Admission Requirements

  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.
  • Master's degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • a cumulative weighted average of at least a 75% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of full-time study (e.g. 60 credit units)

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

Degree Requirements

Students who have not taken courses at the Master’s level that represent an adequate introduction
for the PhD program will be required to take course work required by the Master of Science program. These courses will be identified for the student when they are recommended for admission. Identified M.Sc. courses will be in addition to the regular Ph.D. course load, and may be followed by a qualifying examination to ensure that the student is ready to be considered 'fully qualified'. 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

A minimum of 12 credit units, including the following:

  • CHEP 817.3
  • 6 credit units of elective graduate-level courses
  • An advanced research methods course, i.e. quantitative (e.g. CHEP 801, 806, 808 or equivalent) or qualitative (e.g. CHEP 818 or equivalent).
  • CHEP 990.0
  • CHEP 996.0
  • doctoral candidacy assessment
  • dissertation defense
  • residency requirement: Ph.D. students are required to live locally until core program requirements have been met, including advisory committee approval of pre-proposal, completion of required courses, and completion of the candidacy assessment