Admission Requirements

With the recommendation of the unit, direct entry Ph.D. admission is available to exceptionally strong students, who show great promise in terms of academic accomplishments and potential for research.

  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.
  • a cumulative weighted average of at least a 80% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of full-time undergraduate study (i.e. 60 credit units of course work)
  • a four-year honours, or equivalent, from a recognized university in a relevant academic discipline in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study

For more information on language proficiency requirements, see the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Academic Policies for more information.

Degree Requirements

Students must maintain continuous registration in the 996 course.

  • GPS 960.0
  • GPS 961.0, if research involves human subjects
  • GPS 962.0, if research involves animal subjects
  • APMC 990.0
  • APMC 996.0
  • Complete a minimum of 12 credit units at the 800-level
  • Pass a comprehensive examination, after completing the required course work, and prior to focusing on their research and doctoral thesis.
  • Students must successfully complete a minimum of 9 credit units of course work at the graduate level in the first year of the program.
  • Within the first year of the program, successfully complete a Ph.D. Qualifying Examination that is at least as rigorous as the defence for a Master’s thesis in the program area.
  • Write and successfully defend a thesis based on original investigation.