Program

There are no application deadlines for this program. Students are accepted for the beginning of each Academic Term. 

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

The Department of Veterinary Microbiology has students with diverse interests in infectious disease and their research questions address this area at levels ranging from the molecular to the population. We are united by our desire to explore microorganisms and their relationships with us and other animals.

Research supervisors

You must contact one of the Veterinary Microbiology faculty members with your C.V. and they must agree to supervise and financially support you throughout your program. Otherwise, we will not be able to consider your application. To that end, 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
John EllisVirology
Volker GerdtsImmunology
John GordonRespiratory Immunology and Inflammation (pathogenesis)
Philip GriebelMucosal immunology, Neonatal immunity, Development of animal models andand research tools to analyze immune evasion
Deborah HainesImmunology
Janet HillMicrobial ecology
Emily JenkinsParasitology
Qiang LiuVirology, virus-host interactions, signal transduction, regulation of gene transcription, translational control, post-translational modification
Vikram MisraVirology
George MutwiriVaccines, adjuvants and immunotherapeutic agents, Vaccine formulation and delivery systems, Immunobiology of Toll-like receptors, Mucosal immunology
Andrew PotterImmunology
Joseph RubinBacteriology
Craig StephenWildlife Health
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)

Tuition and funding

Funding

The University of Saskatchewan faculty supervisor must have funding for the student’s proposed project. Either the student or the U of S faculty supervisor must have additional funding for the student’s stipend. 

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

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 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
  • Master of Science (MSc) or equivalent, from a recognized university
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70%  (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study
  • 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, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.), 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
  • 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

You must contact one of the Veterinary Microbiology faculty members with your C.V. and they must agree to supervise and financially support you throughout your program.  Otherwise, we will not be able to consider your application.  To that end, using the faculty 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, email them and describe your research interests and past academic experience. Interested faculty will return the email if there are any openings for new students. 

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 upload the following documents:

Preliminary Statement of Marks

  • Once you have submitted your application for admission and paid the application fee, you will be required to upload PDF copies of your academic transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended. This requirement will appear as Preliminary Statement of Marks or Additional Prelim. Statement under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.
  • The uploaded transcript should be a copy of a transcript issued by the university or college.
  • All pages of a transcript must be uploaded as a single PDF document.
  • Uploaded transcripts will be considered unofficial or preliminary. Official copies of your transcripts will only be required once you have been offered admission. This requirement will appear as Post-secondary Transcript under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.

Uploading documents

Post-secondary Transcripts

If you receive an offer of admission, you will then be required to have your official post-secondary transcripts sent (by mail in a sealed envelope directly from the institution) to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate Studies and Research
Room C180, 105 Administration Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5A2

  • Transcripts usually indicate the institution’s name, grading scheme (typically on back of transcript), your name, course names, numbers, credits, and the grades you have received. Depending on the country or institution, some features may not be available.
  • Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
  • If you are a current University of Saskatchewan student completing your undergraduate program then a letter of completion of degree requirements will be required from your college.

For students who are required to provide proof of English proficiency:

  • It is your responsibility to have completed an official and approved test with the appropriate score before the application deadline.
  • The English-language proficiency test must be taken within the last two years of receipt of your application.
  • Applicants will be required to upload a PDF copy of any required language test score. Uploaded test scores will be considered unofficial or preliminary.

Uploading documents

If you receive an Offer of Admission you may be required to have your official language test scores sent to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate Studies and Research
Room C180, 105 Administration Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5A2

Contact

Department of Veterinary Microbiology
Western College of Veterinary Medicine
52 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5B4

Graduate Chair
Janet Hill
Email: janet.hill@usask.ca

Graduate Programs Co-ordinator
Linda Nemeth
Email: linda.nemeth@usask.ca