Applications are accepted throughout the year.

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

Physiology is the study of life and how living cells and tissues function, enabling organisms to live and interact with their environment. Physiologists answer key questions ranging from the workings inside single cells to the interactions between human populations and our environment on earth and beyond. Physiology plays a crucial role in integrating environmental influences and new molecular discoveries with the function of tissues and organs, and ultimately the whole body.

Our graduate programs provide advanced studies and research in major fields:

  • comparative respiratory and cardiovascular physiology
  • neurophysiology (electrophysiology, cellular imaging in neurons and glial cells, in vitro and in vivo studies of cerebral ischemia)
  • vascular function, ion channels and endogenous gases
  • calcium channels and neuroendocrine secretion
  • hemoxygenase system
  • cardiovascular pathology

Research supervisors

We recommend that you contact the faculty that are doing research in an area that interests you before beginning a formal application. Please note that the following list includes core members of the Physiology Faculty as well as Associate Members, who are also eligible to supervise or co-supervise graduate students in the Physiology Graduate Program with permission of our Graduate Committee.

Name Research areas
Terra Arnason
Angela Baerwald
Landon Baillie
Stanley Bardal
Lane BekarNeuromodulators, glial cells, and neurodegeneration
Julia BoughnerPhysical anthropology, primate biology and evolution
Scotty ButcherStrength training methodology/biomechanics, high-Intensity interval training, muscle oxygenation during exercise, exercise testing/training methods
Veronica CampanucciDiabetes Mellitus, Neuropathy, Oxidative Stress, Electrophysiology
L. Dean ChapmanSynchrotron radiation and x-ray optics directed to medical and biological problems, x-ray imaging
Jennifer Chlan-Fourney
Donald CockcroftAsthma
David CooperBone aging, adaptation and disease 3D Imaging Synchrotron Science
Kaushik DesaiEndothelial dysfunction, hypertension, diabetes, preventive strategies against hyperfructosemia, oxidative stress
Brian EamesCartilage tissue engineering; Synchrotron imaging of skeletal tissues
Thomas FisherOsmoregulation, Ca2+ channels
Andrew FreywaldMolecular mechanisms that determine cancer invasiveness and metastasis
Venkat GopalakrishnanCellular and Subcellular Basis for the Vascular and Cardiac Actions of Peptides
Jack GrayAnimal behaviour; Biorobotics; Insect; Neuroethology; Neurophysiology; Neuroscience
John HowlandBehavioural neuroscience, psychiatric illness, stress, brain
Juan IanowskiCystic fibrosis, Synchrotron, Airway disease, Fluid transport
Michael KellyCerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery; Synchrotron imaging
Pat KroneEmbryonic development, heat shock genes
William KulykMolecular regulation of embryonic cartilage and differentiation
Lixin LiuThe role of intracellular signaling molecules in leukocyte recruitment and transendothelial migration
Daniel MacPheeIntegrin-mediated signaling in placental development. Role of small stress proteins in uterine muscle function during pregnancy.
Adel MohamedEnzyme inducers on experimental allergic encephalomyelitis, Medical and Dental Anatomy curriculum designing, steroid effect on different organs
Darrell MousseauNeurochemistry and molecular biology, early life determinants as risk factors for Alzheimer disease, clinical depression
Sean MulliganNeuroscience, Pain, Nociception, Animal welfare
Joseph NdisangCardiovascular physiology, endocrinology
Helen NicholApplications of synchrotron technology to medicine
Nick OvsenekHeat Shock Proteins
Bogdan PopescuHealth sciences
Marek Radomski
Grzegorz SawickiOxidative stress, heart injury, pharmaco-proteomics, Novel intracellular function of matrix metalloproteinase-2 in heart injury
Ahmed Shoker
Robert SkomroGeneral Respirology, Sleep Medicine,
Changiz TaghibiglouExcitotoxicity-induced neuronal apoptosis, Lipid Neurobiology, Designing bioactive short peptides
Valerie VergeNerve Injury and Repair Mechanisms , Role of Neurotrophic Molecules
Wolfgang WalzAging process, Synaptic plasticity, non-neuronal brain cells in disease, Biology and pathology of astrocytes & microglia, psychiatry, health sciences
Scott Widenmaier

Tuition and funding

In their applications, students should identify their financial status and state if attendance is contingent on receiving financial aid. The department employs graduate students as marking assistants and a limited number of scholarships, research fellowships and teaching assistantships are available. There is a keen competition for this financial support. Applications for Departmental Scholarships, Research Fellowships and Teaching Assistantships may only be submitted after a student has been admitted.

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.


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 honors degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study, or a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree
  • 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)
  • 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 (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and independent research
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Application process

Prior to formal application

Applicants should contact potential supervisors by email before preparing a formal application. Once a potential supervisor has been identified, based on interest and space availability, the candidate will be notified and the formal application process will begin. The faculty member will notify the Graduate Secretary of the applicant’s name and she will reply with the instructions on how to proceed with an application through the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

The applicant should proceed to apply through CGPS only after receiving a notification by the Department of Physiology Graduate Secretary. Once that notification has been received, the students can begin the formal application process below. Please note, applications are accepted at any time during the year.

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.


Once a complete application has been received, the Department of Physiology Grad Committee will evaluate the eligibility of the applicant and will recommend or reject admission into the physiology graduate program.

The applicant should expect to receive a notification about this decision from the Grad Chair approximately one month after submission.

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


Department of Physiology
Health Sciences Building
107 Wiggins Road
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E5

Graduate Chair
Dr. Juan Ianowski

Graduate Programs Administrator
Lori Luczka