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.A.2 years
M.Sc.2 years
Ph.D.4 years

The vaccinology and immunotherapeutics program provides Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students with opportunities to study cutting-edge advances in the field vaccinology and infectious diseases. It combines interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary academic learning with practical experience under the mentorship of a team of experts focused on three main streams:

  • Scientific Bases – Understanding the basic biology of vaccine/immunologics development.
  • Design and Production – Manufacturing and development of vaccines.
  • Social and Public Health Issues – Researching the complex social, health care, legal and ethical issues related to vaccination and the use of immunotherapeutics.

Students have access to a diverse group of faculty and world-class research centres. These facilities include the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), the Canadian Light Source (CLS), the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) and the International Vaccine Centre (InterVac). In addition, students can learn from the wealth of industry knowledge available at Innovation Place – one of the most successful university-related research parks in North America.

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
Yelena BirdSmoking cessation policy, Domestic violence prevention, Environmental health, Women's health
Marwa FaragHealth policy,Health economics, Health care financing in developing countries, Health program evaluation, Macroeconomics and health
Philip GriebelMucosal immunology, Neonatal immunity, Development of animal models andand research tools to analyze immune evasion
George MutwiriVaccines, adjuvants and immunotherapeutic agents, Vaccine formulation and delivery systems, Immunobiology of Toll-like receptors, Mucosal immunology
Scott NapperVaccine Development, Prion Diseases, Kinome Analysis, Infectious Disease
Suresh TikooMolecular virology, Viral pathogenesis, Virus-host interactions, Vaccinology, Mucosal immunization, Viral vectors, Dendritic cell vaccines
Sylvia van den HurkMolecular pathogenesis of herpesviruses, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV)
Heather WilsonDesign of novel neonatal mucosal vaccines, regional & age-dependent differences in intestinal permeability to macromolecules and maternal cells
Jim XiangCellular immunology, therapeutic vaccines for breast cancer treatment
Yan ZhouMolecular biology, pathogenesis and vaccine development of influenza virus

Tuition and funding

Funding

Scholarships are available and are awarded on the basis of academic merit.

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 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
  • 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
  • A Master’s degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university in a relevant academic discipline 
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 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

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 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

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. They may ask you for your CV, Letter of intent and copy of your transcripts.

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 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 be 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, 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 program chair listed below:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A brief statement of academic interest (approximately 1-3 pages in length) which should include:
    • Specific areas of interest that could lead to a thesis topic;
    • A statement of education and employment history and how it relates to the study of Vaccinology and Immunotherapeutics;
    • A description of your educational and career goals; and
    • An assessment of how the Vaccinology and Immunotherapeutics Program will help achieve these goals.

Contact

School of Public Health
104 Clinic Place
107 Wiggins Road
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 2Z4

Graduate Chair
Dr. Suresh Tikoo
Email: sph.admissions@usask.ca

Graduate Administrator
Marylin Rana
Email: thesis.admissions@usask.ca