4. Minimum Entrance Requirements

The CGSR sets the minimum entrance requirements for graduate programs and for English proficiency. Entrance requirements must be formally approved for all graduate programs and must be listed in the University of Saskatchewan Catalogue.

4.1. English Proficiency Requirements

Canadian students who have completed at least three consecutive years of secondary or post-secondary education in English do not need to provide proof of language proficiency.

Applicants from outside of Canada may meet their English language proficiency requirement based on the country in which they reside, or, the university they have attended.

The College of Graduate Studies and Research will post and maintain a list of those countries from which students do not need to provide proof of English proficiency, providing they have been educated for a minimum of three consecutive full-time years at a post-secondary level in that country.

The College of Graduate Studies and Research will post and maintain a list of institutions located in non-exempt countries, from which students do not need to provide proof of English proficiency, providing they have been educated for a minimum of three consecutive full-time years at a post-secondary level at that institution. 

All other applicants must provide evidence of English proficiency, using one of the approved tests listed in Table 4.1.1 and Table 4.1.2. All tests are valid for two years after the testing date.

Table 4.1.1: Minimum levels for approved language exams

Test

Minimum  in each area

Overall score

Remedial minimum

Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Test (TOEFL IBT)

20

80

18

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

6.5

6.5

6.0

CanTEST*

4.5

4.5

4.0

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

59

59

54

* Would require evaluation of speaking skills as well

Table 4.1.2: Minimum levels for other approved, but less common language exams or courses

Test

Minimum Required Score

University Preparation 2 (U-PREP 2) from the U of S Language Center

75%

Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL)

60%

University of Regina Intensive ESL Advanced Level (ESL 050); Plus completion of Academic Writing Elective A

60%

Registration in a graduate program will not be permitted until official test results at an appropriate level have been received, with the following exceptions:

  1. Students with a remedial minimum as shown in Table 1 above, in only one area (reading, writing, speaking or listening) may fulfill their language proficiency requirement by successfully completing a designated alternative English course, such as a part-time class from the U of S Language Centre or the GSR 981, in their first term of registration. These students will be permitted to register in a maximum of 6 cu of graduate course work while completing the part-time language class.
  2. Students registered in U-PREP 2, at the U of S Language Centre may, upon recommendation of the English as a Second Language Director and approval of the CGSR, concurrently register in up to 6 credit units of graduate course work.

The following minimum English proficiency standards will apply for all applicants to the Graduate Pathways Certificate program.

Table 4.1.3: Minimum levels for approved language exams for admission into Graduate Pathways Certificate

Test Type

Minimum  in each area

Overall score

Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Test (TOEFL IBT)

15

65

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

4.5

5.0

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4.2. Postgraduate Diploma

The minimum entrance requirements for a Postgraduate Diploma are:

  • a four-year honours 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 a 65% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of full-time study (i.e. 60 credit units)
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4.3. Master's Degree

The minimum entrance requirements for a Master’s Degree are:

  • A four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study, or A three-year first cycle undergraduate degree, in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study, from an institution that meets the criteria set forth in the Bologna Declaration, will be acceptable as the equivalent of an undergraduate honours degree.
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% in the last two years of full-time study (e.g. 60 credit unit equivalent).
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research.
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4.4. Ph.D. Degree

The minimum entrance requirements for a Ph.D. Degree are:

  • A Master's degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study.
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% in the master’s degree
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and independent research.
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4.5. Direct Entry Ph.D. Degree

With the recommendation of the unit, direct entry Ph.D. admission is available to exceptionally strong students, who show great promise in terms of academic accomplishments and potential for research. The minimum requirements for admission to a Ph.D. program without completing a Master’s degree are:

  • A four-year honours 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 80% in the last two years of undergraduate study (i.e. 60 credit units of course work).
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and independent research.
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4.6. Non-Degree

Students may be admitted on a non-degree basis if they meet the minimum entrance requirements for a Postgraduate Diploma, and meet English proficiency requirements.

Admission on a non-degree basis does not ensure subsequent admission to a graduate degree program. Students accepted into a graduate degree program will only receive credit for courses taken on a non-degree basis on the recommendation of the academic unit offering that graduate degree program. No more than six (6) credit units of such courses will be accepted for credit toward a graduate degree. Granting credit for courses taken on a non-degree basis shall affect the time available for degree completion, as the start date of a degree program is the earliest date of registration in a course credited toward the degree requirements.

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4.7. Exchange Students

Students from other Universities may spend up to one year as exchange students at the U of S, under the terms of a formal exchange agreement.

Students accepted and registered as exchange students at the U of S shall maintain registration at their home institution.  Exchange students will pay tuition and fees to the University of Saskatchewan, unless otherwise specified in a relevant exchange agreement. Full or part-time status and fees will be determined by the course registration.

All exchange participants shall obtain, in advance, insurance coverage (specifically focusing on health and accident insurance) for the duration of the specific exchange.

All exchange students shall be subject to the rules and regulations of the U of S and will have the same rights and privileges as other students at the U of S. Minimum entrance requirements are:

  • The student is a registered graduate student at the home institution;
  • The student is in good standing as declared by their home institution;
  • The student has the appropriate level of English language proficiency as determined by the exchange agreement.   
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4.8. Joint/Sandwich Students

A joint student or sandwich program student occurs when a student pursues a graduate degree from another university, with a portion of their research and/or course work being completed at the U of S. The student receives only one degree from the partner university.

Joint students do not require that an approved memorandum of understanding to be in place with the student’s home institution. The student’s home institution is the degree granting institution. The U of S is where the student completes a portion of their studies for degree requirements, but it is not the degree granting university.

Applicants for a joint student program must meet the CGSR minimum academic and language proficiency requirements for admission.

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4.9. Dual Degree Students

A dual degree occurs when a student pursues graduate studies at two universities, satisfying both institution’s admission and degree requirements, and where applicable, with a project or thesis co-supervised by faculty at each institution. The student receives a degree from both universities, with a notation on the final transcript and/or parchment stating that the degree was obtained under a dual degree agreement.

Students attending the U of S in a dual degree program must follow the standard application procedures for graduate students, and must meet all of the admission requirements as set by the CGSR. back to top

4.10. Special Case Students

Academic units without established Master’s or Ph.D. programs can accept a student as a special case admission, with the permission of the Dean and the Graduate Student Academic Affairs Committee of the CGSR. The minimum entrance requirements for a student accepted as a special case admission are:

  • A master’s special case admission would require a four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study, and, a cumulative weighted average of at least 75% in the last two years of undergraduate study (i.e. 60 credit units of course work).
  • A PhD special case admission would require a Master's degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study, and, a cumulative weighted average of at least 75% in the last two years of study (i.e. coursework required in Master’s program).
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and independent research.
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