Admission Requirements

Prospective applicants to the PhD program should obtain detailed information from the School of Graduate Studies regarding admission requirements. These regulations, unless noted otherwise, will serve as the basic regulations for the Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD) program.

All candidates for the PhD program must have completed a previous degree at the graduate level, with a grade point average of at least 3.7 (or its equivalent); must have an academic background in education studies; must have completed a minimum of two years working or teaching experience or its equivalent; must submit evidence of the quality of their professional practice; and must submit evidence of their ability to conduct independent research and to write effectively in the English language.

All applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language. Such applicants should submit the results they obtain by completing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL or its equivalent) including the Test of Written English (TWE or its equivalent). The minimum proficiency levels accepted by the Faculty of Education are scores of 650 on the TOEFL (280 computer-based) and 5.5 on the TWE.

Prospective candidates must submit a letter, with their application, outlining their research interests and the manner in which graduate study can help them fulfill their professional development goals.

All applications to the PhD program are assessed on a competitive basis. Satisfaction of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

In the ensuing description an "applicant" is an individual who has applied or who plans to apply to the program of doctoral studies in the Faculty of Education; and a "candidate" is an individual who has already been accepted into the program.

For complete information please read the following information: Doctoral Studies in Education General Information

Qualifying Research Paper (QRP)

The QRP is an independent research study. Doctoral applicants who hold a master's degree based on coursework must complete or show evidence of having completed an independent research study in lieu of a thesis prior to admittance to the PhD programme. The QRP should clearly demonstrate the applicant's potential for undertaking the advanced research activity of the doctoral programme.

The applicant assumes complete responsibility for the study, including identification of a research problem, project design, as well as collection, analysis, and interpretation of data.