Information for current graduate students. If you are a prospective or incoming graduate student, please refer to the prospective students site.

Managing your graduate program

There is not a one-size-fits-all approach which will work for all graduate students as USask transitions back to campus.

Faculty and staff in each academic unit should endeavor to provide mechanisms for graduate students to continue making academic progress. Where progress is temporarily not possible and where the Graduate Chair supports a request for a leave of absence, CGPS will be supportive of a leave of absence.

Students wishing to pursue a leave of absence should discuss with their academic unit prior to submitting a leave of absence request to CGPS.

A leave of absence can be requested using the Graduate Student Leave of Absence form in Jira Service Desk.

Extensions to time in program

The CGPS remains flexible and supportive in cases where graduate students and their academic program leaders request extensions.

It is important to discuss with your supervisor (or Graduate Chair, if you do not have a supervisor) before preparing a request for extension to time in program. Guidance and instructions for submitting a request for extension to time in program can be found here.

Safe resumption of on-campus graduate student activities

Graduate students are asked to contact their thesis and project supervisors to discuss and seek support for a safe return to campus. If you are unable to reach your supervisor, contact the graduate chair or department head in your academic unit to ask for guidance.

Supervisory committee meetings

Committee meetings should continue to be held as appropriate to track and guide student progress, and ensure students are receiving the feedback and guidance to successfully make progress. Committee meetings may be held remotely using web conferencing software.

Graduate courses

If you are experiencing reduced course offerings in your discipline for the coming term, and want to explore additional course options to continue making progress in your studies, you may want to explore taking advantage of the Western Deans Agreement (WDA) or Saskatchewan Universities Graduate Agreement (SUGA). These are graduate-level agreements which allow you to take courses from other Western Canadian institutions, while remaining registered and paying tuition at USask.

Courses taken using these agreements must be approved as a part of your program of studies by your supervisory committee (if applicable) and graduate chair. Courses must also align with the requirements of your graduate program, as either an acceptable elective, or an equivalent to a specific course. Students and faculty looking for guidance about using these agreements can contact CGPS via the general request form on the CGPS help desk. (NSID login required)

Thesis defences

Academic units will vary in their ability to easily accommodate remote defences. Students and faculty should collaborate with resources in their academic unit to assess if this option continues to be a possibility. Academic units will need to ensure that the resources used to support these remote defences are robust and sufficient for the purpose.

See our guidelines and tips for a successful remote defence.

Although remote defences remain highly advisable given our current local context, blended or in-person defences will once again be possible depending on the comfort level of committee members and students. Where appropriate, academic units can again begin scheduling blended (where one or more participants are on campus) or in-person defences. External examiners will continue to participate virtually regardless of the defence format.

Questions or concerns on this matter can be directed through the CGPS Service Desk for support.