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Department of Geological Sciences


University Catalogue


Graduate Chair: Dr. Matt Lindsay

Graduate Secretary: Chantal Strachan-Crossman

Phone: (306) 966-5700

Department of Geological Sciences
University of Saskatchewan
114 Science Place
Saskatoon SK CAN S7N 5E2

Geological Sciences

The Department of Geological Sciences accommodates students interested in obtaining an M. Sc. and/or a Ph.D. The department currently enrolls 35-40 graduate students in a large variety of programs.

You will have the opportunity to work in the field as you complete your thesis and research papers, giving you valuable experiential learning experience.

Graduate students in the Department of Geological Sciences will be able to choose from the following program options:

  • geochemistry
  • geophysics
  • paleontology, paleobiology and paleobotany
  • mineralogy, petrology and ore geology
  • structural geology and tectonics
  • sedimentology and stratigraphy

The University of Saskatchewan boasts an extensive range of high-caliber facilities, including:

  • North America’s largest controlled environment facility
  • Canada’s only synchrotron – The Canadian Light Source
  • one of Canada’s leading mass spectrometry facilities
  • an advanced computing facility equipped with geographic information system (GIS) software
  • an atomic force microscopy laboratory
  • laser microscopy and digital imaging laboratory
  • gas chromatography laboratory
  • stable isotope laboratory
  • soil microbiology laboratory


Please see the College of Graduate Studies and Research admission requirements.


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M.Sc. +


  • A four-year honors degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study.
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the final two full-time years (e.g. 60 credit units) of the undergraduate program.

Ph.D. +


  • A Master's degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university in a relevant discipline.
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent).
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research.