The deadline for applications for a September start is January 31st. Interested applicants are strongly advised to contact the graduate chair.
ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.A.2 years

The Department of Linguistics and Religious Studies is one of the core Humanities departments at the University of Saskatchewan, providing graduate students with opportunities to explore the world's religions through various interdisciplinary perspectives. Our course offerings demonstrate this breadth of perspectives, which range from focused explorations of particular religious traditions (e.g., Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity) to cross-cultural comparisons of religious views on such topics as leadership, non-violence, and death.

Students entering into the M.A. in Religion and Culture may opt for one of three areas of specialization: Western Religious Traditions, Eastern Religious Traditions or Religion in Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Students normally take two years to complete the degree. There is a second language requirement and the means by which students will meet this is determined at the time of admission.

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
Mary Ann BeavisChristianity, feminism, gender, religion, spirituality
Heidi EpsteinFeminism, gender, music, popular culture, queer theology, religion
Christopher HrynkowCatholicism, ethics, green, justice
George KeyworthBuddhism, China, Japan, Shinto, religion
Natalia Khanenko-FriesenCanada, Eastern Europe, Ukraine, community, community engagement, culture, diaspora, folklore, storytelling
Veronika MakarovaDiscourse Analysis, Doukhobor, Doukhobor Russian language, Doukhobor culture, English as a Foreign Language, English as a Second Language, English as an additional language, Linguistics, Russian language and culture, Speech Corpora, applied linguistics, bilingualism, cross-cultural studies, emotive speech, foreign language teaching, language and culture, languages, multilingualism, phonetics, second language teaching, sociolinguistics, whispered speech
Braj SinhaBuddhism, India, culture, religion

Tuition and funding


Student financial aid is limited and highly competitive at the University of Saskatchewan. A limited number of Graduate Teaching Fellowships is available through the Department of Linguistics and Religious Studies. While we can assist students with strong academic qualifications to apply for other funding, we cannot guarantee funding for all applicants. It is very unlikely that students with averages of less than 80% for the last two years of study (as calculated by the University of Saskatchewan College of Graduate Studies and Research) will be considered for funding; an average of 85% + is preferred.

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

Master of Arts

  • 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

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

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 Program Assistant listed below:

  • Two page statement on the student’s background and research plans
  • Writing samples including any published work and/or a paper written for an upper level undergraduate class
  • CV/resume
  • A copy of your transcript while we wait for your official ones to arrive


Graduate Admissions
Department of Linguistics & Religious Studies
9 Campus Drive, Arts Room 515
University of Saskatchewan
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A5

Graduate Chair
Chris Hrynkow

Graduate Program Assistant
Nadine Penner