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Department of Chemistry

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Graduate Chair: Robert Scott

Graduate Secretary: chem.grad.program@usask.ca

Department of Chemistry
University of Saskatchewan
110 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5C9
CANADA

Phone: (306) 966-4654

 

Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry offers research intensive graduate programs leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in all of the major sub-disciplinary areas in chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, theoretical). Graduate programs are tailored to the individual student and feature a strong interaction with faculty.

Our graduate program emphasizes research and independent learning relative to course work and is structured to encourage independent thinking and the development of problem solving skills. A significant aspect of our program is the chemistry core course (CHEM 801.6 or “Modern Aspects of Chemistry”). The core course is offered in the fall term in a modular format. It is based on the sub-disciplines of chemistry and encompasses both experimental and theoretical approaches. This course provides incoming graduate students with a modern review of the 'core' material in chemistry, with an emphasis on the integration of knowledge.

To promote research, the department maintains close ties with other science and engineering departments, the National Research Council, and other government institutions on campus. 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

The deadline for applications to the term beginning in September is January 1 for International applicants, and May 15 for Canadian applicants. Applications received after these dates may not receive equal consideration for the desired admission term.

FUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Financial support provided to graduate students is generally from a combination of sources. All students in the same program receive the same minimum level of support regardless of the source of the funding, i.e. TA, RA, and scholarships. Teaching Assistantship (TA): The teaching assistantship duties are primarily in the undergraduate laboratories. Only those students who have accepted an offer and arrive by the date given in their offer letter (generally last week of August) are eligible for TA support for that year. Renewal of support depends on a student’s satisfactory academic and research progress, a positive assessment of teaching performance, and length of time in the graduate program. Support as a TA is limited to 2 years for an M.Sc. student and 4.67 years for a Ph.D. student.

Scholarship: The Graduate Affairs Committee makes recommendations regarding the graduate scholarship, which forms a component of the stipend.

Research Assistantship (RA): The research supervisor provides additional funding in the form of a research assistantship to bring the level of support to a value commensurate with graduate student stipends at other major Canadian universities. Renewal of support depends on a student’s satisfactory academic and research progress.

M.Sc. +

All M.Sc. students must enrol in CHEM 994, the course designation of the thesis research. They will work with a faculty member or members on an independent research project, which is generally part of the faculty member’s ongoing research program. Most students will have chosen a supervisor before beginning the graduate program.

An advisory committee will be appointed to provide guidance and evaluate progress of research through a series of regularly scheduled meetings. Students are expected to maintain an average grade of 75% and with no class below 60%, and to participate in the departmental teaching assistant program for 2 years. 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Four-year Bachelor of Science in Chemistry or a related discipline.
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 75% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study.
  • International applicants must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college

Ph.D. +

All Ph.D. students must enrol in CHEM 996, the course designation of the thesis research. The student will work with a faculty member or members on an independent research project which is generally part of the faculty member’s ongoing research program. Most students will have chosen a supervisor before beginning the graduate program.

An advisory committee will be appointed to provide guidance and evaluate progress of research through a series of regularly scheduled meetings. Students are expected to maintain an average grade of 75% and with no class below 70%, and to participate in the departmental teaching assistant program for 5 years.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Master’s degree in Chemistry or a closely related discipline with appropriate standing from a recognized University
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 75% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study.
  • International applicants must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college