Program Description

The Graduate Pathways Certificate (GPC) program is a non-credit certificate program for graduate student applicants who are academically qualified, but who do not meet the minimum English proficiency requirements for their graduate program. 

For students with a conditional admission to most graduate programs, the GPC is an option to study academic English at the University of Saskatchewan and move directly into their graduate program. 

Program requirements

  • Registration and satisfactory progress in the GPC will be a required component. 
  • These courses must be completed in succession.
  • Depending on proficiency deemed at the point of entry, students may be given credit for EAP 40 and EAP 50.
  • Students must have successfully completed EAP 50 and be undertaking EAP 60 before they may register in academic discipline-specific courses. Upon the recommendation of the academic supervisor, the unit's graduate chair, and the University of Saskatchewan Language Centre, students will be allowed to enroll in up to 6 credit units of discipline-specific course work.
  • Successful completion of EAP 60 is required before students are considered fully-qualified for English proficiency and can begin a full academic course load in a graduate program.

Length of Program

Those students who start the GPC certificate program at EAP 40 can expect to take up to twelve months to complete the certificate.

Students who start at EAP 50 or EAP 60 will typically take less time to complete the certificate program. Your starting level will be determined at the time of admission into the GPC program by the assessment officer at the University of Saskatchewan Language Centre.


Minimum Admission Requirements

Must have a valid TOEFL internet based test or IELTS test at the time of application (only these two tests will be accepted for GPC admission) that meet the minimum score requirements:

  1. TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language - Internet Based Test
    our Institution Code is 0980
    • Minimum overall score of 65 with minimum scores of 15 in each area

  2. IELTS International English Language Testing System
    • Minimum overall score of 5.0 with minimum 4.5 in each area

All scores must be from one exam date, not to be combined with other exam dates. 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


Only students who have applied to a graduate program and have been conditionally admitted are eligible for the GPC program. You must be recommended for the GPC program by your department.  

If the department for the program you are applying to recommends conditional admission upon completion of GPC an offer letter will be issued. Upon acceptance of offer letter and arrival to the U of S you will take a placement test at the U of S Language Centre. They will determine your English proficiency and your starting level in the program.

Tuition and funding

Admitted students will be full-time registered graduate students, and will be assessed graduate tuition of a single course rate. For each EAP course, admitted students will be assessed tuition of the posted rate, less 20%. The GSR 981 course carries tuition.

Students will pay GSA fees and will have all of the benefits and services accorded to graduate students, including extended health and dental benefits.

Only students actively engaged in thesis-based master’s and PhD programs are eligible for CGPS scholarships. These students must seek other support for the GPC portion of their program until such time as they are registered in the GSR 981.