Deadline for International Applicants: January 31, 2019
Deadline for Domestic Applicants: April 30, 2019

BNU applicants:  April 12, 2019

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.W.S.1 year

The Master of Water Security (MWS) is a cross-disciplinary, project-based and professional-style program that may be completed in 12 months of full time study. Students are trained in science, engineering and policy analysis to investigate water security issues of regional, national and international significance through a holistic lens. Graduates are ready to become water scientists, managers and policy-makers with the necessary expertise to tackle the complex and multidisciplinary 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 - a world-leading centre focused on research that addresses issues such as climate change and water resources, flooding and drought, and the social and policy environment surrounding water management. The U of S 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. Join us and study with one of the strongest water research communities in North America. 

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.

Beijing Normal University (BNU) is a key university directly under the Ministry of Education. The predecessor of the school was founded in 1902. After more than 100 years of development, the school now has 23 colleges, 10 research institutes, three faculties, and two departments. Due to its comprehensive strength, BNU ranks among the top universities in the country. In the 2017/18 World University Rankings published by the UK Higher Education Survey (QS), BNU ranked 256th and ranked 8th among Chinese universities.

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.

Research supervisors

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

Name Research areas
MJ BarrettHuman-nature relations, Intuitive human-animal communications, Ways of knowing, Indigenous and decolonizing methodologies
Helen BaulchWater quality, Aquatic ecology, Biogeochemical cycles, Algal blooms
Angela Bedard-HaughnApplied pedology, Soils and global change, Wetland soils
Kenneth BelcherEcological economics, Resource and environmental economics, Environmental policy, Wetland and wildlife conservation policy
Lalita BharadwajCommunity based participatory research, Indigenous communities, Human and Environmental Health Risk Assessment
Jill A.E. BlakleyAssessment; cumulative effects assessment; environmental; environmental assessment; planning; regional; urban
Lori BradfordIndigenous water knowledge, Water policy, Water empathy, Social determinants of health, Engaged scholarship
Ryan BrookAboriginal wildlife, land and resource management, youth education, climate change, ecosystem monitoring
Douglas ClarkIndigenous co-management of resources and ecosystems; polar bear-human conflicts; wildlife and protected area management; environmental governance
Ajay DalaiChemical Reaction Design; Heterogeneous Catalysis; Biomass and Bioenergy; Petroleum Processing; Materials Synthesis and Characterization; Gas Processing; Hydrotreating; Sustainable Energy; Value-added processing; Nanotechnology; Gasification; Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis
Rachel Engler-StringerFood systems and food security , Nutritional health inequities , Community-based and participatory research , Health promotion
Jim GermidaSoil microbiology, microbial biodiversity and community dynamics of microorganisms in agro-ecosystems
Michael GertlerCo-operatives and Commons Studies; Communities and Community Development; Development Sociology; Environmental Sociology; Rural Sociology; Sociology of Agriculture; Sociology of Knowledge
Markus HeckerAquatic ecology/fish biology, Development & application of bioanalytical techniques, Environmental pollution, Biological effects of environment
Andrew IresonModelling flow and transport in the hydrological cycle; Integrated hydrological data improvements; Hydrological change in northern latitudes; Groundwater resource management; Groundwater quality; Sustainable development of natural resources; Water resource engineering; Integrated hydrological-epidemiological research; Groundwater modelling
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
Vladimir KricsfalusyConservation biology, population biology and ecology, community ecology, restoration ecology, taxonomy
Surendra KulshreshthaGreenhouse gas emission mitigation, Drought economic impact assessment, Water resources and irrigation, Environmental valuation
Colin LaroquePast and future climates in Canada in relation to dynamic ecosystem and geomorpholgical processes; Dendrochronology and dendrochronological techniques
Yanping LiAtmospheric Physics; convection in the troposphere; geophysical fluid dynamics
Karsten LiberMetal bioavailability and toxicity in aquatic ecosystems, especially in sediments; mining impacts on aquatic ecosystems
Karl-Erich LindenschmidtSurface water quality modelling, river ice processes, climate change and river morphology, flood and flood risk management
Jeffrey McDonnellWatershed hydrology, runoff processes and modelling, isotope hydrology, hydrological theory
Christy MorrisseyBirds; ecology; ecophysiology; ecotoxicology; environment; environmental pollution; industrial pollutants; insects and insectivores; migration; pesticides; river; water; wetlands
David NatcherAboriginal land and resource management, economic and environmental anthropology, Arctic and Subarctic North America
Mehdi NematiEnvironmental Bioengineering; Biochemical Engineering; Bioremediation; Microbial Fuel Cell Technology; Napthenic Acids; Oil Sand Tailing; Sulfur and Nitrogenous Pollutants; Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs); Biocorrosion; Bioreactor
Catherine Hui NiuBiosorption, Biofuel Ethanol Purification, Biochemcial separation, drug release, industrial effluent treatment and metal recovery
Bram NobleAssessment; cumulative effects assessment; energy resources; environmental assessment; environmental policy; mineral; water; watersheds
Robert PatrickWatershed Planning; aboriginal; indigenous; land use; urban; water
Greg PoelzerAboriginal; Indigenous; development; governance; northen regions; policy
Jeremy RaynerGlobal forest governance, Resource, environmental and energy policies, Policy theory (especially institutionalism and problems of policy change)
Seyed Saman RazaviHydrologic models development, Environmental and water resources systems, Sensitivity analysis and uncertainty quantification, Artificial intelligence
Maureen ReedSocial dimensions of environment and sustainability, environmental governance, community-based ecosystem management, gender-based analysis
James RobsonEnvironmental governance through collective action; Migration-environment-development nexus; Local approaches to biodiversity conservation
David SchneiderBiological sequence analysis; comparative bacteria genomics; crop plant structure-function relations; crop plant genotype-phenotype relations
Jafar SoltanEnvironmental catalysis, Catalytic ozonation, Application of ultrasound in wastewater treatment, Multiphase reactors, Novel sorbents and catalysts
Graham StrickertHuman dimensions of water security
Ryan WalkerAboriginal; Indigenous; city planning; public space; urban design; urban geography
Andrew WatsonCanada; Muskoka; agriculture; agroecosystems; coal; commodities; energy; environmental history; farm systems; history; irrigation; leather; social metabolism; sustainability
Clinton WestmanCommunity-Engaged Research; Environment; Ethnography; Extractive Industries; Heritage Landscapes; Human-Animal Relations; Indigenous Issues; Public Participation; Religious Practice
Howard WheaterHydrological processes; Hydrological modelling; Flood risk; Water resources; Water quality; Wastes and climate change adaptation; Water resource engineering; Water resources; Watershed modelling; Water supply
Colin WhitfieldCatchment hydrochemistry; Ecosystem biogeochemistry; Climate change; Acidification; Mineral weathering; Biogenic greenhouse gas emissions


Program Canadian International
Master of Water Security $10,510.00$16,605.80

The program rate for Beijing Normal University Master of Water Security is $15,000. BNU Master of Water Security international student program rate is $23,700.

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.

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% (U of S 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 honours 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

Once you begin an application, choose the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September

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 the following documents:

  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • A brief statement of intent (1-2 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.


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