Program information

In addition to the information on this page, please review the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Vaccinology and Immunotherapeutics Program page before you apply to the program.

Offered as an MSc or PhD, the Vaccinology and Immunotherapeutics (V&I) program combines interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary academic learning with practical experience under the mentorship of a team of experts focused on three main streams:

  • Scientific Bases – Understanding the basic biology of vaccine/immunologics development.
  • Design and Production – Manufacturing and development of vaccines.
  • Social and Public Health Issues – Researching the complex social, health care, legal and ethical issues related to vaccination and the use of immunotherapeutics.

Students have access to a diverse group of faculty and world-class research centres. These facilities include the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), the Canadian Light Source (CLS), the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) and the International Vaccine Centre (InterVac). In addition, students can learn from the wealth of industry knowledge available at Innovation Place – one of the most successful university-related research parks in North America.

Admission requirements

MSc

  • 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 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

PhD

  • A Master’s degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university in a relevant academic discipline 
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 80% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

PhD - direct entry

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.

  • 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% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Tuition

Thesis or project based program

Graduate students in a thesis or project based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program.

TermCanadianInternational
September 1 - December 31, 2016 $1300.00 $1950.00
January 1 - April 30, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
May 1 - August 31, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
Total per academic year$3900.00$5850.00

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.

Click here for information about funding. 

Application process

Find a supervisor

Find a potential research supervisor from the list on the College of Graduate Studies and Research program page. Read about the work each supervisor is currently doing and, if you think you'd like to work with them, contact them and describe your research interests and past academic experience. If they are accepting students, they will instruct you to begin a formal application.

Submit an online application

Applications are accepted year round. Students may begin their program in January, May or September each year.

Contact us

For further information on the Vaccinology and Immunotherapeutics program, please contact:

thesis.admissions@usask.ca