Overview

The Health Sciences Graduate Program manages the progress for both MSc and PhD students using a Research Advisory Committee (RAC). Along with the feedback from their committees, students are encouraged to track their progress using the DegreeWorks link within their PAWS account. DegreeWorks is a resource used for tracking course and document related milestones.

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.

Core Courses & Credit Unit Requirements
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.

For information regarding courses please see the Program Catalogue.

Current Students

Core Courses & Credit Unit Requirements
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.

Prospective Students

The Health Sciences Graduate Program Accepts Applications twice a year:

Fall Acceptance
Deadline to apply:

  • International Students – May 1st
  • Canadian Students – June 1st

Winter Acceptance
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.

  • Additional tips for finding a supervisor.
  • To view the full list of admission requirements please see the Program Catalogue.
  • To apply to the Health Sciences program please click the button below.

Contact Us

You can contact the Grad Studies office via email.