FAQS: Current Graduate Students

If you are a current graduate student at USask Engineering and do not see your question answered below, please email engrgrad.support@usask.ca

You will determine your courses after discussion with your supervisor.

Registration for ENG 990 and your research classes is done online through PAWS. Departmental approval (override) is required for any other graduate courses. You may make that request on the JIRA system.

You must take:

• Laboratory Safety

• Safety Orientation for Employees

• Safety Orientation for Supervisors

• WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System)

Grad students are required to enroll in their ENG 990 seminar class every Fall and Winter term. The seminars are not held during the Spring and Summer terms.

Doctoral students are required to present twice and MSc students are required to present once during their program. MEng students are required to attend but are not required to present.

The University of Saskatchewan offers several supports for graduate students. The College of Engineering is proud to have a Student Support and Outreach Coordinator, Jamie Gegner, available in the college. Use the online scheduling tool to book an online or in-person appointment with her. 

You may find supports through other offices on campus too.

Please contact the Graduate Community Commons by emailing engrgrad.support@usask.ca

Log in to PAWS, go to the Academics section and find the My Records link. You will see the Proof of Enrolment heading, which has further instructions about making this request.

Your first committee meeting should take place within the first year of your program. It is recommended to have at least one committee meeting every year. 

The College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS) provides extensive resources on drafting and formatting your thesis, plus much more! 

The timeline to schedule your defence will depend on the review and suggestions of your Graduate Advisory Committee (GAC) but can range from three-to-six weeks or more after the committee has approved your thesis. The amount of time for each graduate student’s defence process is determined case-by-case.

Doctoral:  6 years

MSc:  4 years

MEng:  2 years

PGD:  1 year

Please discuss extending the duration of your program with your supervisor.

Graduate Letters of Completion may be requested from the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS) by making a request through the JIRA system.

Please discuss program funding with your supervisor.

There are a variety of supports available to grad students. Please contact engr.gradawards@usask.ca to learn about awards specifically for USask Engineering graduate students. 

Each department office in the college also advertises Teaching Assistant (TA) positions that are available to graduate students. 

The College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS) also offers funding options. You may also be interested in reviewing scholarship opportunities. 

If you are eligible to receive a pro-rated tuition rebate, a graduate programs advisor will initiate this process on your behalf only after receiving confirmation that all degree requirements have been satisfied and the final ETD (electronic thesis/ dissertation) corrections have been approved by the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS).

Once a refund is processed, it can be credited to your student account. Please note that the tuition rebate policy applies only to students in thesis-based programs. In order to receive all money refunded, please fill out the Request for Refund form through the JIRA system.