The Health Sciences Graduate Program is a unique research based program within the College of Medicine open to all departments. The areas of study encompassed by the program are extensive including, but not limited to, clinical sciences, physical therapy, and social accountability. The flexible nature of a research-based program allows students to develop a more profound respect for all aspects of the research process, and refine their professional skills for future applications.
The Health Sciences Graduate Program Accepts Applications twice a year:
Deadline to apply:
- International Students – May 1st
- Canadian Students – June 1st
Deadline to apply:
- International Students – August 1st
- Canadian Students – September 1st
Prior to being accepted as Health Sciences students all applicants must have first been accepted by a University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine Faculty Member. Students are required to contact University of Saskatchewan Faculty with research interests similar to their own to discuss the possibility of being a student under their guidance and supervision. Student applicants may email faculty with research information. Interested faculty will return the email if there are any openings for new students. The University of Saskatchewan faculty advisor must have funding for the student’s proposed project. A list of faculty members is available online.
Please note that supervisors within the College of Medicine may not accept students who qualify with the minimum entrance requirements. The applicants to all College of Medicine awards, and many external awards, must have and maintain an 80% average. This may influence a potential supervisor’s decision in accepting new students. Funding, and the ability to apply for additional funding, is an essential part of any Graduate Program.
Once prospective students have completed an online application, they will need to email the Health Sciences Graduate Coordinator with the name of their proposed supervisor. Once the Graduate Coordinator has been notified students may begin uploading the following documentation.
2. Unofficial/Preliminary Transcripts
- Please include a copy of the home university grading key/legend, typically found on the backside of the transcript.
- Please note: upon offer of admission you will be required to have official copies of your transcripts sent from their home institution to the University of Saskatchewan. More details regarding this process are outlined on the offer of admission letter.
3. Statement of Intent
- A brief essay (approximately 1-2 pages) outline research interests, academic goals, and reasons for pursuing the Health Sciences Graduate Program
4. Research Proposal
- Written in conjunction with the student’s supervisor. This should be a 3-6 page document outlining the project title, background rationale, research hypothesis, research methodology, intended study design, expected outcomes, significance and relevance of the project.
5. External References
- The student requires three external references that are not their supervisor.
- No work is required to upload these documents, as they are automatically sent to the email of the referees during the application process.
The student’s supervisor is also expected to submit the following documentation directly to the contact below for the pending application. These documents will be uploaded by the Graduate Program Coordinator.
6. Supervisor CV
- The supervisor CV may be submitted in any format. It must contain an overview of the past supervisory experience and indicate that the appropriate College of Graduate and Postdoctoral studies appointment has been acquired.
7. Supervisor Letter of Support
- This letter must outline the justification for accepting the proposed student, and provide a list of the faculty members that will act as the student’s research advisory committee (RAC). More details regarding the appropriate structure of the RAC are available from the OVDR.
8. Supervisor Statement of Financial Support
- Please fill out the Statement of Financial Commitment.
- This statement is a form which outlines the source for the project funding, and provides information regarding the student’s financial support. Signatures from both the student and supervisor are required. Any inquiries regarding the format for this submission should be directed to the coordinator.
- It is the expectation that all students enrolled in a full time research program will receive a stipend from their supervisor. All exceptions must be submitted to the coordinator, where they will be forwarded to the Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies to review prior to entering the admissions process.
Any questions regarding application documentation should be directed to us via email.
Manage your program
The following points are general reminders to maintain throughout the duration of your program. Any questions regarding your program should always be directed to your Graduate Program Coordinator:
- Review the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Policies. This document outlines the minimum standards for any Graduate Program at the University of Saskatchewan. Please note, the Health Sciences Graduate Program will have some policies in place that pertain to its students specifically.
- Maintain communication with your supervisor
- Have the Graduate Program Coordinator schedule you a research advisory committee meeting at least once a year.
- Check your degree requirements. When in doubt, contact your Graduate Program Coordinator.
- Continuously register in your respective HSC 994/966 for every term of your program, including the term in which you are planning to defend your thesis.
- If you forget to register for this course, or are late registering, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator to fill out late registration form. The cost of a late registration is $35.
- Pursue all scholarships and awards for which you are eligible. To ensure that you are on the notification list for College of Medicine specific awards, contact your Graduate Program Coordinator.
- Ensure you complete your degree before the deadline. MSc students are given five years to complete their program, and PhD students are given six. Read about program extensions and leaves of absence
- Learn as much as you can about writing your thesis and defending your thesis
- Seek academic help when necessary. Workshops and courses exist to assist with topics such as writing style, formats, professional skills, and teaching skills. Contact your Graduate Program Coordinator if you would like to strength your portfolio.
The focus of the Health Sciences Graduate Programs is Research. Therefore students are not required to complete an arduous number of courses.
- MSc in the Health Sciences program will need to complete a minimum of 9 credit units total(3 – 3 credit courses).
- PhD in the Health Sciences program will need to complete a minimum of 3 credit units total.
A student may be considered for a transfer from a Master’s Program to a PhD Program, prior to completing their second year with the approval of their supervisor, research advisory committee and The College of Graduate Studies and Research. Students transferring from a Health Sciences MSc Program to a Health Sciences PhD Program are only required to complete an additional 3 credit units, for a total of 12 credit units during their entire program of studies.
The focus of the Health Sciences Graduate Programs is Research. For information regarding courses please see the Program Catalogue.
A Research Advisory Committee is established for each graduate student and is responsible for determining the individual student’s program, monitoring academic performance and providing feedback to the research conducted. The RAC is composed of: a primary supervisor or co-supervisors and committee chair, along with additional faculty members from within or beyond the College with expertise in the area of research that the student is conducting.
MSc committee membership should be 3 as a minimum. For a PhD program, a minimum of 5 members are required. For specific research advisory committee guidelines please see section 10.1 of the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Policies Manual located on the University website.
Health Sciences Graduate Students should have at least one Research Advisory Committee meetings per academic year, which should be held in the spring. Minutes from the spring RAC meeting should be documented by the Committee Chair, and submitted via email. Regular RAC meetings are meant to ensure that each student's program of studies is on track. In general, students are expected to complete a Master’s program of study in 2 to 3 years. A PhD Program would take 4 to 6 years to complete.
In order for a student to apply to the Health Sciences Graduate Program a student must have a supervisor or co-supervisor who has their primary faculty appointment with the College of Medicine. Additionally, the chair of their RAC needs to have their primary faculty appointment with the College of Medicine. The other members of the RAC may be either internal or external to the College of Medicine.
At the first committee meeting the research advisory committee will ensure:
- Supervisor/Student Contract is complete
- Course requirements are reviewed
- Research Proposal is reviewed and committee ensures that the proposal is complete with associated timelines for milestones.
The graduate student must prepare a written report and submit is to their advisory committee members one week prior to each advisory committee meeting. At the research advisory committee meeting the student must provide a 10 – 15 minute PowerPoint presentation. The presentation is immediately followed by questions and feedback from the committee members. The frequent RAC meetings provide the student with access to a broad range of expertise and helps builds relationships with each of the faculty members who are experts in the field of study. The frequent presentations, questions and answer sessions prepare the student well for their external exam.
The Health Sciences 990 Seminar Series (HSC 990) exists to connect students and provide them access to a unique assortment of information from authentic research professionals. The series will feature topics such as career development and practical skills, ethics, clinical trials, current research and events, and methodology. The intention of each seminar is to act as a platform and initiation point for questions, discussions and debates. All individuals are welcome, and participation is encouraged. Along with the guest speaker seminars, Health Sciences graduate students will present their current research to their colleagues and peers. Such presentations provide our students the opportunity to demonstrate the diversity of the research within the Health Sciences graduate program, and expand their public speaking skills. Students are encouraged to use their presentation as practice for receiving and managing questions and feedback.
MSc students are required to make at least one presentation within the duration of their program, and PhD students at least two. Students will be contacted by the graduate coordinator to schedule their presentations, which may occur at any time within the duration of their program. No credit unit weight is associated with this course, nor does it involve assignments or examinations.
Seminars will take place between September and March of each academic year. There will be twelve scheduled seminars, with an average of two seminars per month. No seminars will occur in December or April. The seminar schedule will be released no later than August 1 for the upcoming fall session. View the detailed schedule.
Students are required to register in HSC 990 for the entire duration of their program, each Fall and Winter session.
Attendance of all 12 seminars presented throughout the year is mandatory, and attendance will be taken at each seminar. Students who do not meet the required minimum attendance may experience negative repercussions related to program progress, scholarship applications, and coursework. Any issues regarding course conflicts and absences should be directed tothe OVDR office.
It is the expectation of the College of Medicine that the amount and duration of a student’s funding has been discussed with their proposed supervisor prior to submitting their application to the Health Sciences Graduate Program. As per the admission guidelines outline by the Health Sciences Graduate Program, the details of this discussion are a required application document, and should be signed by both the student and the supervisor.
Award Types and Amounts
MSc: $18,000 total
- $8,500 awarded/ minimum $9,500 provided by student’s supervisor
PhD: $22,000 total
- $12,500 awarded/ minimum $9,500 provided by student’s supervisor
Awards will be pro-rated monthly for the one year term.
- Scholarships are only available to students entering the Health Sciences Graduate Program
- Awards are not eligible for renewal
- Supervisors will need to provide a letter of endorsement to the coordinator for their student, stating that they are willing to commit a minimum of $9,500 to top up the amount awarded if their student is chosen for this scholarship.
- As per the College of Medicine Program Policies, applicants must have an 80% average as determined by their two most recent years of study.
The Health Sciences Graduate Program Admissions Committee will pick the awardees of this scholarship based on their application documents including their CV, letters of reference, and their transcripts.All recipients of awards will be notified in writing and will be required to indicate acceptance of the award in writing. Students receiving awards who become ineligible part way through the term of the award, for any reason, must notify the coordinator immediately. Failure to continuously meet the conditions of the award will result in immediate cancellation of the award, and the repayment of any amount for which the student was ineligible. If a student completes their program requirements or discontinues their program of study, scholarship support from this fund shall cease and any unused funds shall revert to the scholarship fund.