Program

PLEASE NOTE: Applications to this academic unit require a pre-qualification form to be submitted prior to the formal online application. The pre-qualification form will be reviewed by department faculty. If resources allow, the applicant will then be invited to apply formally online.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
P.G.D.1 year
M.Eng.2 years
M.Sc.2 years
Ph.D.4 years

The department offers Master of Science (M.Sc.), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree programs, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) program. In the M.Sc. and PhD programs, graduate students complete course work and a project, while PGD students complete course work only. All graduate programs are conducted under the supervision of a faculty member. Graduate student enrollment is approximately 80 students, and about half of our students are enrolled in the PhD program.

Faculty members pursue research in six broad areas of mechanical engineering:

  • advanced engineering design and manufacturing
  • applied mechanics and machine design
  • bioengineering
  • control systems, robotics and fluid power
  • fluid dynamics, thermal sciences and energy
  • materials science and metallurgy

Research programs range from fundamental investigations intended to advance theoretical understanding to practical studies intended to solve current industrial and environmental problems. A significant number of research projects involve industrial partners who provide funding, expertise, and access to special research facilities.

The department is home to Canada Research Chairs in Nanoengineering Coating Technologies and Energy and Advanced Materials. The department has well equipped laboratories, which include facilities that are among the very best of their kind in Canada. Research is also conducted on campus at a number of other facilities, including the Saskatchewan Structural Sciences Centre and the Canadian Light Source, Canada's national synchrotron research facility.

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
Donald BergstromFluid dynamics; thermal sciences; energy
James BuggParticle Image Velocimetry; Experimental Fluid Dynamics; Bubble Dynamics; Taylor Bubbles
Daniel ChenTissue Engineering, Scaffold Bio-fabrication, Mechatronics, Nano-Positioning
Duncan CreeSustainable Materials; Advanced Engineering Materials; Polymers; Composites Processing; Natural Fibres; Bio-Resins; Mechanical Properties, Testing and Microstructural Characterization
Trever CroweLivestock transport; Animal welfare; Livestock production
Allan DolovichSolid mechanics; Nonlinear stress analysis; Experimental methods
Reza FotouhiRobotics (Dynamics and Control); Structural Dynamics and Vibrations; Computational Mechanics (Finite Element and Optimization); Biomechanics
Huiqing GuoHVAC; Air quality control; Environment control for agricultural buildings; Air emission and dispersion monitoring and modelling
James JohnstonBiomechanics; Medical Imaging; Computational Mechanics (Finite Element and Modelling)
Emily McWalterBiomechanics, quantitative magnetic resonance imaging, cartilage, meniscus, soft tissue testing, osteoarthritis, musculoskeletal injury
Scott NobleSpectroscopy; Hyperspectral Imaging; Machine Vision; Process Monitoring; Pneumatic Conveying; Agricultural Machinery
Akindele OdeshiPhysical metallurgy; Microstructure Design; Engineered Materials; Composite Materials; High Strain-Rate Testing and Evaluation; Failure and Fracture
Ikechukwuka OguochaCharacterization of Decomposition Reactions in Metallic Alloys and Metal Matrix Composites; Interface Phenomena in Metal Matrix Composites; Wear of Engineering Materials
Richard RetzlaffEngineering Education; Engineering Design and Prototyping, Director; Shad Valley
Carey SimonsonMoisture transfer in buildings; Air-to-air energy recovery; Heat and mass transfer in porous media; Frosting and fouling of heat exchangers
David SumnerExperimental fluid mechanics; Bluff-body aerodynamics; Fluid-structure interactions
Jerzy SzpunarAdvanced nuclear materials and accident tolerant nuclear fuel ATF); Generation and storage of hydrogen; Pipeline steels for oil and gas transport; Corrosion protection; Coatings zinc and polymer based; Advanced thermal barrier coatings; Failure of metals in environment of service; Ab-initio/MD simulation and prediction of structure and properties of metals and ceramic compounds; Synchrotron techniques in electronic structure analysis
David TorviNumerical and experimental heat transfer; Fire science; Heat transfer in human skin; Protective clothing; Textile Sciences
Travis WiensFluid Power (Hydraulics); Acoustic Sensing; Dynamic Modelling; Mining; Mechatronics
Fangxiang WuBionetwork analysis, Network control theory and its applications, Drug target identification, Biomedical signal and image processing and analysis
Qiaoqin YangNanostructured thin films/coatings; Friction wear and corrosion; Tools and biomedical implants; Plasma and ion beam deposition and etching
Wen ZhangMechanical Design, Manufacturing, Dynamic System and Control, MEMS, Informatics, Robotics

Tuition and funding

M.Sc. and PhD students are eligible for financial support in the form of research assistantships or fellowships, as well as teaching assistantships. The department and university also offer a number of graduate student scholarships. Students do not apply directly for these scholarships, but are nominated by their prospective supervisor. M.Eng. and PGD students are not eligible for financial support.

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.

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, 2020 $1,420.00 CAD $2,243.60 CAD
January 1 - April 30, 2021 $1,420.00 CAD $2,243.60 CAD
May 1 - August 31, 2021 $1,420.00 CAD $2,243.60 CAD
Total per academic year $4,260.00 CAD $6,730.80 CAD

Course based program

Students in course based programs pay tuition for each class they take. Every class is assigned a number of credit units (usually three) which determines the cost. If a student is not enrolled in any classes for a term, they will need to register in a 'Maintenance of Status' class that is 3 credits to stay in their program.

P.G.D. students do not need to register in the Maintenance of Status course as long as they take a single class every academic year.

Canadian International
Cost per graduate credit unit $229.50 CAD $362.61 CAD
Maintenance of Status course $688.50 CAD $1087.83 CAD
Cost per 3 credit unit graduate class $688.50 CAD $1087.83 CAD

Student fees

In addition to tuition above, students also pay fees for programs like health and dental insurance, a bus pass, and other campus services. The amount you need to pay depends on if you are taking classes full time or part time, and if you are on campus or not. The table below assumes you are on campus full-time.

Fall 2020 Winter 2021Spring 2021 Summer 2021
Student fees$699.04 CAD $299.28 CAD$27.50 CAD $27.50 CAD

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

  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.
  • a cumulative weighted average of at least a 65% (USask grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. 60 credit units)
  • a four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study

*An applicant cannot be admitted into an Engineering graduate program unless a faculty member agrees to supervise their graduate program.

  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.
  • a cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (USask grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. 60 credit units)
  • a four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research

*An applicant cannot be admitted into an Engineering graduate program unless a faculty member agrees to supervise their graduate program.

  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.
  • a cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (USask grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. 60 credit units)
  • a four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research

*An applicant cannot be admitted into an Engineering graduate program unless a faculty member agrees to supervise their graduate program.

  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.
  • Master’s degree (thesis-based), from a recognized university in a relevant academic discipline
  • a cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (USask 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

*An applicant cannot be admitted into an Engineering graduate program unless a faculty member agrees to supervise their graduate program.

Application process

Before you apply

Because you are required to have a supervisor before you will be accepted as a graduate student, you should submit a pre-qualification application before applying, to assist you in finding a supervisor. Please visit our department's website and complete a pre-qualification application before submitting a formal online application.

Submit an online application

Before beginning your online application, be sure that you have carefully reviewed all program information and admission requirements on this page.

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • Contact information of your three referees
    • For your letters of recommendation, two of your referees must be academic contacts, and the third may be academic or professional
  • Your complete academic history from all previous post-secondary institutions

The application takes about 30 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. 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.

Submit required documents

Once you've submitted your online application, you will have access to upload your required documents, and provide the contact information for your references. To do this, go to the "Supplemental Items & Documents" tab in your application, and upload the documents outlined below.

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.

Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.

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

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

  • A statement/letter of intent outlining your research interests
  • A curriculum vitae or resume

Contact

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the academic unit by email if answers to questions are not found on this or the department's program page.

Department of Mechanical Engineering
57 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A9

General Contact
Email: engr-me-grad.inquiries@usask.ca

Graduate Chair
JD Johnston
Email: jd.johnston@usask.ca