SENS is currently accepting applications for September 2020. We will continue to accept applications until the program is full; please submit your application as early as possible to ensure adequate time for consideration by the admissions committee.

Deadline for MWS-China program applicants based on conditional acceptance: June 26, 2020
Deadline for MWS-China program applicants based on unconditional acceptance: July 31, 2020

The pathway for acceptance into the MWS-China program is dependent on English Language Test scores (IELTS, TOEFL or Duolingo) taken in the last 24 months. Students that do not meet the minimum requirements for unconditional acceptance will be required to enroll in an English Language preparatory course in summer 2020, to be completed prior to the start of Term 1.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.W.S.1 year
Master of Water Security info session

The MWS is a cross-disciplinary, project-based and professional-style program that is completed in 12 months of full-time study. Graduates are prepared to address complex water problems, with training in science, engineering and policy analysis enabling them to investigate water security issues of regional, national and international significance. Graduates are ready to pursue careers as water scientists, managers and policy-makers with the necessary expertise needed to tackle the complex water problems facing us now, and in the future.

The program is a joint initiative between the School of Environment and Sustainability and the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS)—a world-leading research centre focused addressing issues such as climate change and water resources, flooding and drought, and the social and policy environment surrounding water management. USask has one of the highest concentrations of faculty working in water research worldwide and is the destination point for those seeking integrated, comprehensive training in water security.

Program highlights

The ENVS 806 Field Course will be modified for online delivery.

To view official admission and program requirements for the MWS, please visit the Program Catalogue.

Study online

Whether you are a Canadian or international student, you will soon be able to complete the MWS program entirely online. We anticipate online delivery of our courses to begin in September 2020. To learn more, email and we will let you know once more information is available.

Study in Canada or China

The Master of Water Security is a USask degree that is offered at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada and at Beijing Normal University (BNU) in Beijing, China. When applying, indicate in your statement of intent that you would like to study at BNU if you would like to study in China.

Due to its comprehensive strength, BNU ranks among the top universities in the country. The BNU College of Water Sciences was formally established in 2005. Presently, there are four departments: Department of Hydrology and Water Resources, Department of Groundwater Science and Engineering, Department of Water Ecology and Environment, and Department of Water Security. BNU also has one Key Lab of Ministry of Education (MOE) and one Key Laboratory of Beijing.


Program Canadian International
Master of Water Security (Beijing Normal University Campus) * $23,700.00 CAD

*domestic rate is not applicable 

Master of Water Security (U of S Campus) $10,510.00 CAD $16,605.80 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.

Additional fees

Applicants who receive admission to the MWS program are required to submit a deposit to hold their spot in the limited capacity program. Successful applicants will receive a notice of acceptance and must mail the completed notice with their deposit. The notice of acceptance and the deposit must be received by SENS by the deadline specified in the letter or this offer will automatically lapse. The deposit will be applied as partial payment of tuition fees at the time of registration and is refundable if a student subsequently decides not to enter the MWS program.

For tuition for students taking this program at BNU, please see the BNU Brochure.

Admission requirements

Master of Water Security

  • a 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 four-year degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study

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 $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 curriculum vitae or resume
  • A statement/letter of intent (one to two pages in length) that includes:
    • Specific areas of interest that could lead to a project topic
    • A description of why the applicant wants to pursue professionally-oriented graduate study in the interdisciplinary context of the School of Environment and Sustainability
    • A description of any employment or study experiences that relate to the professional interests described

Application deadlines

International and domestic applicants

Applications for September 2020 admission are now closed. The application portal for September 2021 admissions will open in October, and interested students are encouraged to apply as early as possible when it opens.

Second international applicant intake

The international deadlines are only for applicants applying to study in Canada. If you are interested in pursuing the MWS-China program at Beijing Normal University, apply by June 26, 2020 for conditional acceptance, or July 31, 2020 for unconditional acceptance.

Study permits and processing times

Be advised that study permit processing times vary for different countries. We strongly recommend that all international applicants consult the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's website for processing times and apply as early as possible to ensure that if accepted into the program, there is enough time to obtain a study permit. However, as the program moves to online delivery, you may not be required to be physically present in Saskatoon, and therefore may not need a study permit.

For more information and support for international applicants, please consult the USask International Student Guide.


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

Graduate Chair
Dr. Karl-Erich Lindenschmidt

Graduate Administrator

Program Director
Dr. Andrew Ireson