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1. When do we accept admissions?

We only accept applications between November 1st and February 28th. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

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2. What is the start date?

The MPH Program starts mid-August with a compulsory Orientation followed by the two-week intensive Foundations for Public Health (PUBH 804) class which runs Monday to Friday all day.  Foundations is a required course.  There is no other start date for the MPH Program.

For the coming year, it is anticipated you will be in Saskatoon by August 15th for the compulsory Orientation which is scheduled on August 16 and 17, 2018 followed by the Foundations (PUBH 804) course which is scheduled from August 20 to August 31, 2018.

If you are unable to attend Orientation and Foundations, please apply for the year you are able to attend if accepted.  

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3. Is my background appropriate for this program?

It is strongly recommended that students hold a bachelor's or higher degree in health sciences, life sciences, social sciences, or business.

If you are unsure of the program requirements which will help you make a decision to apply or not apply, please review the 5 core streams of public health (https://www.usask.ca/sph/mph-program/mph.php)  and the MPH Handbook (http://www.usask.ca/sph/documents/MPH%20Handbook%20-%20July%202016%20revision.pdf)

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4. What will be requested when I apply to the program?

PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION BELOW AND ALSO ALL THE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’S) BEFORE APPLYING. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO THIS PRIOR TO APPLYING SO YOU KNOW THE INFORMATON WHICH WILL BE REQUESTED DURING THE APPLICATION PROCESS OR IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MPH PROGRAM.  THE SCHOOL WEB PAGES ALSO PROVIDE FURTHER INFORMATION.  

Due to the volume of applicants, we are unable to follow up on cases where inaccurate, incomplete or incorrect information is provided (for example, if an incorrect email address has been entered for a referee, change of referee, grading scale or key is not submitted for your transcript, etc.).  If you provide inaccurate, incomplete or incorrect information you will have to apply again.

STEP 1 BEFORE YOU APPLY ONLINE

During the application process you will be asked to provide the following:

  • $90.00 non-refundable application fee using Visa or MasterCard
  • The names and contact information of 3 referees

The University will contact your referees electronically using the email information you have provided in your application. It is critical that you contact your referees in advance to explain the process so that they can respond appropriately and also confirm your referee's availability and email address prior to submitting their contact information.

Alert your referees that an email, with the appropriate link to the reference submission pages, will be sent to them.  This email is usually sent soon after you complete your application online.

Once a reference is submitted electronically by your referee, it will be updated automatically to your check list.  If it is not checked in, it has not been received.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to follow up with the referees to ensure that their references are completed and uploaded in a timely fashion. 

Your referees must be able to speak to your employment and study experiences which relate to your interest in public health, your ability to pursue a degree in interdisciplinary public health and to your education and career aspirations in public health. 

We would encourage you to have at least one academic referee who can speak to your education experience.

  • All post-secondary transcripts and proof of degree completion (certificate/diploma or degree awarded noted on official transcript) will be required.  The transcript must include a grading key/legend. 
  • English proficiency testing score, See No. 8 for more details.
  • Letter of Interest
  1. A brief letter of interest (approximately 2 pages in length) addressed to:  Attn:  MPH Program Director. This letter should include:  A description of all employment and/or study experiences that relate to their interests in Public Health; and
    1. A description of why the applicant wants to pursue a degree in the interdisciplinary context of the School of Public Health; and
    2. A description of their education and career aspirations and how they feel the program will help meet these goals.
  • A current curriculum vitae that minimally includes the following information:
    • name and contact information
    • education and awards
    • employment
    • other relevant experience

STEP 2)  READ ALL THE FAQs

STEP 3)  REVIEW THE UPLOADING DOCUMENTS GUIDE

STEP 4)  APPLY ONLINE

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5. Which term do I apply for?

Pick “B” for the Fall Term.

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6. What documents should I submit?

Complete the Online application and pay the non-refundable application fee, upload a pdf of all post-secondary transcripts (Preliminary Statement of Marks, Additional Prelim. Statement), degree awards (Undergrad Degree Preliminary) and proof of academic English competency if required (English Proficiency Prelim), and a letter of interest and curriculum vitae.  Please see http://grad.usask.ca/programs/public-health.php#Program for details.

http://grad.usask.ca/programs/public-health.php#Applicationprocess

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7. What does "proof of degree completion mean"?

We must also receive documentation to indicate that your degree has been awarded.  Some transcripts will note this information, while other institutions will provide a separate certificate.  Upload the page from your transcript that indicates the degree has been awarded or a degree certificate.

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8. Must I write an English proficiency test?

Please review the College of Graduate Studies & Research website details for requirements and possible exemptions: http://grad.usask.ca/admissions/admission-requirements.php#Englishlanguageproficiencyrequirements

The College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies may waive the requirement of providing proof of English language proficiency.  See the details regarding this at: http://grad.usask.ca/admissions/english-countries-institutions.php#EligibilityforExemption

Please note that in order to be considered for exemption, the foreign college or university, must be listed in WHED (World Higher Education Database) as providing instruction solely in English.

For the 2018-19 cycle, the following scores are required for students who did not complete their degree in an exempt institution:

  • TOEFL - Fully Qualified:  Overall score of 86 with minimum scores of 19 in each area.
  • IELTS - Fully Qualified:  Overall score of 6.5 with no score below 6.0 in each area.

You must achieve the fully qualified score in your English proficiency results.

Please see the weblink for other acceptable English proficiency tests: http://grad.usask.ca/admissions/admission-requirements.php#Englishlanguageproficiencyrequirements

If you are offered admission, you will be required to submit your English proficiency test scores to the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. 

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9. Reference Letters

Whom should I obtain my references from?

Your referees must be able to speak to your employment and study experiences which relate to your interest in public health, your ability to pursue a degree in interdisciplinary public health and to your education and career aspirations in public health. 

We would encourage you to have at least one academic referee who can speak to your education experience.

How do I know if my referees received and submitted a reference?

Once a reference is submitted electronically by your referee, it will be updated automatically to your check in list.  It may be necessary for you to follow up with your referees to ensure that the reference is submitted by the deadline. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the referee to confirm that they received the request and submitted the reference.

Please ensure you have the correct email addresses for your referees.

Once you submit an application, your referees will be contacted very shortly by email with a link to complete their reference for you.  Sometimes the link for the reference form goes to the spam/junk folder on your referees’ email account.  Please ensure that you have:

  • Confirmed that your referee will be able to provide a reference for you.
  • Enter the correct email address for your referee.
  • Inform them when you apply, as the link will be sent to them very shortly, so they may monitor their email for receipt of the link.

Due to the volume of applicants, we are unable to follow up on cases where inaccurate, incomplete or incorrect information is provided (for example, if an incorrect email address has been entered for a referee, change of referee, grading scale or key is not submitted for your transcript, etc.).  If you provide inaccurate, incomplete or incorrect information you will have to apply again.

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10. Can I apply if I have not completed my degree?

You may apply and send your current transcripts.  If you are accepted to the program you must supply your final transcripts with degree awarded indicated.  If you are admitted prior to completing your degree, your admission is conditional until the final transcripts and degree awards are received. 

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11. How do I upload documents?

Internet Explorer is the preferred browser to use.

http://grad.usask.ca/admissions/uploading-documents.php

Please scan both sides of a transcript unless the back is blank.

Each preliminary academic transcript must be accompanied by a grading scale or key.  These are typically found either on the back of the transcript itself, or as a separate page attached to the transcript.  If this is not provided, your application cannot be reviewed. 

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12. What if I was not able to pay my application fee during the application process?

Please read “Application Fee Payment” at the following web link: http://grad.usask.ca/admissions/after-youve-applied.php#Payapplicationfee

Your application fee is checked in by a different department on campus, so you will have to keep checking online to see if it has been received.

Check Application Status: http://grad.usask.ca/admissions/after-youve-applied.php

We cannot review any application until the application fee is paid.  

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13. How do I know if my application fee has been received?

Unfortunately, we are unable to access the status of your payment because that process is handled by a separate department. 

Check Application Status: http://grad.usask.ca/admissions/after-youve-applied.php

It will show up as received in your application checklist once the payment has been processed. If your payment does not show up on your account, please contact Student Accounts.

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14. How do I check the status of my application?

Check your Application Status through the link below.  The checklist will indicate what documents have been received.

http://grad.usask.ca/admissions/after-youve-applied.php

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15. What does my "application status" mean?

Status: “Complete Ready for Review” means it will be passed to the committee to review.  You will be notified of the decision.

Decision: “Please contact the Admissions Office” means your file has been reviewed.  You will be notified of the decision.

Decision:  “Department Recommend” means the SPH is recommending you for admission.  An electronic admission letter will follow. 

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16. Who do I contact if I am having trouble accessing my application?

Forgotten WEB ID and PIN: grad.studies@usask.ca

Locked Out of account/application: grad.studies@usask.ca

Assistance with NSID and password or accessing PAWS: help.desk@usask.ca; 306-966-4817 or 1-800-966-4817, http://www.usask.ca/ict/help-support

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17. Will you preview my transcript?

No, previews of transcripts for grade conversion are not done.

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18. Should I submit my WES (World Education Services) evaluated credentials?

The University of Saskatchewan does its own assessment either at the unit level or by an International Credential Evaluator assigned to the College.  The WES evaluations would not be accepted.

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19. Is the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) required?

No.

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20. Do I need a supervisor before I can apply?

The MPH Program is course-based and you do not need a supervisor.  Once in the program, you will be assigned an Academic Advisor for the duration of your studies.

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21. Does the program have concentrations?

The MPH program offers graduate students integrated learning opportunities in the five course disciples of public health:

http://www.usask.ca/sph/mph-program/mph.php#MPHprogram

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22. How do I provide Proof of Permanent Residency?

If accepted into the program, you would show your proof of permanent residency to Student Central.

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23. Are there scholarships available for the MPH Program?

There are a limited number of scholarships available to incoming students.  Only applicants who have applied and completed their application by January 15th will be considered for these awards. 

These scholarships are awarded based on the merit of the application.  The value depends on funds available each year, the number of qualified candidates, and the excellence of the applicant. We are unable to confirm the amount.  

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24. What is the tuition fees schedule?

Tuition rates are on the MPH website: http://www.usask.ca/sph/mph-program/mph.php

The MPH Program is a professional course-based degree where students are required to complete a minimum of 45 credit units (cu)1.

  • 8 core – required courses (24 cu)

  • The Practicum (6 cu)

  • 15 credit units of elective courses (15 cu)

1See the MPH Handbook for complete details on the Program Curriculum.

https://students.usask.ca/money/tuition-fees/graduate-tuition.php

Tuition is in Canadian dollars.

For 2017/18 the tuition is $1030.30 per 3 cu for international students for the course-based MPH program.  For students who take the regular number of classes and do not have to repeat any required courses, the total tuition is $15,454.50 for 45 cu.

For 2017/18 the tuition is $686.87 per 3 cu for domestic students for the course-based MPH program.  For students who take the regular number of classes and do not have to repeat any required courses, the total tuition is $10,303.00 for 45 cu. 

Normally, courses have a weight of 3 cu.  Students pay by the number of classes they take each term. 

The tuition amount is subject to increases each year.  Additional student fees of about $1000 per calendar year are also assessed. 

Student Fees: https://students.usask.ca/money/tuition-fees/graduate-tuition.php#Studentfees

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25. Can tuition be paid in installments?

https://students.usask.ca/money/tuition-fees/pay.php#InstalmentPlan

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26. When will I hear if I am accepted?

We will begin to notify successful applicants by February 1st.

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27. How long does it take to complete the degree?

The MPH Program is designed for completion in two academic years of full time study.  Students may also choose to study part-time over a maximum of 5 years.

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28. What services are available to International Students?

The International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC) provides valuable information for international students, including Study Permit and Work Permit information.

https://students.usask.ca/international/index.php

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29. What does Conditional mean on my admission letter? 

It means that an official document(s) has yet to be submitted.

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30. Can I defer my entry?

Deferral of admission will not be granted to applicants who have been accepted into the MPH program.

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31. What do I do if I am accepted but unable to attend?

Applicants unable to attend in the year they are accepted, must reapply and provide all required documentation. 

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