Dean's Office

Dean's Message

Welcome to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) at the University of Regina.

As a prospective or current student, you are joining a dedicated community of over 2,000 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and academics in more than 80 graduate programs generating meaningful, high-impact scholarship.

The mission of FGSR is focused on rigorous advanced study that serves to preserve, extend and disseminate knowledge in the pure, applied and multidisciplinary realms. We seek to develop scholars whose research is relevant to all sectors in Saskatchewan, Canada and the global community. The extensive array of graduate programming ranges from research-intensive, thesis-based degrees to professional and course-based offerings.

Our holistic approach to graduate education through URGradExperience offers student-centred experiences in an academically nurturing environment that supports both the research and career goals of our graduates. Like the University of Regina itself, we are deeply committed to innovation, inclusion, Indigenization, internationalism and student success. 

FGSR delivers a slew of services and supports prioritizing professional development, experiential learning, resilience, mentorship, and life-long educational opportunities for graduate students. Our team remains committed to your success and welcomes your inquiries.

I wish you the very best in your academic studies as we help you realize your personal, professional and educational dreams.

Aziz Douai, PhD

Dr. Aziz Douai holds a PhD in Mass Communications from Pennsylvania State University, a Master’s of Science in Advertising from Boston University, and has lectured on global communication issues in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Dr. Douai maintains an active research agenda focused on disruptive communication technologies, international communication and conflict, with a special interest in the MENA media and politics. He is the author of Arab media and the politics of terrorism: Unbecoming news (Peter Lang, 2020), and co-editor of Mediated identities and new journalism in the Arab World: Mapping the “Arab Spring (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), and New media influence on social and political change in Africa (IGI Global, 2013). He has published more than 50 journal articles and book chapters dealing with Arab media, political conflict, and other global communication issues.

Dr. Douai is a Founding Member of the Center on Hate, Bias and Extremism, a Senior Research Affiliate at the Canadian Research Network for Terrorism, Security and Society, and a member of the Digital Life Institute. He served as grant reviewer and Chair of the Multi-disciplinary Committee-Social Sciences at the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) between 2017-2020. A recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, SSHRC and international competitive research grants, he highly appreciates the importance of research funding to graduate student success.

FGSR Commitments

Professional Skills Development

FGSR co-ordinates and connects graduate students and postdocs to an array of professional skill development opportunities focused on: Effective Communication, Entrepreneurship and Leadership, Enhanced Teaching and Mentorship and Wellness and EDI competencies.

Inclusive Programming

FGSR respectfully acknowledges that the University of Regina campuses are located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 Territories. Indigenous culture and knowledge are part of our community as we build a culture welcoming of our diverse student body. Our graduate programming fosters a culture of inclusion and diversity with zero tolerance for discrimination and racism.

Experiential Opportunities

Hands-on training provides a built-in advantage in a competitive job market and helps bolster graduates’ career confidence. The U of R has a proud and established history of work-integrated learning success through co-op educational opportunities and field experiences that prepare graduate students for life and work.

Global Engagement
FGSR commits to providing graduate students and postdocs with diverse experiences to develop global citizenship values and intercultural understanding. Collaborative programs offer graduate students the opportunity for mobility to study and work with numerous international partner institutions.


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