Graduate Students

Welcome Graduates

The Department of Indigenous Studies offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. These programs provide the opportunity to engage extensively in Indigenous Studies scholarship and work with nationally- and internationally-renowned scholars.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Master’s Degree

  1. A four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  2. 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)
  3. Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research
  4. Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

PhD Degree

  1. A Master’s degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  2. A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the Master’s degree
  3. Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research
  4. Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Degree Requirements

Master’s Degree

A minimum of 18 credit units in course work, which must include the following credit and non-credit courses:

  • INDG 802.3 Applied Indigenous Studies Research Methods
  • INDG 803.3 Theoretical Issues in Indigenous Studies
  • INDG 990.0 Seminar  (for one year)
  • INDG 994.0 MA Thesis Research – Masters students must maintain continuous registration in the 994 course
  • GSR 960.0 Introduction to Ethics and Integrity
  • GSR 961.0 Ethics and Integrity in Human Research (if applicable)

PhD Degree

A minimum of 12 credit units in course work, which must include the following credit and non-credit courses:

  • INDG 802.3 Applied Indigenous Studies Research Methods
  • INDG 803.3 Theoretical Issues in Indigenous Studies
  • A minimum of 3 credit units in one of the following areas:
    • Governance
    • Development
    • Gender
    • History, Language, Culture
  • 3 credit units in INDG or another discipline as approved by the student’s advisory committee
  • INDG 990.0 Seminar  (for one year)
  • INDG 996.0 PhD Thesis Research - Doctoral students must maintain continuous registration in the 996 course
  • GSR 960.0 Introduction to Ethics and Integrity
  • GSR 961.0 Ethics and Integrity in Human Research (if applicable)

Qualifying Exam (if applicable)

Language Requirement (contact Department for details)

Application Process

Applications are due by January 15 for programs beginning the following September.

1) Complete the online application on the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website at http://grad.usask.ca/

You will need to have ready:

  • The names and email addresses of your referees
  • Your educational history from all post-secondary institutions you have attended. Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions a student has attended will be required.
  • Visa or MasterCard for online payment of $90 application fee. This payment is non-refundable and processing of an application will not be done prior to the payment being received.

2) Once the $90 application fee has been paid you will be able to upload your application package containing the following:

  • A writing sample
  • Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended
  • A two-page proposal outlining:
    • Your proposed area of research;
    • A summary of your research plan;
    • The Indigenous Studies faculty member that you would like to supervise your project and the reasons why you want them as a supervisor;
    • Other potential committee members in the Department of Indigenous Studies or at the University of Saskatchewan;
    • Graduate courses that you plan to enroll in; and,
    • Financial support secured and/or applied for.

Graduate Chair

Dr. Robert Innes
Graduate Chair
Department of Indigenous Studies
130 Kirk Hall, 117 Science Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon SK  S7N 5C8
306-966-2197