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Department of Plant Sciences


University Catalogue


Graduate Chair: Pierre Hucl

Graduate Secretary: Carolyn Ouellet

Phone: (306) 966-4963

Department of Plant Sciences
University of Saskatchewan
51 Campus Drive
Saskatoon SK CAN   S7N 5A8

What I like most about the Plant Sciences graduate program is the diversity in the types of projects and research programs that students are involved in – from ecology to agronomy to plant breeding and genetics. Even though our department is quite large, the faculty and staff make an effort to become acquainted with new students, and the students get to know each other through coursework, labwork, and field work. The large diversity of students makes it easy to find new friendships with others who share similar interests.

Christiane Catellier
President, Plant Sciences
Graduate Student Executive

Being a graduate student in Plant Sciences is indeed a very enriching experience. The best thing about it is the diversity of the courses offered. The Ph.D. program provides extensive research options, from ecology to molecular biology, so one can easily find their niche. Being an international student, I was apprehensive about fitting in initially, but the people are welcoming and extremely supportive. All in all, a Ph.D. program in Plant Sciences provides a healthy learning experience.

Geetika Ahuja
Ph.D. Candidate

Plant Sciences

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.


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.

M.Sc. +


  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) or Bachelor of Agriculture (B.S.A.)
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% in the last two years of undergraduate study (e.g. 60 credit units of course work).
  • International applicants must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college.

Ph.D. +


  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in a related discipline, from a recognized college or university
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 80% in previous program
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and independent research.
  • International applicants must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college.