Application Deadline: November 15 to be considered for the December Round of Dean's Scholarship (this does not apply to the Clinical stream applicants).

January 15 - only complete, paid applications will be considered for our start date of September 2022.


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

The Department of Psychology offers programs in four streams:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Cognition and Neuroscience
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Culture, Human, and Health Development

We have a strong emphasis on research in a wide spectrum of topics, including laboratory and applied projects.

Applied Social Psychology

The program offers training in social psychological theory, research design and methodology, statistics, program evaluation, along with many independent research opportunities. Unique to this program is the emphasis placed on students obtaining research-based experience through practicum and internship placements. Faculty interests are: the psychology of immigration and acculturation, body image, diversity, gay and lesbian issues, prejudice, reproductive health/mental health, sexuality, stereotyping, culture, language, and identity.

Culture, Human and Health Development

This program seeks to understand developmental processes in cultural context and across the lifespan. It is built upon interdisciplinary research and training with primary strengths in developmental, social, and clinical psychology as well as cultural and medical anthropology. The program emphasizes qualitative as well as quantitative research approaches, and research in both the local and global contexts.

Cognition and Neuroscience

Designed for students who wish to focus primarily on basic research and theoretical issues leading to scientist's positions for basic psychological research in university, hospital, community, industry, or government settings. This program offers two areas of specialization: Behavioural Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. Typically, students enrol in the Masters program for one year and then transfer to the PhD.

Clinical Psychology

Accredited by both the Canadian Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association. It follows a scientist-practitioner model, blending scholarly research with professional skill training. The program trains clinical psychologists for employment in academic, research, clinical, community, and private practice settings. Typically, students enrol in the master's program for one year and then transfer to the Ph.D. program.

Research supervisors

It is not necessary to find a potential supervisor before you begin an application. The list below though may be helpful to learn about the research interests of our faculty.

Name Research areas
Carie BuchananAdolescence; adulthood; development; transition
Katherine CollinsLanguage, culture, identity
Jorden CummingsChild and Adolescent Development; PTSD; Psychopathology; coping; psychopathology; psychotherapy; stress; trauma
Michel DesjardinsAboriginal health, cross-cultural physical & mental health, cross-cultural research, Aboriginal, culture, Indigenous, mental health
Lorin EliasCognition & Neurosciences; Synesthesia; advertising; aesthetics; brain; cognitive; hemisphere; spatial attention
Michelle GagnonFamily; Health Psychology; Knowledge Translation; Mental Health Literacy; Pain; Pediatric
Peter R. GrantAcculturation; deprivation; foreign credentialing issues; group protests; identity; immigration; intergroup relations; nationalism; stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination
Paulette HunterHealth; adult; aging; dementia; development; environment; identity; individual; mental health; personhood; psychology; resilience
Karen LawsonHealth; program evaluation; reproduction; sexuality; stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination
Todd G. MorrisonStereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination; body image; feminist psychology; film studies; human sexuality; masculinity; pornography; psychometrics; queer studies
Megan O'ConnellAging, Alzheimer disease, dementia, frontotemporal dementia, health, memory, neuropsychology, psychometrics, rural, technology, telemedicine
Gordon SartyCompact MRI; Physiological Math Models of the Brain and Ovary; fMRI data analysis; Observational and theoretical astrophysics
Ulrich TeucherAboriginal Health; Cross-Cultural Physical & Mental Health; Cross-Cultural Research; Human Developmenr; Human Development; Indigenous; Indigenous knowledge; aboriginal; children; cross-cultural research; food security; health; qualitative research in psychology; self
Valerie ThompsonCognition & Neurosciences; cognition; decision-making; intuitive vs analytic thinking; metacognition; reasoning
James B. WaldramAboriginal Health; Cross-Cultural Physical & Mental Health; Indigenous; aboriginal; central america; cultural psychology; culture; disaster; ethnography; healing; medical anthropology; mental health; psychological anthropology; risk

Tuition and funding


Apply early to be considered for the maximum number of scholarship 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. (Tuition assessment and payment for Spring/Summer terms is split; however, students are required to pay for the full term.)

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2022 $1,566.00 CAD $3,132.00 CAD
January 1 - April 30, 2023 $1,566.00 CAD $3,132.00 CAD
May 1 - August 31, 2023 $1,566.00 CAD $3,132.00 CAD
Total per academic year $4,698.00 CAD $9,396.00 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 2022 Winter 2023 Spring 2023 Summer 2023
Student fees $782.50 CAD $323.47 CAD $35.00 CAD $35.00 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 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
  • 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, or equivalent, 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)

Application process

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 $120 application fee. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

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 be required only for applicants 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: a two-to-three page document stating your research and academic interests, related experience, program you are interested in and particular faculty member(s) as your potential supervisor(s).


Department of Psychology
9 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A5

Graduate Chair
Valerie Thompson

Graduate Administrator
Joni Morman