Applications are accepted throughout the year. Scholarship competitions are held in April each year.

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

Our department has active research programs in a diverse range of sub-disciplines. We have three areas of particular focus and strength:

  • Structure and function
  • Biodiversity and evolution
  • Ecology and the environment

This program encourages collaboration with other colleges in our university such as the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Medicine, or the College of Agriculture and Bioresources. We also have close connections with government institutions located on campus such as the Prairie and Northern Wildlife Centre and the Plant Biotechnology Institute. At the University of Saskatchewan, you will have the opportunity to both access world class research facilities and engage with local communities when conducting your research.

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
Chris AmbroseActin; cell adhesion; cell biology; cell division; cell wall; cytoskeleton; endomembrane; imaging; microtubule
Jose AndresAdaption; evolution; field crickets; genetics; origin; poison dart frogs; reproduction; soapberry bug
Peta Bonham-SmithHeat stress; molecular biology; plant; plant cell biology; plant ribosome; trichomes
P. Jorge ChedreseBiotechnology; endocrinology; gene; ovary; pituitary
Neil ChiltonEctoparasites; endosymbiotic and pathogenic bacteria; nematodes; population genetics; ticks
Doug ChiversAmphibians; behavioural ecology; chemical ecology; fish; freshwater; marine; predator/prey interactions
Hugo Cota-SanchezCactaceae; Natural History Collections; Plant Systematics; Reproductive and Pollination Biology
Art DavisBotany; developmental biology; ecology; palynology; pollen
Carlos CarvalhoC. elegans; aging; chromosome; epigenetics; genetics; germline
Jack GrayAnimal behaviour; Biorobotics; Insect; Neuroethology; Neurophysiology; Neuroscience
Jeff HudsonAquatic biogeochemistry; Aquatic ecosystems; Aquatic nutrients; Climate change; Elemental cycling; Food webs; Lakes and rivers; Plankton; Reservoirs; Ultraviolet Radiation; Water; Water quality
Susan KaminskyjCell biology; endophytes; fungi; hyphal growth; prairies
Jeffrey LaneClimate change; Hibernation; Phenology; Quantitative genetics; Wild mammal
Dennis LehmkuhlSaskatchewan; aquatic insects; ecology; freshwater ecology; pollution; prairie; river
Tracy MarchantAnimal; biology; bird; corticosterone; endocrinology; energy; feather; growth; hormone; physiology; stress; vertebrate; zoology
Philip Dunstan McLoughlinAnimal ecology; behaviour; biodiversity; caribou; evolution; habitat selection; horse; mammals; morphology; natural history; natural selection; population-level ecological genetics
Christy MorrisseyBirds; ecology; ecophysiology; ecotoxicology; environment; environmental pollution; industrial pollutants; insects and insectivores; migration; pesticides; river; water; wetlands
Som NiyogiAnimal Physiology; Aquatic Toxicology; Assessment of Industrial Metal Pollution; Metal Bioavailabilty and Toxicity; Physiology of Metal Uptake and Homeostasis
Chris ToddArabidopsis; abiotic stress; molecular biology; nitrogen metabolism; plant biochemistry; plant biology; plant development; plant physiology; soybean
Yangdou WeiFungi; molecular plant pathology; pathogenomics; plant; viral
Karen WiebeBirds; foraging; parental care; reproductive success; woodpecker
Ken WilsonAlgae; biodiversity; bioenergetics; genomics; molecular biology; photosynthesis
The above list does not include adjunct and associate professors who may also be able to supervise students in this program. Visit the Department of Biology's website for a full listing of all faculty members.

Tuition and funding


Funding is not guaranteed for this program. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis based on nominations from supervisors. When you speak with potential supervisors about the research you would like to do, ask about funding opportunities.

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 and Mexico.


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, 2018 $1379.00 $2178.82
January 1 - April 30, 2019 $1379.00 $2178.82
May 1 - August 31, 2019 $1379.00 $2178.82
Total per academic year $4137.00 $6536.46

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 Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Biology, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university
  • 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)
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • 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 Master's program)
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research
  • 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
    • 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 a relevant 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.

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 116 Thorvaldson Building - 110 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5C9

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

  • A letter or statement of intent outlining your research interests
  • Copies of your academic transcript(s): your official transcripts must be sent by the registrar(s) of the university or universities which you have attended
  • A curriculum vitae or resume


Department of Biology
112 Science Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E2

Graduate Chair
Dr. Doug Chivers

General Contact