Program

Applications are accepted year-round. Students may begin their program in January, May or September each year.

Please note that we are not accepting applications to the postgraduate diploma at this time.
ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.Sc.2 years
Ph.D.4 years

Research and postgraduate teaching in toxicology is coordinated and led by the Toxicology Centre, with substantial participation from members of the University's Toxicology Group. The Toxicology Group is an interdisciplinary body under the umbrella of the College of Graduate Studies and Research that consists of faculty members from many university departments, as well as scientists from various government research institutions located on or near campus. Most Toxicology Group faculty are available to serve as supervisors for prospective students.

The interdisciplinary nature of the program provides students with a diverse array of potential research opportunities in toxicology. Prospective students can apply to the program from such varied undergraduate backgrounds as agriculture, biology, chemistry, ecology, environmental sciences, medicine, physiology, pharmacology, toxicology, and veterinary medicine, to name but a few.

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
Jane AlcornPharmacokinetics, Drug Metabolism, Drug Discovery, Natural Products, Ontogeny of Systemic Clearance, Drug and Nutrient Transporters
Lalita BharadwajCommunity based participatory research, Indigenous communities, Human and Environmental Health Risk Assessment
Barry BlakleyPesticide exposure, Cholinesterase inhibition in birds, Immunotoxicology, Diagnostic veterinary toxicology
Graham GeorgeDisease; health; mercury; metals; spectroscopy; toxicology
John GiesyAquatic and wildlife toxicology related to endocrine disrupters and ecological risk assessment.
Markus HeckerAquatic ecology/fish biology, Development & application of bioanalytical techniques, Environmental pollution, Biological effects of environment
Natacha HoganMolecular & cellular mechanisms underlying pathological & toxicological effects of contaminant exposure, changes in endocrine & immune function
David JanzInteractions between physiological control and environmental alteration of developmental and reproductive processes in vertebrates.
Timothy JardineContaminant biomagnification in aquatic ecosystems, tropical floodplain hydrology and ecology, freshwater food webs
Paul JonesEnvironmental chemistry and toxicology, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, aquatic and wildlife toxicology, ecological risk assessment
Edward KrolXenobiotic metabolism of naturally occurring phenols; reactive intermediates
Pat KroneEndocrine modulation/developmental toxicology; use of stress proteins as biomonitors of toxicity in fish embryos
Karsten LiberMetal bioavailability and toxicity in aquatic ecosystems, especially in sediments; mining impacts on aquatic ecosystems
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
Petros PapagerakisStem cells and biomaterials for cranio-facial tissues engineering; Therapeutic targeted delivery; Biosensors in oral cavity to diagnose and monitor systemic diseases
Silvana Papagerakis
Phyllis PatersonBiochemical and physiological functions of trace elements; nutrition and eye function; effects of nutrients on antioxidant pathways in stroke
Ingrid PickeringX-ray absorption spectroscopy; X-ray fluorescence imaging; arsenic; environment; health; mercury; metals; selenium; stroke; synchrotron
Steven SicilianoSoil ecotoxicology, investigation of trace contaminant effects in northern terrestrial ecosystems using molecular tools
Katherine StewartHerbicide persistence and toxicity in northern soils and vegetation; Soil amendment technology and practices for remediation and restoration...
Lynn WeberTobacco smoke and air pollution effects on cardiovascular disease; pathophysiological mechanisms, animal models, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
Mark WickstromEffects of pesticides and metals in wildlife; cyanobacterial toxins; clinical veterinary toxicology; environmental risk assessment
Wei XiaoMechanisms of action of genotoxic chemicals and cellular responses to DNA damage.
Gordon ZelloProtein and amino acid metabolism in humans and animals investigated using stable isotope methodology; effects of drugs on protein metabolism, ...

Tuition and funding

Funding

All graduate students are guaranteed funding if accepted into the program. Minimum stipends are $18,600 for Master students and $21,600 for doctoral students.

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, 2019 $1420.00 $2243.60
January 1 - April 30, 2020 $1420.00 $2243.60
May 1 - August 31, 2020 $1420.00 $2243.60
Total per academic year $4260.00 $6730.80

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 2019 Winter 2020 Spring 2020 Summer 2020
Student fees $741.84 $282.81 $22.50 $22.50

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

Please note that we are not accepting applications to the postgraduate diploma at this time.

  • 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.
  • a cumulative weighted average of at least a 65% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. 60 credit units)
  • 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% (U of S 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.
  • a Master’s degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • a cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. coursework required in Master’s program)

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.

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 a current curriculum vitae as well as a statement indicating your experience and/or interest in the field of toxicology.

Contact

Toxicology Centre
44 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5B3

Graduate Chair
Dr Lynn Weber
Email: lynn.weber@usask.ca

Graduate Administrator
Fiona Price
Email: Fiona.price@usask.ca
Telephone: 306-966-2795