Deadline for international applicants: January 31, 2020
Deadline for domestic applicants: April 30, 2020
Deadline for BNU applicants: April 12, 2020

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

One of the highlights of the MWS Program is the ENVS 806 Field Course. Combining a field experience at Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve with a team-oriented sustainability assessment, this course will provide hands-on training in a variety of practical skills and techniques in ecological hydrological and social sciences related to rural communities and agro-ecosystems. Students should be prepared to work in the outdoors.

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

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 (U of S Campus) $10,510.00$16,605.80
Master of Water Security (Beijing Normal University Campus) *$23,700.00

*domestic rate is not applicable 

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 2020Spring 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. Tuition fees for the 2020-2021 academic year will be determined by the Board of Governors in March 2020.

Additional fees

ENVS 806 (Field Skills in Environment and Sustainability) has an additional fee of $400 CDN plus GST to cover the field component of the class. This fee is subject to change by year. Payable when tuition is due.

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 non-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.

Research supervisors

It is not necessary to find a potential supervisor before you begin an application. However, to learn about the research interests of our faculty, please visit our faculty profiles.

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. Your application will not be processed until payment is received. 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.

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.

Application deadlines

Domestic applicants

April 30, 2020 is the deadline for Canadian and permanent resident applicants. However, we will begin to review complete applications on a weekly basis after January 1, and we strongly recommend applying early. All Canadian and permanent residents accepted into the MWS program who apply before April 30 will be considered for a limited number of $1,500 scholarships.

International applicants

January 31, 2020 is the primary deadline for international applicants. We will begin to review complete applications on a weekly basis after January 1. All applicants accepted into the MWS program who apply before the January 31 deadline will automatically be considered for a limited number of student scholarships of $1,500 each.

Second international applicant intake

We will also reserve some openings in our professional programs for a second international applicant intake, with a March 31, 2020 deadline. Please note that students accepted in the March 31 intake will not be considered for student scholarships.

The international deadlines are only for applicants applying to study in Canada. If you are interested in pursuing the MWS program at Beijing Normal University, apply by April 12, 2020.

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.

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