"SENS has opened up an enormous amount of opportunities for me that I didn't believe possible. I've been able to share my research at international conferences; organize local expert panels; lead an entire conference on my topic; work alongside industry to move the dial on our energy transition; and much more.
The faculty, students, and staff at SENS are collaborative and energized to the goal of moving sustainability into action. SENS is there to support you in your graduate studies journey. My advice for new students—don’t follow the beaten path and allow yourself to be open to all the wonderful experiences that SENS has to offer."
-Martin Boucher, PhD Candidate. His research focuses on renewable energy in micro-grid communities in the circumpolar north. While at the U of S, he has received a Queen Elizabeth II scholarship, SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, Graduate Teaching Fellowship, the Nexen Scholarship in Energy, Environment and Sustainability and a Peter MacKinnon Fellowship. He holds an MA in integrated studies from Athabasca University and Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo.
This dissertation-based degree is for students who want an advanced education in researching 21st century sustainability challenges. Our PhD students attain a deep understanding of sustainability concepts while designing and implementing their own original research. These interdisciplinary scholars demonstrate excellence in their fields of study and are ready to become leaders in academia, industry, non-profit organizations and the public sector.
PhD students collaborate with outstanding faculty members from a variety of backgrounds, including hydrology, economics, sociology, geography, political science, biology, engineering, toxicology and education. Our large and diverse community of core, associate and adjunct faculty allows our students to find the right supervisor for their research interests.
Interdisciplinarity at SENS
SENS faculty work jointly, but from disciplinary and specific fields, to collaborate and integrate the analytical strength of two or more disciplines to address common problems. Our version of interdisciplinarity is primarily methodological and charismatic. Similar disciplines and fields of study (e.g. water sciences, toxicology/biology, social sciences) tend to work together in highly organized projects. We also have individuals leading projects across a broad range of fields of study in more loosely organized domains. SENS faculty believe that by practicing this type of interdisciplinarity they learn new methodologies, integrate concepts from other disciplines, can better convey information about a problem to others, and make lasting partnerships with people outside of the U of S and the world of academia.
For course information, visit the course catalogue.
Check back often to our opportunities page to see PhD positions our faculty are actively recruiting for.
Tuition rates for the 2017-2018 thesis based programs are as follows:
- Canadian Students - $1,399 per term (Fall, Winter, Spring/Summer)
- International Students - $2,098.50 per term (Fall, Winter, Spring/Summer)
In addition, students are required to pay these applicable student fees.
Additional Fees: ENVS 806 (Field Skills in Environment and Sustainability) has an additional fee of $400 CDN plus GST to cover the field component of the class. This fee is subject to change by year. Payable when tuition is due.
Visit grad.usask.ca for more information.
The Dean's Scholarship is offered to students who have outstanding academic records, show research promise and are registering for the first time in a thesis-based graduate program. Faculty or academic units make nominations for the Dean’s Scholarships; students do not apply directly.
The program provides Doctoral Scholarships ($22,000 for up to three years) and Masters Scholarships ($18,000 for up to two years).
For more information, please visit the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Scholarships through CGPS
The College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers a broad range of scholarships to assist students. International students also have access to CGPS-administered awards.
Other graduate-level awards may be accessed through the CGPS awards database.
External Agencies and Government FundingEligible students may hold other awards, such as those provided by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Fulbright Scholar FundingThe Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program strengthens binational collaborative research and promotes thoughtful public debate on topics that reflect the broad range of contemporary issues relevant to Canada, the United States and the relationship between the two countries. American graduate students are eligible for up to $15,000 to study and/or conduct research at participating Canadian universities (including the University of Saskatchewan) for the academic year.
Student and Alumni Profiles
Badrul Masud, PhD '16, is a postdoctoral research fellow with the University of Alberta where he is working on the assessment of the dynamic water footprint in the agricultural sector and water-related risks and opportunities for beef industries in Alberta. His PhD research focused on modelling hydro-climate extremes working with Naveed Khaliq and Howard Wheater. He holds a MS from Bangladesh Agricultural University and a MEng in Agricultural Engineering from the Asian Institute of Technology.