The Master of Water Security (M.W.S.) is an interdisciplinary project‐based program that focuses on a holistic approach to water security.

Admission Requirements


  • a four-year degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study, OR a three-year first cycle undergraduate degree, in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study, from an institution that meets the criteria set forth in the Bologna Declaration, will be acceptable as the equivalent of an undergraduate degree.
  • a minimum cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g., 60 credit units)
  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English. A minimum overall TOEFL score of 86, a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5, or another approved test as outlined by the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. [Note: These are minimum language proficiency requirements; however, stronger scores are generally expected for successful entry into the MWS program.]
  • Students must have completed a course at the undergraduate level (100-level or equivalent) in both mathematics and statistics with at least 70% (USask grade system equivalent).
  • A completed online application, the application fee, and all supporting application documents including
    • Statement of Intent: Applicants must provide a written Statement of Intent (1000-word maximum) describing why they want to join the program and how their expertise, work and/or volunteer experience make them an ideal candidate for the program. This statement is a key component in adjudicating each applicant’s suitability for the program.
    • Letters of reference: Applicants will need to provide three letters of reference—either academic or professional letters. In their letters of reference, all referees should speak to the applicant’s ability for success in a graduate program.
    • Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae: Applicants must include all post-secondary education, work experiences, and any publications, presentations, and awards.

Probationary Admission: Applicants whose qualifications do not meet the minimum requirements listed above or whose academic qualifications are difficult to assess may be admitted on a probationary status to the program. Applicants in this category may, in some situations, be required to take one or more preparatory courses to improve their qualifications. In this case, they will be required to pay additional fees. The student’s probationary status will be reviewed after a specified amount of academic work is completed. If progress is satisfactory, the Program Director or Graduate Chair will recommend to CGPS that the student be considered fully qualified. Students who do not achieve the probationary conditions may withdraw voluntarily or, failing this, will be required to discontinue. In certain exceptional situations, the academic unit may extend the probationary period with a new set of conditions, agreed to by the student and by CGPS.

Degree Requirements

  • GPS 960.0
  • GPS 961.0, if research involves human subjects
  • GPS 962.0, if research involves animal subjects

Students must complete a total of 36 credit units, as follows:

  • ENVS 805.3
  • ENVS 806.3
  • ENVS 815.3
  • ENVS 816.3
  • ENVS 817.3
  • ENVS 819.3
  • ENVS 820.3
  • ENVS 821.3
  • ENVS 829.3 or ENVS 824.3
  • ENVS 990.0
  • ENVS 992.6
  • JSGS 870.3