About Us

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 College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan consists of five biomedical science departments, twelve clinical departments, a School of Physical Therapy, and academic divisions. To learn more about each of the areas of the College of Medicine visit the department index. The Health Sciences Graduate Program administration is based within the College of Medicine’s Office of the Vice Dean Research (OVDR).

As per all graduate programs within the University of Saskatchewan, the Health Sciences Graduate Program adheres to the policies and procedures presented by the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS). Policies and procedures specific to the Health Sciences Graduate program, outlined in the manual below, exist in addition to those enforced by CGPS.

Please see the Health Sciences Graduate Studies Manual for more details regarding the policies and procedures specific to the program. Any questions or feedback should be communicated via email.

Prospective Students

The Health Sciences Graduate Program offers one formal intake start date for the program, which coincides with the major scholarship and award deadlines for the College of Medicine:

Fall Acceptance (September start)
Deadline to apply:

  • International Students – February 1st
  • Canadian Students – February 1st

Out of Cycle Applicants:
Students who have missed the formal intake, or those who wish to start in the December or May sessions, may apply as out of cycle applicants. Students are encouraged to utilize the formal intake session to maximize funding opportunities. Out of cycle applicants must follow a unique application process initiated by their College of Medicine proposed Supervisor.

  • 3 months prior to start date: proposed Supervisor must contact OVDR office to notify the program of an out of cycle applicant
  • 2 months prior to start date: applicants must have all admission documentation submitted for processing
  • Approximately 1 month prior to start date: notify applicants of admission status

Once prospective students have secured a College of Medicine Supervisor, 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 an application and uploading the following documentation.

1. Applicant CV

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. Test of English Language Proficiency (if required)

    • Detailed information regarding the English language proficiency requirements are available on the CGPS website

5. External References

    • The student requires three external references that are not their proposed 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 OVDR 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.

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Entrance Requirements:

    • A four-year undergradaute degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college of 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 that meets the criteria set forth in the Bologna Declaration
    • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. 60 credit units)
    • Demonstrated ability for independent though, advanced study, and research
    • Language proficiency requirements: proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Entrance Requirements:

    • A Master’s degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college of university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study, OR,
    • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the Master’s degree
    • Demonstrated ability for independent though, advanced study, and research
    • Language proficiency requirements: proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

All complete Health Sciences Graduate Program applications are reviewed by the Health Sciences Graduate Program Committee. Please note that meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee entrance into the program.

Prior to beginning an online application, applicants must secure a College of Medicine faculty Supervisor in their area of research interest.  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, as are additional tips for finding and contacting a supervisor.

Please note that supervisors within the College of Medicine may choose 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 a Supervisor has agreed to supervise a potential graduate student, the student may begin an online application for admission to the Health Sciences Graduate Program. All University of Saskatchewan graduate program applications are submitted through the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Current Students

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the Health Sciences Graduate Program, it is anticipated that both M.Sc. and Ph.D. graduates will have acquired an extensive amount of knowledge, confidence, and understanding in his/her area of research. The Health Sciences Graduate Program aims to foster a student’s curiosity and desire to learn while developing critical research skills relative to their field. A graduate student in the current research climate should expect an increasing focus on interdisciplinary and collaborative efforts, both of which are important criteria required to work across disciplines in the Health Research field. At the M.Sc. Level, a student must be able to demonstrate the ability for independent thought, advanced study and research. At the Ph.D. level, a student must exhibit these desirable qualities as well as demonstrate, upon graduation, that they are capable of sustaining a research program.

Health Sciences Master’s students will complete a minimum of 9 credit units, and Doctoral students will complete a minimum of 3 credit units. Students who begin in the M.Sc. program and transfer to the Ph.D. program will be required to complete a minimum of 3 additional credit units are they successfully pass their qualifying examination (totaling a minimum of 12 credit units). Additional coursework beyond the minimum credit unit requirements is at the discretion of the student’s Research Advisory Committee (RAC).

Furthermore, students are expected to complete a number of “non-credit” requirements for their program. These non-credit requirements include, but are not limited to: HSC 990, GPS 960, GPS 961 and/or GPS 962. See below for more detailed course information.

  • Students must maintain continuous registration in the HSC 994.0 course.
  • GPS 960.0
  • GPS 961.0 if research involves human subjects
  • GPS 962.0 if research involves animal subjects
  • HSC 990.0 seminar
  • a minimum of 9 credit units, chosen at the discretion of the student’s Research Advisory Committee
  • M.Sc. thesis defense

Recommended M.Sc. Program Outline
The Health Sciences Graduate Program recommends that M.Sc. students complete their program within two years. The maximum program duration, as set by the CGPS, for a Master’s student is five years.

Year One

HSC 994, HSC 990, GPS 960, GPS 961/962 (if required), 9 additional graduate level credit units

Year Two

HSC 994, HSC 990, any outstanding credit units, research and writing

Year Three (as required)

HSC 994, HSC 990, research and writing

Year Four (as required)

HSC 994, HSC 990, research and writing

Year Five (as required)

HSC 994, HSC 990, research and writing

  • Students must maintain continuous registration in the HSC 996.0 course.
  • GPS 960.0
  • GPS 961.0 if research involves human subjects
  • GPS 962.0 if research involves animal subjects
  • HSC 990.0 seminar
  • a minimum of 3 credit units, chosen at the discretion of the student’s Research Advisory Committee
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • P.hD. thesis defense

Recommended Ph.D. Program Outline
The Health Sciences Graduate Program recommends that Ph.D. students complete their program within four years. The maximum program duration, as set by the CGPS, for a Doctoral student is six years.

Year One

HSC 996, HSC 990, GPS 960, GPS 961/962 (if required), 3 additional graduate level credit units

Year Two

HSC 996, HSC 990, comprehensive examination, and research

Year Three

HSC 996, HSC 990, research and writing

Year Four

HSC 996, HSC 990, research and writing

Year Five (as required)

HSC 996, HSC 990, research and writing

Year Six (as required)

HSC 996, HSC 990, research and writing

Transfer from a Master’s program to a Ph.D. program shall take place after the end of the first year and no later than the end of the second year in the program. Recommendation for the transfer must be initiated through a formal meeting of the student's Research Advisory Committee, which shall forward its recommendation to the Health Sciences Graduate Coordinator.

The following conditions must be met:

  1. The student shows great promise both in terms of academic accomplishments and in potential for research.
  2. The student has completed at least 9 credit units at the 800-level, and has achieved a minimum average of 80% and no grade below 70%. 
  3. There is evidence of good writing and oral communication ability.
  4. There is evidence the student has requisite research skills and knowledge to be able to successfully complete a Ph.D. dissertation.
  5. The student has successfully completed the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination prior to being recommended for transfer. This examination for the purposes of transfer can only be taken once. A student failing the Qualifying Examination or any part thereof cannot be recommended for transfer.
  • Students must maintain continuous registration in the HSC 994.0 course until the transfer is successful and complete, after which they will register in the HSC 996.0 course.
  • GPS 960.0
  • GPS 961.0 if research involves human subjects
  • GPS 962.0 if research involves animal subjects
  • HSC 990.0 seminar
  • a minimum of 12 credit units, chosen at the discretion of the student’s Research Advisory Committee
  • Qualifying Examination
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • P.hD. thesis defense

Recommended M.Sc. to Ph.D. Program Outline
The Health Sciences Graduate Program recommends that Ph.D. students complete their program within five years. The maximum program duration, as set by the CGPS, for a transfer student is six years.

Year One

HSC 994, HSC 990, GPS 960, GPS 961/962 (if required), 9 additional graduate level credit units

Year Two

HSC 994, HSC 990, qualifying examination

Year Three

HSC 996, HSC 990, 3 additional credit units, research and writing, once coursework is complete the comprehensive examination should be held

Year Four

HSC 996, HSC 990, research and writing

Year Five (as required)

HSC 996, HSC 990, research and writing

Year Six (as required)

HSC 996, HSC 990, research and writing

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 meeting 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.

The first RAC meeting should take place within the first month of the student’s program, and within the first semester at the very latest. At the first committee meeting the research advisory committee will ensure that the Program of Studies (HSC 200) form is completed and returned to the OVDR Office.

For all subsequent RAC meetings the graduate student must prepare a written report and submit is to their advisory committee members a minimum of 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 defense.

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.

Structure
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
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 to the OVDR office.

 

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.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.
    • 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.
  • You can access frequently used forms on this site
  • 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.

Funding

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.

The Health Sciences Scholarship Program exists as an entrance Scholarship for students admitted to the program who meet all College of Medicine Program Policies. These scholarships will be offered twice per year, for the September and January intake periods. Each round will award two entering students for a term of one year beginning on their program start date. All inquiries should be directed to the coordinator.

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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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.

Contact

You can contact the Grad Studies office via email.