Program

Applications are accepted year round. Students may begin their program in January, May or September each year.
ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.Sc.2 years
Ph.D.4 years

Research and postgraduate teaching in toxicology is coordinated and led by the Toxicology Centre, with substantial participation from members of the University's Toxicology Group. The Toxicology Group is an interdisciplinary body under the umbrella of the College of Graduate Studies and Research that consists of faculty members from many university departments, as well as scientists from various government research institutions located on or near campus. Most Toxicology Group faculty are available to serve as supervisors for prospective students.

The interdisciplinary nature of the program provides students with a diverse array of potential research opportunities in toxicology. Prospective students can apply to the program from such varied undergraduate backgrounds as agriculture, biology, chemistry, ecology, environmental sciences, medicine, physiology, pharmacology, toxicology, and veterinary medicine, to name but a few.

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
Lalita BharadwajCommunity based participatory research, Indigenous communities, Human and Environmental Health Risk Assessment
Barry BlakleyPesticide exposure, Cholinesterase inhibition in birds, Immunotoxicology, Diagnostic veterinary toxicology
Charity EvansMultiple sclerosis, pharmacoepidemiology
Richard FarrellNutrient supply, agroecosystem capacity and integrity, soil resources, environmental agronomy, green house gas emissions
Graham GeorgeDisease, health, mercury, metals, spectroscopy, toxicology
John GiesyAquatic and wildlife toxicology related to endocrine disrupters and ecological risk assessment.
Markus HeckerAquatic ecology/fish biology, Development & application of bioanalytical techniques, Environmental pollution, Biological effects of environment
Linda HiebertGAGs, Hemostasis, Endothelium
Natacha HoganMolecular & cellular mechanisms underlying pathological & toxicological effects of contaminant exposure, changes in endocrine & immune function
David JanzInteractions between physiological control and environmental alteration of developmental and reproductive processes in vertebrates.
Timothy JardineContaminant biomagnification in aquatic ecosystems, tropical floodplain hydrology and ecology, freshwater food webs
Paul JonesEnvironmental chemistry and toxicology, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, aquatic and wildlife toxicology, ecological risk assessment
Edward KrolNatural products, drug metabolism, drug discovery
Pat KroneEmbryonic development, heat shock genes
Karsten LiberMetal bioavailability and toxicity in aquatic ecosystems, mining impacts on aquatic ecosystems, water quality assessments, pesticide ecotoxicology
Christy MorrisseyAnimal physiology, birds, contaminants, ecotoxicology, environment, migration, pollution, populations, river, toxicology, water, wetlands
Adil NazaraliMultiple sclerosis, myelination, aging, epigenetics, mammalian development, Hox genes, sirtuin, neuroscience
Som NiyogiAnimal Physiology, Aquatic Toxicology, Assessment of Industrial Metal Pollution, Metal Bioavailabilty and Toxicity, Physiology of Metal Uptake and Homeostasis
Phyllis PatersonNutrition, protein-energy malnutrition, stroke, focal brain ischemia, global brain ischemia, muscle, brain, rehabilitation
Ingrid PickeringX-ray absorption spectroscopy, X-ray fluorescence imaging, arsenic, environment, health, mercury, metals, selenium, stroke, synchrotron
Alan RosenbergPediatric arthritis and rheumatic-related diseases
Steven SicilianoSoil toxicology, GHG production in Antarctic and Artic ecosystems, nitrogen cycle in polar deserts
Baljit SinghCell and molecular biology of lung inflammation.
Lynn WeberCardiovascular Toxicology Environmental and Aquatic Toxicology, Nutrition, Metabolism, Cbesity, Fish, Pet Food
Susan WhitingDietary assessment, nutrition and aging
Mark WickstromEffects of natural toxins, pesticides, metals and oil field emissions on immune function and DNA integrity in terrestrial wildlife and livestock.
Wei XiaoMolecular Genetics, DNA Repair and Mutagenesis
Gordon ZelloMetabolism, clinical nutrition and dietary assessment, specifically integration and regulation of metabolism; protein/amino acid metabolism

Tuition and funding

Funding

All graduate students are guaranteed funding if accepted into the program. Minimum stipends are $18,000 for Masters students and $21,000 for doctoral students.

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

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, 2015 $1268.00 $1902.00
January 1 - April 30, 2016 $1268.00 $1902.00
May 1 - August 31, 2016 $1268.00 $1902.00
Total per academic year $3804.00 $5706.00

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 65% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • 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 (i.e. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • A 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 (i.e. coursework required in Masters’ program)
  • 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 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 a curriculum vitae to the program office listed below.

Contact

Toxicology Centre
44 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5B3

Graduate Chair
David Janz
Email: david.janz@usask.ca

Graduate Administrator
Tina Klein
Email: tina.klein@usask.ca