition and funding


The Department of plant Sciences administers a number of scholarships. These are offered annually on the basis of a competition open to students registered in a M.Sc. or Ph.D. program in the Department who have obtained an average of at least 80% and successfully completed a minimum of one year in program.

The majority of incoming students will be offered funding through a research stipend from their supervisor's research funds. This stipend is intended to allow the student to pursue full-time graduate studies. However, this stipend does not constitute a tuition waiver. Funding is provided for a period of two years for a M.Sc. program, and three years for a Ph.D. program.

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.


All students are responsible for paying all tuition costs and student fees to the University.  However, the Supervisor will provide their International students with an International Student Tuition Differential (ISTD) to compensate for the annual ISTD expense.

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

  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) or Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (B.S.A.) from a university of acceptable standing
  • A minimum Cumulative Weighted Average of 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) for the last two years of undergraduate 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 of Science (M.Sc.) or equivalent 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)
  • 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

Find a supervisor

Prior to proceeding with a formal application, potential students should informally contact by email potential supervisors from within their area of research interest to determine availability of positions and interest.  Include a scanned copy of post-graduate transcripts, evidence of proficiency in English, and a brief description of the area of research intent. If they are accepting students, they will instruct you to begin a formal application.

Potential students must identify a supervisor willing to provide a confirmed commitment that a research project and funding are in place before an application can be processed. 

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:
  • 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, email the following to the Graduate Secretary listed below:

  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • A statement of purpose


Department of Plant Sciences
51 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8

Graduate Chair
Pierre Hucl

Graduate Programs Administrator
Carolyn Ouellet