Program

The application deadline is February 1st, 2017. The Program commences September, 2017. Student intake is every two years.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.A.2 years

The goal of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Studies graduate program is to create new knowledges, concepts and theories as they relate to diverse gendered and sexual identities and experiences, through the study and application of critical feminist theory, masculinities studies, queer and sexualities studies, and cultural and transnational studies.

The program integrates feminist interdisciplinary scholarship and new approaches to academic research and community engagement. Students are provided with research opportunities that cross academic fields, and situate their work in critically informed local, national, and transnational frameworks.

This interdisciplinary program represents a creatively engaged response to present and future needs for leadership in schools, colleges, universities, non-governmental organizations, and the cultural, public and private sectors. Skilled employees and researchers trained in the theories, methodologies and applications of Women’s, Gender and Sexualities Studies are in increasing demand in local, regional, national and international contexts, both rural and urban.

Research supervisors

Students will be admitted to the program only when it has been determined in advance that there is a faculty member available to serve as primary supervisor, with sufficient faculty support to form an Advisory Committee. 

Name Research areas
Lesley BiggsBlack history, body, chiropractic, health, health care system, healthcare, midwifery, professions
Joan BorsaActivist art, community, contemporary, curatorial, museum, social space
Mirela David20th Century China, China, Eugenics, One Child policy, birth control, culture, gender, gender history, hygiene, intellectual history, medical history, population, sex, venereal disease
Marie LovrodAutobiography, Feminist Theory, Queer Theory, Transnational Feminisms, Trauma and Resilience
Emily SnyderEducation, Feminisms, Gender, Indigenous, Law, Sexuality

Tuition and funding

Funding

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, 2017 $1313.00 $1969.50
January 1 - April 30, 2018 $1313.00 $1969.50
May 1 - August 31, 2018 $1313.00 $1969.50
Total per academic year $3939.00 $5908.50

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 (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

Application process

Note that this program is not accepting students for the 2016 year. The next intake of new students will be for September 2017.

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
    • Two of your referees must be persons under whom you've studied. The third may be either a person whom you have worked professionally under, or under whom you've studied
  • 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:

Please note that in most cases, you will need to allow one business day after paying your application fee before you are permitted to upload documents.

Preliminary Statement of Marks

  • Once you have submitted your application for admission and paid the application fee, you will be required to upload unofficial 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 can be an unofficial copy of the transcript issued by the university or college, and must include a grading key/legend.
  • 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 and Postdoctoral Studies
Room 116 Thorvaldson Building, 110 Science Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5C9

  • 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.
  • Tests are valid for 24 months after the testing date and must be valid at the beginning of the student's first term of registration in the graduate program.
  • 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 and Postdoctoral Studies
Room C180, 105 Administration Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5A2

In addition to the above official documents, please upload the following documents:

  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV) including a brief written description of previous relevant course work, grades, employment, and relevant training and life experience
  • A short written statement (about 500 words) of interests and goals in Women's, Gender and Sexualities Studies, including specific information on the research area the student intends to explore, rationale on why this area is of interest, and any discussions that may have taken place with any faculty member prior to application
  • A sample of scholarly work in the form of a substantial essay (at least ten pages in length)

Contact

Graduate Admissions
Women's, Gender, and Sexualities Studies
9 Campus Drive - Arts Room 515
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A5

Graduate Chair
Dr. Joan Borsa
Email: joan.borsa@usask.ca
Telephone: 306-966-7538

Graduate Program Assistant
Nadine Penner
Email: asg.graduateprograms@usask.ca
Telephone: 306-966-5797