General Information

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 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

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

Program Details

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.
  

Program Overview

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

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Contact

Health Sciences Graduate Program
Health Science Building
107 Wiggins Road
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5E5

Graduate Chair
Dr. David Cooper
ovdr.grad@usask.ca

Graduate Administrator
ovdr.grad@usask.ca