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Graduate Chair: Dr. Dirk Morrison

Graduate Secretary: Leah Johnson

Phone: (306) 966-2171

Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
University of Saskatchewan
Room 180 College Building
107 Administration Place
Saskatoon SK CAN S7N 5A2

Interdisciplinary Studies

The College of Graduate Studies and Research encourages re-alignment of traditional disciplines into new patterns, crossing department and college boundaries where this will foster new areas of learning. To facilitate this, the College of Graduate Studies and Research provides opportunities for students to develop individual interdisciplinary programs leading to the M.A., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees.

The individual interdisciplinary graduate program is administered by the College of Graduate Studies through the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee. Students in interdisciplinary graduate programs are not restricted by traditional academic boundaries.

Students interested in graduate interdisciplinary programs are advised to consult with the Chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee for information on program requirements and on the procedure to be followed in developing their program proposal.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

All students must complete the online application form, available on the Interdisciplinary Studies Program website.

 All applications must include the following documents:

  • Cover Page - applicant name; proposal Title; Date; Theme Area (only applicable if program is in a Theme area).
  • Table of contents - as listed on the website (http://www.usask.ca/cgsr/interd/apply/requirements.php)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official transcripts
  • Language test results (if required)
  • Research Statement (maximum two pages)
  • Three References - submitted through the online application

In addition,the interdisciplinary application requirements includes several other supporting documents and appendices. The student is responsible for developing the program proposal and providing all documentation outlining the specific details of the program proposal. For a complete list and description of each please check the Checklist on the Interdisciplinary website. 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Students must submit their applications at least three months prior to the start of the academic term in which they wish to begin. The following deadlines are in effect.

  • Students wishing to start their program in September must submit their final application by May 1.
  • Students wishing to start their program in January must submit their final application by September 30.
  • Students wishing to start their program in May must submit their final application by December 31.
Students wishing to be considered for scholarship, regardless of the term in which they intend to start their program, need to have their application for admission accepted to the U of S by March 15Further information regarding scholarships is available here.

FUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIPS

CGSR Awards Database: Search here for the most up to date information on awards plus externally administered awards that a graduate student may qualify for: http://grad.usask.ca/awards/index.html

Dean's Scholarship Program: These awards will be offered to students who have outstanding academic records, show research promise and are registering for the first time in a thesis or dissertation-based graduate program at the University of Saskatchewan. www.usask.ca/cgsr/financial_aid/Deans-Scholarship-Program.php

Graduate Teaching Assistantships: GTA holders provide service in the form of demonstrating, instructing, marking, etc. GTA offers are made by departments and colleges in which graduate programs are offered.

Graduate Teaching Fellowships: GTF holders provide service in the form of demonstrating, leading tutorials, teaching, marking, etc. up to 12 hours per week for the September to April period. GTF awards are allocated by departments and colleges in which graduate programs are offered.

M.A. +

The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program is highly individualized. Students in this program are not restricted by traditional academic boundaries. To be considered "interdisciplinary", individual programs will integrate course work and research into a concise program that crosses two or more disciplines and that is not available within the traditional academic setting. The completed program proposal will be reviewed by the Chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee, and if acceptable, will be submitted to the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee for approval.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • A four-year Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university,
  • A minimum 80% average in the last 60 credit units of academic work
  • Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL score of 80 or IELTS score of 6.0).
  • Additional information can be found in GSR 411 - Guidelines for Individual Interdisciplinary Programs.

M.Sc. +

The Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies program is highly individualized. Students in this program are not restricted by traditional academic boundaries. To be considered "interdisciplinary", individual programs will integrate course work and research into a concise program that crosses two or more disciplines, with one being in a science field. The completed program proposal will be reviewed by the Chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee, and if acceptable, will be submitted to the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee for approval.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • A four-year Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university,
  • A minimum 80% average in the last 60 credit units of academic work
  • Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL score of 80 or IELTS score of 6.0).
  • Additional information can be found in GSR 411 - Guidelines for Individual Interdisciplinary Programs.

Ph.D. +

The Doctorate program in Interdisciplinary Studies program is highly individualized. Students in this program are not restricted by traditional academic boundaries. To be considered "interdisciplinary", individual programs will integrate course work and research into a concise program that crosses two or more disciplines. The completed program proposal will be reviewed by the Chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee, and if acceptable, will be submitted to the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee for approval.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • A four-year Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree from a recognized university,
  • A minimum 80% average in the last 60 credit units of academic work
  • Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL score of 80 or IELTS score of 6.0).
  • Additional information can be found in GSR 411 - Guidelines for Individual Interdisciplinary Programs.