Department of Plant Sciences
Graduate Chair: Pierre Hucl
Graduate Secretary: Carolyn Ouellet
Phone: (306) 966-5855Department of Plant SciencesUniversity of Saskatchewan51 Campus DriveSaskatoon SK CAN S7N 5A8
President, Plant Sciences
Graduate Student Executive
The Department of Plant Sciences presents a truly unique experience to students by offering research-based M.Sc.and Ph.D. programs in crop science, horticultural science, plant ecology or rangeland studies in one department. We are the only plant sciences department in Canada capable of offering such a well-rounded experience in plant studies.
The Department of Plant Sciences is housed in the state-of-the-art Agriculture Building. Located within the building are 180 research laboratories and a 30,000 sq.ft. controlled environment facility. The 25,000 sq.ft. greenhouses are located within walking distance of the building. The land base dedicated to plant research totals 1,979 ha. The newly opened Grains Innovation Quality Lab intensifies research on value added quality traits.
The Crop Development Centre is a "centre for excellence" for crop breeding, and is fully integrated into thePlant Sciences Department. Since its inception in 1971, the Centre's programs have developed over 350 crop varieties.
Standard Graduate Studies Application, and, for students whose first language is not English, proof of language proficiency is required. must provide a test score report from an approved testing centre indicating proof of English proficiency. Applicants must have:
- TOEFL- minimum score 80 iBT web-based with a minimum score of 20 in EACH of the four testing categories.
- IELTS- minimum score Band 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.5 in EACH of the four testing categories.
- U of S ESL- completion of UPREP II.
Applications are accepted on a year-round, continual basis with no application deadline. Initial enrolment will start at the beginning of term in September, January, or May.
FUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIPS
The Department of plant Sciences administers a number of scholarships. These are offered annually on the basis of a competition open to students registered in a M.Sc. or Ph.D. program in the Department who have obtained an average of at least 80% and successfully completed a minimum of one year in program.
The University of Saskatchewan also provides a limited number of graduate scholarships to qualifying students. An average of at least 80% must have been obtained in the last two years of academic work. A limited number of Graduate Teaching Fellowships are available with expectations that students will teach one course or equivalent work in the academic year.
The majority of incoming students will be offered funding through a research stipend. This stipend is intended to allow the student to pursue full-time graduate studies. However, this stipend does not constitute a tuition waiver. Funding is provided for a period of two years for a M.Sc. program, and three years for a Ph.D. program.
The Departmentt of Plant Sciences M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs prepare graduate students for exciting research or management careers with government, consulting firms, academic institutions, industry and non-government organizations. Students completing the M.Sc. degree may choose to pursue a Ph.D.
For admission and degree requirements, please see the University Catalogue.