Applications for the 2024–2025 academic year are now open.
Deadline for all applications is July 15, 2024. (Note: all certificates are intended to be completed online.)
You do not need a faculty supervisor to apply for this program.

Note: Any application documents that are intended to be personal statements (e.g., Statement of Intent, Statement of Research, etc.) must be written by the applicant. Any such documents that appear to be produced by generative artificial intelligence (e.g., ChatGPT) may be rejected.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse basedDelivery
G.Cert.1 yearOnline

The Graduate Certificate in Water Science provides opportunities to apply knowledge in the water sciences to address extant and emerging water quality issues. This certificate is tailored for practitioners with interest in the water sciences, aiming to deepen their knowledge as it relates to chemical risk, ecosystem management and hydrogeological processes.

The program is designed to allow working professionals the flexibility to complete the certificate while also continuing to work in their profession. Students will be required to take the following courses:

Students may take the certificate as a stand-alone program or may ladder this credential into the Master of Water Security (M.W.S.).


Program Canadian students International students
Graduate Certificate in Water Science  per credit unit $409.00 CAD $920.25 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 2023 Winter 2024 Spring 2024 Summer 2024
Student fees $497.88 CAD $659.51 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

Graduate Certificate (G.Cert.)

  • A four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study, OR a three-year first cycle undergraduate degree, in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study, from an institution meeting the criteria set forth in the Bologna Declaration, will be acceptable as the equivalent of an undergraduate degree
  • A minimum cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (USask grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g., 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 minimum overall TOEFL score of 86, a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5, or another approved test as outlined by the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • A completed course at the undergraduate level (100-level or equivalent) in both mathematics and statistics with at least 70% (USask grade system equivalent)

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
    • Your letters of recommendation may be from either academic or professional contacts and must speak to your capacity for success in a graduate program
  • 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.


School of Environment and Sustainability
Room 323 Kirk Hall
117 Science Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5C8

Graduate Chair
Jim Robson

Graduate Administrator