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UNB Fredericton

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Candidates for the PhD degree normally hold a master’s degree in geomatics engineering. For some research fields, consideration will be given to applicants whose previous degrees are not in geomatics engineering, but in appropriately related disciplines such as geology, physics, civil engineering, urban planning, geography, computer science, oceanography, and law. 

The PhD is a research degree for which a dissertation on original research is required. Completion of four graduate-level courses in the area of the selected major, two courses in the area of a selected minor, and two seminar papers and presentations are also required. Following acceptance, a program of study is laid down by an appropriate supervisory committee for each candidate. The degree is intended to be completed within 12 academic terms. A faculty supervisor is required to be accepted into this program, but no prior arrangement is necessary to apply.

PhD degree requirements

Entry terms: September, January, May

Normal duration: 36-48 months 

Coursework required: 12 credit hours - 6000 level courses in selected Major • 6 credit hours - 6000 level courses (or alternate level courses as approved by supervisor) in selected Minor • 3 credit hours - Research Methods • 3 credit hours - Graduate Seminar (two written submissions and two oral presentations)

Other requirements: PhD Research proposal defence • Dissertation • PhD Dissertation oral defence 

Residency: 6 terms

Time limit: 72 months (full-time) • Undefined (part-time)

Minimum GPA to be maintained: 3.7/A- average

A cumulative GPA less than the minimum requirement, or grades with a D or F, are considered unsatisfactory, and the student will normally be required to withdraw from the program or be placed on academic probation.

See the checklist of PhD degree requirements.

PhD admission requirements

Education: Applicants should hold a Master’s degree in Geomatics Engineering, or have related experience.

Minimum GPA: 3.0/4.3, or B Average (the equivalent of 70%)

Language proficiency: International applicants whose first language is not English must submit language scores that meet or exceed International English Language Testing System (ILETS) band 7 and/or a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 92.

Supervisor: A supervisor is required before being accepted into the program; however, it is not necessary to arrange this prior to submitting an application.

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