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.
Once prospective students have completed an online application, they will need to upload 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
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
- This statement should outline the source for the project funding, and provide information regarding the student’s financial support. A detailed outline of the support and duration are required. Signatures from both the student and supervisor are required.
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 twice 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 2 Research Advisory Committee meetings per academic year. 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 during the Fall and Winter sessions of the first two years of their program. Upon completion, students will have registered in four terms of HSC 990.
Attendance of all 12 seminars presented throughout the year is expected, however, there is a mandatory minimum attendance of 10 seminars per academic year. Students who do not meet the required minimum attendance may experience negative repercussions related to program progress, scholarship applications, and coursework.
Students are encouraged to continue attending seminars that interest them beyond the years that they are registered in the course.