General Information

The Department of Anatomy, Phsyiology, & Pharmacology offers the Anatomy and Cell Biology graduate program and facilities for research training in the areas of Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Biology; Developmental Biology; Neurobiology; Functional Anatomy and Advanced Anatomical Imaging. The Master of Science (M.Sc.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees are offered. The departmental Graduate Program Committee develops policy and administers the graduate program. Immediate oversight for each student is provided by a faculty supervisor, and each student has a unique faculty Advisory Committee. Direct financial support to graduate students is derived from a variety of sources. All aspects of the program, including conferral of degrees, are ultimately governed by the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, which sets or approves the policies and procedures that departments follow.

Prospective Students

All information for students interested in the Anatomy and Cell Biology Graduate Program can be found on the admission website for the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Program Details

Program Objectives

The primary responsibility of the Anatomy and Cell Biology graduate program toward its graduate students is the provision of an environment that provides advanced training, fosters scholarly development, involves the student in current research, and develops skills in scientific communication, including teaching. A primary goal of the program is to provide an educational experience that will enable its graduates to continue training at a more advanced stage, or to obtain employment. Additionally, the program has the responsibility of ensuring that its graduates will reflect credit upon the program, the department, and on the University.

Program Overview

Our program has specializations in the following fields:

  • Molecular, cellular, and tissue biology
  • Developmental biology
  • Neurobiology
  • Functional anatomy
  • Advanced anatomical imaging

Students must maintain continuous registration in the ACB 994.0 course.

  • GPS 960.0
  • GPS 961.0 if research involves human subjects
  • GPS 962.0 if research involves animal subjects
  • ACB 990.0 seminar
  • a minimum of 9 credit units, chosen at the discretion of the student’s Research Advisory Committee
  • M.Sc. thesis defense
  • Students must maintain continuous registration in the ACB 996.0 course.
  • GPS 960.0
  • GPS 961.0 if research involves human subjects
  • GPS 962.0 if research involves animal subjects
  • ACB 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
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.
  
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 ACB 994.0 course until the transfer is successful and complete, after which they will register in the ACB 996.0 course.
  • GPS 961.0 if research involves human subjects
  • GPS 962.0 if research involves animal subjects
  • ACB 990.0 seminar
  • a minimum of 12 credit units, chosen at the discretion of the student’s Research Advisory Committee
  • Qualifying Examination
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Ph.D. thesis defense

Contact

Department of Anatomy, Physiology, and Pharmacology
Anatomy and Cell Biology Graduate Program
2D01 Health Sciences Building, 107 Wiggins Road
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E5

Graduate Chair
Dr. Nick Ovsenek
 nick.ovsenek@usask.ca

Graduate Programs Administrator
 app.grad@usask.ca