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PhD of Environmental Design (PhD) Admissions

Applications are accepted September 1 through to February 1

Application Guides

For a step-by-step guide through the application process, please download the application instructions or watch the video. 

Doctor of Philosophy - Environmental Design (PhD)

Applications for the  PhD of Environmental Design program are accepted between September 1 and February 1 . All applicants admitted to the PhD program typically start in the fall term. Decisions from the selection committee will be provided by end of April. The application process is competitive, and unfortunately not all qualified applicants meeting the requirements will be admitted.

Supervision:

For our thesis programs, we can only offer admission to applicants who we can match with a supervisor, thus the importance of your statement of research interest. We don’t require applicants have a confirmed supervisor upon application, however it’s strongly recommended to reach out to any professors whose research interests match yours. You will be asked to list the names of a few professors you feel are a good fit in your online application form. 

Application Process:

  • Complete an online application form: Submit your biographical, education, and referee information. Referees will receive an automated email (with a link and instructions to complete the online reference) once your application form is submitted. You'll also be prompted to pay your application fee during this process.
  • Upload application materials to your online UCalgary Student Centre via MyUCalgary: You'll receive an email with instructions on accessing your Student Centre. This is where you can check your application status.

Refer to the  University of Calgary Calendar  and the  Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar  for further information on admissions.

Admission requirements

Minimum education.

A professional design degree from an accredited school.

A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

English Language Proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)  score of 105.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)  score of 7.5.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)   score of 62, or higher (Academic version).
  • Canadian Academic English Language test (CAEL)  score of 70 with no section less than 70.
  • Academic Communication Certificate (ACC)  score of A- in each course.
  • The minimum Duolingo test score required is 135.
  • The minimum TOEFL IBT Home Edition score required is 105.  

Application materials

Online application form.

Create an eID  to log in. If you already have an eID, you can begin your  online application . 

Once in the system, select "School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape", then select the degree. 

Remember to click 'Save & Continue' often to ensure your application is saved.

Transcripts

Once your application has been submitted, you will be required to upload unofficial transcripts from each of the post-secondary institutions you have attended. International students will also be required to include provisional and degree certificates along with your transcripts (where applicable/available). If your application is successful, final official transcripts will be requested with your offer of admission.

If admitted, you must provide one official transcript (and degree certificates from those institutions that do not indicate the awarding of degrees on the transcript) from all post-secondary institutions attended, regardless of the number of courses taken or the amount of time spent there. Transcripts and degree certificates issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by certified, word-for-word English translations.

To be considered official, all academic records must be sent directly to the University of Calgary from the institution and received in envelopes that have been sealed and endorsed by the issuing institution. If you have transcripts from multiple institutions, you may bundle the sealed and signed envelopes (unopened) in one package. Students and graduates from the University of Calgary do not have to submit official transcripts. If you attended university in another country,  review international admissions requirements .

Physical or electronic copies of your official transcripts can be submitted:

A) Send physical official transcripts to the following address: Faculty of Graduate Studies, ES 1010 University of Calgary 2500 University Drive NW Calgary, AB, Canada, T2N 1N4

B) If your post-secondary institution has the capacity to email official transcripts, they should be sent directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at  [email protected] .  These must be emailed by the school, transcripts emailed by the applicant will not be accepted.

Application Fee

The non-refundable application fee is CDN $125 for Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and CDN $145 for international students attending on a Study Permit.

If you have an art/design background, submit a PDF portfolio, with the following guidelines: 

  • 8.5" x 11" page size, maximum 25 pages 
  • First and last name on cover page 
  • Indicate your specific role on group projects  
  • Filename: Lastname_Firstname_PhD_2024.pdf 
  • Maximum file size 30 MB 

Examples of Writing

The admissions committee wants to see your writing skills! At least one example of academic or professional productivity such as a written essay, published paper, thesis, design project, consulting report. The examples of writing should be submitted in digital form (one portable document .PDF file). If there is more than one sample in the pdf document, please include a table of contents at the beginning. There is no official page number maximum, however keep in mind the admissions committee members won't have time to read hundreds of pages. Depending on if you have one example, or multiple examples, a good guideline is around five pages per document. Excerpts from bigger documents are acceptable.

Provide three referees, with names and contact information, both phone and email, in your online application. At least two should be academic. Once your online form has been submitted, referees will be provided a link via email to complete a reference. The deadline for references is one week after the application deadline - February 8.

Research Proposal

A research proposal that describes the nature of the thesis research the applicant expects to undertake. This will be used by an admissions committee as an indicator of the applicant’s ability to conduct doctoral-level research and to determine if adequate supervisory resources are available. Only if such resources are available will the student be admitted. Please note that this research statement (maximum of 1500 words) must include the following sections: Background, research questions, literature review, research methodology, and broader impacts of the proposed research. The research statement should indicate potential supervisors and/or committee members, and whether they have been contacted by the applicant. 

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The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a research-intensive degree to prepare you for a career in research and teaching. Your program includes coursework, candidacy, research and writing and defending a dissertation.

This program is offered on-campus only, full-time. You are assigned a supervisor at admission.

Completing the PhD does not qualify you to register with the ACSW unless you hold a BSW or MSW.

Admission requirements

A minimum of 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 point system, calculated on the Master of Social Work or equivalent Master’s degree.

Minimum Education

A Master of Social Work or equivalent Master’s degree from a recognized institution.

Professional experience

A minimum of two years full-time post-master's social services practice experience

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The PhD will be delivered from Calgary for fall 2024 entry

You'll complete 27 units including 12 units of elective courses relevant to your area of specialization and research focus.

Candidacy: You will complete both oral and written candidacy exams. These exams must be completed within 28 months from the start of your program.

Dissertation: You will conduct original research and prepare a written dissertation that is evaluated and orally defended before an examination committee.

Expected completion time is 4 years.

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Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology (PhD)

PhD scholars work with some of the best researchers in the world to make an impact in human movement, sport, health and wellness. For a brief glimpse of the program, see the PhD  program overview  or see the important deadlines and a checklist (PDF) of what you will need to complete a PhD. 

PhD requirements

A typical PhD program is completed within four years of full-time study, and six years maximum. You become more independent as the program progresses by demonstrating that you can design, conduct and critically report original research. A PhD should be made up of two to three individual studies that build upon previous work in complexity, scope and sophistication. You also have the opportunity to present your work at national and international conferences specific to your field of study. Funding is available to help you attend conferences. See the following steps to completing a PhD. 

Secure a supervisor

Before admission is granted, you must find a supervisor who agrees to oversee your research. Review the research interests of our faculty members. 

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Prepare a research proposal

Prepare and defend a research proposal early in the program in consultation with your supervisor and supervisory committee (the proposal is critically reviewed by the supervisory committee).

Take three half courses

Complete a minimum of three graduate level half courses with input and approval from your graduate supervisor and the supervisory committee. See the courses below. 

Complete written & oral exams

Complete your Doctoral Field of Study exam, which includes both a written and oral exam.  Areas of study and questions are established by the supervisory committee. 

Doctoral candidacy requirements (PDF)

Tips to succeed in the PhD program

- Gain experience in multi-disciplinary and inter-faculty training and collaboration.

- Attend seminar programs and special lectures in your areas of interest. Many talented professionals speak about their work at the university. 

- Visit the office of the associate dean (graduate) for academic and career advice.

- Join in sports and social gatherings such as visiting scientist presentations, special events and occasional trips to nearby places. 

PhD courses

Required courses.

  • A PhD student must take a  minimum of three graduate-level 3 credit courses  as selected by the student and graduate supervisor.  The graduate supervisor/supervisory committee may require additional coursework in the student’s area of research.  
  • Thesis-based students may take  only one half-course at the 500-level  to meet course requirements.
  • Only  one special topics or directed study  (603/703 or 604/704) can be used to meet the course requirements.
  • Students are encouraged to take as many courses as necessary to get the basic knowledge required for their research, with the following being the minimum requirements of the training program.

NOTE :  The candidacy examination is normally held after all required coursework has been completed and the supervisory committee has approved the student’s Doctoral thesis research proposal. No further coursework may be required of a student who has successfully completed the candidacy examinations. However, a student that wishes to undertake additional coursework after a successful candidacy examination may do so.

Changing courses

To register for a course in another faculty, or to take an undergraduate course, please complete the Change of Course registration form (PDF) and do the following: 

  • Have it initialed by the course Instructor
  • Have it signed by your supervisor
  • Submit the form to the Office of the Associate Dean (Graduate) for approval. 

*Please note a student may be assessed additional tuition for any course(s) that are not at the graduate level.

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Thesis-based Student Handbook

The handbook is your 'go to' resource for a thesis-based degree, and it was created by the Graduate Office in the Faculty of Kinesiology.

Candidacy examination

The Candidacy Examination applies to doctoral students only.   The rules and procedures follow those outlined by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. You must prepare for the exam weeks in advance. To help you complete the exam, we have prepared the following guideline. 

Exam deadlines

Doctoral students who enter the program already holding a Master of Science degree must attempt this examination NO LATER THAN  28 months  after initial registration.

Students who transfer from an MSc to a PhD program must attempt this examination NO LATER THAN  36 months  after initial registration. 

Exam rules & procedures

Normally, the Candidacy Examination Committee consists of the Supervisory Committee plus two additional members selected by the supervisor and approved by the Associate Dean (Graduate) who shall ensure that no conflict of interest exists between the student or the Supervisor and the additional members of the examination committee. For more information, see Faculty of Graduate Studies  Conflict of Interest policy  .

  • The examination committee must have at least five voting examiners, however, depending on the supervisory committee membership, may exceed five.  In cases where there is a supervisor and co-supervisor, their votes count as one vote. 

The details for the form entitled Notice of Candidacy Oral Examination must be submitted to the Office of the Associate Dean (Graduate) at least  five weeks  before the scheduled date of the Oral Candidacy Examination. This includes date, time and location of the oral candidacy examination; examining committee composition and specialization of student’s research.

  • Approval of the Notice indicates the candidate has satisfactorily completed all course work requirements and the student is sufficiently qualified to proceed with the conduct of the doctoral research, upon successfully completing the Oral Candidacy Examination.

The Candidacy Examination consists of two components: written and oral. Both the written and oral components must be found acceptable by the Candidacy Examination Committee in order to grant a passing grade.

Written exam

The Supervisor is required to meet with the student and members of the Supervisory Committee to discuss the scope of the examination approximately 90 days before the proposed date of the Oral Candidacy Examination.

At least six weeks before the scheduled Oral Candidacy Examination, the candidate should be informed as to the expected area(s) of expertise.

The Candidacy Examination Committee should meet before this time to set five written questions and to determine the relevant and appropriate knowledge base for each student .  

There are two formats for the written portion of the Examination of which the student and supervisor will select one of the options below.

  • The written examination will be a  closed book , six hour exam (2-three hour blocks) administered by the graduate supervisor, held one week prior to the date of the Candidacy Oral Examination.
  • The Written Examination will be based on questions from the Candidacy Examination Committee.  The student will choose four of the five questions  during this time period. In advance of circulation of the Written Examination, the supervisor (or student) should contact the Candidacy Examining Committee regarding their preference on how they wish to receive the Written Examination ( i.e., hard copy, or electronic version, or both). The Candidacy Examining Committee must have a minimum of one week to review the Written Examination prior to the date of the Candidacy Oral Exam. 
  • Exactly four weeks before the scheduled Oral Candidacy Examination, the five written questions should be provided to the student by the supervisor. The scope of the questions should be fairly specific so the student has the opportunity to answer, in depth, in a specific area.
  • It's recommended that one of the five questions submitted is in the form of a research problem requiring the answer to be provided in the form of a grant proposal.
  • If applicable, this should be made clear to the student when the questions are provided.
  • The student MUST prepare a written paper for four of the five examination questions and circulate these to all members of the Candidacy Examination Committee NO LATER THAN ONE WEEK before the scheduled Oral Candidacy Examination. This allows the student three weeks to prepare the four written responses.
  • Answers to each question should be typed double-spaced, in no less than 12 point font, and should not exceed 20 pages excluding references, figures and tables. The Candidacy Examining Committee must have a minimum of one week to review the Written Examination prior to the date of the Candidacy Oral Exam
  • The student will be examined by members of the Candidacy Examination Committee.
  • The four written answers provided by the student should serve as the basis around which questioning during the Oral Candidacy Examination will be structured, although questions on general knowledge in related areas may also be included.
  • Recommended that rounds of questioning be employed to give each examiner an early opportunity to question the candidate. The committee should evaluate the background knowledge of the student on specific topics in which he/she has answered questions or presented a research proposal.

*Please note, in the Faculty of Kinesiology Graduate Program, the supervisor and co-supervisor may participate in questioning, deliberating and voting during the candidacy examination.

Thesis examination

The thesis examination committee for the PhD degree shall consist of a total of five voting members including the student’s Supervisor(s), Supervisory Committee and at least two other examiners: One who is external to the Faculty of Kinesiology Graduate Program known as the “Internal” External and one who is external to the University of Calgary known as the External Examiner. There must also be a Neutral Chair, appointed by the Graduate Coordinator. Please read the following steps to complete your thesis exam. 

1. Approval of external examiner/reader

  • A minimum of  six weeks   before the proposed examination date the supervisor should provide a copy of the prospective external examiner’s current curriculum vitae to the Office of the Associate Dean (Graduate). The Graduate Coordinator will generate an approval form to be sent to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.  The designated External Examiner must be approved by the Associate Dean (Graduate) and the Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies.
  • Both the internal and external examiners normally must:
  • have well-established research reputation
  • have expertise in the area of the student’s research
  • have experience in evaluating theses at the graduate level
  • have experience in supervising to completion at the graduate level
  • not be a close personal friend of the supervisor
  • not have collaborated with supervisor in past five years
  • not be closely related to, or have worked with the candidate
  • In addition, the external examiner normally
  • must not have been a supervisor in the candidate’s graduate program in the past three years
  • must not have served as external examiner in candidate’s program in the past two years.
  • If there are any exceptions to the above your supervisor may send an email to  [email protected]  disclosing the conflict and providing rationale regarding the appropriateness of this examiner. This will be considered by the Associate Dean (Graduate) and upon recommendation to Faculty of Graduate Studies, considered by the Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies.

2. Notice of doctoral thesis oral examination

A form entitled Notice of Doctoral Thesis Oral Examination is prepared by the Office of the Associate Dean (Graduate).

Information for this form  MUST   be submitted to the Office of the Associate Dean (Graduate) at least  five weeks   before the scheduled date of the examination. Email  [email protected]  for more information.

Information required: 

  • Date, time and location of examination
  • Doctoral thesis title 
  • Specialization
  • Committee composition. Please note in cases where this is a Supervisor and Co-Supervisor, their vote counts as one vote. 

The committee composition is as follows:

  • Neutral Chairperson – Confirmed by the Office of the Associate Dean (Graduate)  (Non-Voting Member of Examining Committee) 
  • Supervisory Committee Member
  • 'Internal' External* - UofC Faculty member  outside  KNES
  • External - Outside UofC TBA 

*The Internal/External examiner is subject to the same criteria as the External Examiner.

3. Thesis submission to examining committee prior to exam

  • The thesis must be distributed by the Student and received by each examiner no less than 21 days before the oral examination date. This deadline is extremely important.
  • The 'Examiner's Report on Thesis' will be sent to the examiners after Faculty of Graduate Studies has approved the examination. This is the report on which each examiner will complete his/her written report of the thesis.
  • Students should make sure to review the processes and forms required to submit the thesis to the Faculty of Graduate Studies in electronic  Thesis Submission and Forms . 

* Please note:  students must bring the Thesis Approval Form (PDF) to their defence. 

4. Convocation requirements

  • September 15th  for November Convocation
  • January 15th  for February Conferral of Degree
  • March 31st  for June Convocation
  • Fall Fee Deadline  (approximately September 30th) for November Convocation
  • Winter Fee Deadline  (approximately January 27) for February Conferral of Degree
  • End of Winter Term  (approximately April 30) for June Convocation

The above deadlines are subject to change and can be confirmed on the  graduate calendar .

*Please leave yourself enough time to get the signatures you will need to graduate. The Thesis Approval form must be signed by the entire examining committee, and the Notice of Completion form must be signed by the supervisor and the associate dean, graduate.  

5. Complete program requirements by deadline to avoid paying fees

So you do not pay fees for the next term, all program requirements must be completed by the next term's registration deadline. This includes defending, revisions and submitting required paperwork to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Review important candidacy exam requirements.

Program fees & funding

See the Graduate Calendar for tuition and fees, and check out Kinesiology awards and scholarships to fund your education. 

Graduate office

The Kinesiology graduate advisor can provide advice about programs, admissions, research, funding and more. 

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

January 2025 Admission

Applications open June 1 - September 1

Supporting documentation must be received by September 15 to be considered complete.

Please contact the Nursing Advising Office prior to applying to meet with a Program Specialist

Pursue your PhD with us

The PhD program in the Faculty of Nursing develops nurse scientists who are expert clinical scholars equipped to provide leadership in nursing practice, research and education.

The degree is designed to educate professionals for excellence in nursing scholarship through original research. Our thesis-based degree offers opportunities to become research-intensive, gain core disciplinary knowledge and develop expertise within a substantive field.

Before applying, candidates are required to seek out members of our award-winning faculty who they believe would be a good “fit” with their research plans.

The University of Calgary is committed to helping new PhD students obtain funding support through awards, faculty research programs, teaching assistantships, and research scholarships.

Nancy Clark, PhD Student Post-Candidacy, UCalgary Nursing

Required Courses

  • NURS 783: Winter1 - Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
  • NURS 726: Spring - Developing a Scholarly e-Portfolio
  • NURS 744: Fall1 - Health Policy & Advocacy
  • NURS 724: Winter2 - Philosophy, Knowledge and Research in Nursing
  • NURS 721: Fall2 - Advanced Quantitative Research Methods

For more details on these courses, review the Grad Calendar.

Important Notes on Admission

Applicants interested in the Doctoral program in the Faculty of Nursing should contact the Graduate Programs Office prior to applying to meet with a Program Specialist. We encourage international applicants to reach out to learn more.

Students are responsible for identifying a supervisor prior to applying.

To review potential supervisors please visit our Faculty Research page . Once a potential supervisor has been identified, make an appointment with a Program Specialist prior to submitting your application.

Academic Requirements

  • A Master’s degree in most cases is required for admission to a doctoral program
  • Minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average
  • Scholarly work: Examples of applicant’s written work i.e. publications, research reports/proposals, master’s thesis, etc.

Successful completion of one Master’s level course in each of the following areas: 

  • Quantitative research methods
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Statistics (may be tied to a quantitative research course)

Technology Requirements  

To successfully engage in learning experiences at the University of Calgary, students taking online, remote and blended courses are required to have reliable access to the following technology:

  • A computer with a supported operating system, as well as the latest security, and malware updates.
  • A current and updated web browser. 
  • Webcam (built-in or external).
  • Microphone and speaker (built-in or external), or headset with microphone.
  • Current antivirus and/or firewall software enabled.
  • Broadband internet connection.

Documents for Application Package

Below are links to forms that need to be completed after you have submitted your online application for admission.

Applicant's Proposed Academic Plan

Arrange to meet with your proposed supervisor to discuss your academic background and proposed plan of study. Review the courses that are required for your program, plan your course progression, and complete the attached Proposed Academic Plan.

Proposed Academic Plan

Supervisor's Notice of Support

After you have submitted your online application, please ask your proposed supervisor to complete the attached Notice of Support. As well, the proposed supervisor must provide a letter in support of your application for admission to [email protected]. This letter must also include what financial support the supervisor is able to offer.

Notice of Support

Reference Request & Appraisal Form

The application for admission to the doctoral program requires three references. One from your previous supervisor from your Master’s degree (if applicable), and two academic references. 

Your referees will receive a link to the reference request form after you submit the online application.

Contact our Programs office with any questions.

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Transcripts from ALL post-secondary

This includes transcripts from the institutions where the degree was awarded, from any institution where any transfer credit was received towards a program of study, or from where any independent coursework was taken.

Official hard copy transcripts may be sent to:

Faculty of Graduate Studies MacKimmie Tower, 2nd Floor 2500 University Drive NW Calgary, Alberta, Canada  T2N 1N4

Electronic transcripts are now being accepted, please forward to :

FGS & Nursing

Funding

Fees & Funding

Achieve funding support through awards, faculty research programs, teaching assistantships, and research scholarships. All graduate students are expected to apply for internal and external awards, fellowships, and studentships for their program.

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Ready to Apply?

Applications open June 1, 2024 - September 1, 2024.

Deadline is September 15, 2024 to be considered complete.

Still have questions? Contact the Nursing Programs Office

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Academic background

Admission details can be found here . For details on preliminary examinations, please see the University Calendar .

Research supervisors

  • Alexandru Badescu : Mathematical finance, actuarial science.
  • Kristine Bauer : Algebraic topology and homotopic theory, calculus of factors, homological algebra.
  • Mark Bauer : Number theory and cryptography.
  • Karoly Bezdek : Combinatorics, geometry and logic, geometric analysis and rigidity, computational discrete geometry.
  • Thomas Bitoun : Algebraic geometry and D-modules.
  • Elena Braverman : Delay differential equations, delay equations of population dynamics, logistic equations, impulsive equations, equations with distributed delay.
  • Alex Brudnyi : Fundamental groups of compact Kahler manifolds, limit cycles and the distribution of zeros of families of analytic functions.
  • Clifton Cunningham : Number theory, topology and algebraic geometry.
  • Gilad Gour : Quantum information science, foundations of quantum mechanics.
  • Matthew Greenberg : Algebraic Geometry, Cryptography, and Number Theory, Algebra and Topology.
  • Claude Laflamme : Set theory, theory of homogeneous structures, e-learning systems, graph theory.
  • Wenyuan Liao : Seismic inversion and applications, mathematical modelling and the application of mathematics, especially perturbation and numerical methods, to industrial problems, numerical methods and applications to geophysics.
  • Dang Khoa Nguyen :  algebraic dynamics, diophantine geometry, and related problems
  • Jinniao Qiu : Analysis, mathematical finance, quasilinear and fully nonlinear partial differential equations, stochastic calculus, operations research.
  • Cristian Rios : Analysis and partial differential equations, quasilinear and fully nonlinear partial differential equations, degenerate elliptic equations.
  • Carlo Maria Scandolo : Quantum Information, Quantum resource theories, Quantum Information Science, Foundations of Quantum Mechanics.
  • Renate Scheidler : Number theory, mathematical cryptography.
  • Deniz Sezer : Credit risk and finance, super-processes, Markov chain Monte Carlo methods.
  • Anatoliy Swishchuk : Financial mathematics, biomathematics, stochastic delay differential equations, insurance mathematics, stochastic models in economics, applications of random evolution.
  • Antony Ware : Numerical analysis, biomedical applications of mathematics, wavelets, numerical solution of unsteady convection-diffusion problems, computational finance.
  • Qingrun Zhang  : Genomics Proteomics, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Sstatistical Genetics, Machine Learning algorithms applied to Genomics.
  • Yuriy Zinchenko : Applications to medicine and healthcare, optimal radiation therapy design; operations research, optimization algorithms and software; scientific parallel computing and high-performance linear algebra; mathematical programming with applications to computational geometry.

Course load

The course requirements for a doctorate are determined on an individual basis and must include eight half courses in the student’s combined master's and PhD program in addition to MATH 600A and MATH 600B seminar course which must be taken in the first or second year of the program.

Performance level: Should maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 calculated on a four-point scale at the end of each registration year and attain at least a B- on each course taken for credit.

Course selections

  • MATH 600 Research Seminar (this course is not one of the eight required courses).
  • Two courses from List A courses
  • At least three courses at List A or List B

List A courses

MATH 601 Measure and Integration   MATH 603 Analysis III   MATH 605 Differential Equations III   MATH 607 Algebra III

List B courses

MATH 617 Functional Analysis   MATH 621 Complex Analysis   MATH 625 Introduction to Algebraic Topology   MATH 627 Algebraic Geometry   MATH 631 Discrete Mathematics   MATH 641 Number Theory   MATH 661 Scientific Modelling and Computation I   MATH 681 Stochastic Calculus for Finance   MATH 685 Stochastic Processes   STAT 701 Probability Theory

Completion time

The PhD is a full-time degree with an expected completion time of four years. The maximum time allowed is six years.

Supervisor and supervisory committee

  • Supervisors will decide with their students on what courses the students have to take, and what preliminary exams the students have to write.
  • A supervisory committee must be established within three months after the program starts.  The supervisory committee includes a supervisor (and a co-supervisor if there is one), and two supervisory committee members.
  • The supervisory committee should meet with the student regularly to provide guidance through the program.

Exam and other components

Written preliminary exams

Students must pass three written preliminary examinations on material from List A and List B courses (including at least two from List A), no later than 18 months into the program.

Presentations

All mathematics PhD students are required to give three invited or contributed presentations during their doctoral degree, not including presentations that are required as part of a graduate course or the 600 seminar course.

Written candidacy proposal and oral candidacy exam

  • Program course work and examination requirements completed (prior to candidacy oral examination)
  • Written proposal submitted to supervisory committee (recommended six months, minimum four months in advance of expected oral examination date)
  • Reading list approved by the graduate program director (at least three months prior to scheduling oral examination)
  • Written research proposal approved (at least two months prior to scheduling oral examination)
  • The oral candidacy examination must be taken no later than 28 months from the start of the doctoral program. Prior to the oral examination, the student must have completed all the course work and the written preliminary examinations
  • The oral candidacy exam must be scheduled at least four weeks before the intended date.
  • The exam committee contains a supervisor, a co-supervisor (if it is applicable), supervisory committee members (usually two), and two examiners (outside of student’s program, within the department or within the university)

More information can be found under the following links:

Faculty of Graduate Studies candidacy regulations

Departmental guidelines for candidacy examinations

Thesis and thesis oral examination

The student must complete a thesis on a topic to be agreed to by the student and their supervisor.

  • After completion of the thesis, the student must pass a thesis oral examination
  • A thesis oral exam committee contains a supervisor, a co-supervisor (if applicable), supervisory committee members (usually two), an examiner (outside of student’s program, within the department or within the university) and an external examiner (from outside of the university)
  • The external examiner must be applied for approval from Faculty of Graduate Studies six weeks prior the intended examination date
  • The exam must be scheduled at least four weeks prior to date of oral exam
  • Examiners must have a copy of the thesis at least three weeks prior to the date of oral exam
  • Final thesis oral examinations are open

More information can be found on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website under examinations .

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For more information, please see the university calendar.

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Doctor of Philosophy

A research-intensive (thesis-based) degree, normally intended to prepare scholars for careers in research and teaching

PhD

PhD in Educational Research

The Werklund School of Education's Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Educational Research allows students to explore and develop expertise in the field of education. Our program is full-time with a residency (on campus) component.

The Werklund School of Education's Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Educational Research  is a research-intensive program that prepares scholars for careers in research and teaching. Students work with a supervisor, assigned at the time of admission, to complete scholarship that includes coursework, candidacy, research and writing, and the eventual defense of your dissertation.

Our graduates are scholars that demonstrate expert knowledge, understanding, skills, and critical thought processes in their careers as researchers, teachers, administrators, professors, and more.

Applicants are encouraged to explore our Educational Research specializations to determine which specialization would be the best fit for your scholarship.

Specializations

Adult learning.

Adult learning and education is informed by a rich heritage rooted in a commitment to human, community, and social development. Studies in adult learning draw from multiple and diverse contexts and interest areas that include post-secondary and continuing education, business and industry, NGOs, community development, and international organizations.

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Curriculum & Learning

Curriculum and learning studies compass issues of content, context, and teaching in both formal and non-formal educational settings. Students may explore contemporary themes including issues of globalization, gender, culture, power, traditions of wisdom, ecology in education, and the ideas and practices of social justice. Themes are examined from social, cultural, historical, political, discursive, ecological, and other interpretive perspectives.

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Language & Literacy

Language and literacy studies prepare students to understand and conduct research on various dimensions of literacy, linguistic and cultural diversity. Our studies encompass the acquisition, use, teaching, and learning of languages, multiliteracies (multiple meaning-making systems, including print, visual, oral, audiovisual, and gestural texts), and new literacies and digital media.

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Studies in leadership and educational policy draw upon the social sciences and humanities to prepare our researchers and practitioners for administrative and research-related careers. Students analyze and resolve contemporary issues related to educational policy, organizational change, and the direction and management of schools, school systems, other institutions, and governmental bodies concerned with public and private education.

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Learning Sciences

Learning science is an interdisciplinary field of scholarship that works to further scientific, humanistic, and critical theoretical understandings of learning. Our students engage in the design and implementation of pedagogical innovations to support learning. Our primary mission is the advancement of knowledge, and the preparation of future researchers and scholars of the discipline in the learning sciences.

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Study with us starting in either Summer or Fall 2024

Ready to begin or continue your graduate studies with Graduate Programs in Education? Please review the important information outlined below.

Identify your specialization

Consider the research that you would like to pursue, and identify which of our specialization areas you would like to apply to.

Review admission requirements

Carefully review and ensure that you meet the admission requirements outlined below. Applications open September 1-December 1.

Gather supporting documents

Supporting document requirements are outlined below.  The deadline for supporting document submission is December 1.  This is the same as our application deadline.

Submit your application

Your complete online application is due on December 1.  Applicants will be notified of admission decisions after applications have been reviewed and assessed. We appreciate your patience with our response. 

Program Details

Important deadlines & information.

Application Dates

Application opens:   September 1 Application deadline:  December 1 Official supporting document deadline: December 1-No Exceptions

Students must use the online application found at the  How to Apply  page.

Program Delivery

The PhD in Educational Research is a full-time program that is normally delivered on campus for the first two years of the program for either a Summer term start or a Fall term start.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are also outlined in the University Calendar .

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies admission requirements, Graduate Programs in Education requires:

  • A thesis-based master’s degree in an appropriate field. Outstanding applicants holding master’s degrees without thesis may be considered.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.50 on a four-point scale in a master’s degree program.
  • A written statement of approximately 500 words indicating the applicant's reasons for wishing to pursue a graduate program. In this statement, briefly outline how your research interests and goals align with the specialization you have applied to; identify relevant prior research, teaching and leadership   experiences, publications, awards and recognitions, that you bring to doctoral research. To help us to consider potential supervisors, please identify Werklund School of Education  academic faculty members  whose research expertise aligns with your own.
  • Where appropriate, candidates will be expected to have, or to obtain, relevant practical experience in their area of specialization.
  • Two references. Referees will be asked to complete an online reference form.
  • Current CV.
  • Meeting the English language proficiency requirement. Proficiency in the English language is essential for the pursuit and successful completion of graduate programs in the Werklund School of Education. Prior to admission to Graduate Programs in Education, an applicant whose primary language is not English must fulfill the English language proficiency requirement.  For additional information, please visit our  How to Apply  page.

Admission Portfolio

Applicants to the Doctor of Philosophy program are encouraged to submit an Admission Portfolio containing examples of their work. The purpose of the Admission Portfolio is to give applicants the opportunity to provide additional documentation that demonstrates their suitability and qualification for doctoral studies. The Admission Portfolio is particularly relevant for program applicants who do not hold a thesis-based master’s degree.

The Doctoral Admission Portfolio may contain the following:

a) Thesis (if applicable).

b) Reports.

c) Research grants or scholarships.

d) Articles.

e) Curriculum documents.

f) Non-print materials, (e.g. multimedia).

g) Evidence of relevant prior learning (see below).

h) Personal statement documenting research skills and interests.

The Doctoral Admission Portfolio must include a Table of Contents and an Executive Summary that outlines the contents of the Portfolio.

Relevant Prior Learning Considerations

In exceptional circumstances, individuals who do not meet formal academic requirements but who have significant life achievements may be considered for admission to the program. The candidates must provide Graduate Programs in Education with evidence demonstrating a potential to undertake successfully the proposed program of studies. Such candidates are advised to make early contact with Graduate Programs in Education, and supply additional supporting documents as part of their application package, such as:

a) Evidence of personal continuing education/training.

b) Results in these continuing education efforts.

c) Experience in a field related to the aspired degree.

d) Evidence of successful management of people, resources, finances, situations.

e) Increasing or varying responsible positions in organizations related to the aspired degree.

f) Work-related products, e.g. reports, programs of learning or training, handbooks, videos, manuals, workshops, seminars.

g) Evidence of personal growth in knowledge, understanding, management skills, and intellectual resources.

h) Evidence of innovation.

i) Evidence of leadership or co-ordination responsibilities.

Advanced Credit

The applicant must make advanced credit request as part of the admission process. Credit will not be given for course work taken as part of another completed degree/diploma, or for courses taken to bring grade point average to a required level for admission.

Graduate Programs in Education does not normally accept undergraduate courses for credit toward graduate degrees.

Admission Note

In all these cases, the decision whether or not to admit the applicant rests with the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Admission to all graduate programs is highly competitive due to limited enrollment capacities. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

All graduate programs are governed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. In the case of any conflict, regulations of the  Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar  take precedence over material on this website. Please consult the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar for University of Calgary graduate admission requirements.

Please check  Application Process  for details.

Offers of admission are valid only for the term to which applications are made.  

Transcripts & Supporting Documents- Due December 1

Applications, transcripts and all supporting documents must be submitted 11:59 pm MT on the application deadline date for each program. Please visit the  FGS applicant transcript page  to answer frequently asked questions on transcripts. 

For additional information on transcripts and where to send them, please visit our  How to Apply  page.

References Two (2) academic references are required. References will be asked to complete an online reference form. No hard copy letters of reference or documents will be accepted.

Please see the Faculty of Graduate Studies'  advice on finding references  for your application.

References are due by the application deadline, so you should complete the online application earlier in order to give your referees sufficient time to submit their reference. Referees will receive notification on how to submit their reference  after  you submit your application and are due on the application deadline regardless of when they receive the notification.  Please ensure that your references are aware of the supporting document submission deadline.  Applications without completed reference forms will be considered incomplete after the application deadline has passed.

Statement of Intent and Admission Portfolio Applicants must submit a written statement of intent and are encouraged to submit an  admission portfolio  as part of the application to the PhD in Educational Research program. 

Hard copy statements of intent and admission portfolio components will not be accepted. Please ensure that you are using the online application system to submit these documents.

Tuition and Fees

Information on tuition and fees can be found in the University Calendar .

Please visit the  candidacy and dissertation section of our website  for information.

PhD Funding

The Werklund School of Education provides funding opportunities for full-time doctoral students admitted to the on-campus program, for the first 4 years in program.

Awards and Scholarships

Applicants to the program  are encouraged to apply for internal and external scholarships.

Supervision

As a Graduate Student, you are expected to devote the time, effort, and energy necessary to engage in scholarship. You will determine the specific milestones and requirements of your program of study in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar and with your graduate supervisor. 

An integral part of the student experience is working closely with a supervisor on the development and completion of a research project. A graduate supervisor mentors graduate students through regular meetings and research training aimed at research, scholarship, teaching and professional development. Graduate supervisors support students in the timely completion of their programs.

As a Graduate Student, you are expected to meet with your graduate supervisor on a regular basis. While each student-supervisor relationship is unique, graduate supervisors can assist graduate students in a number of ways: advising on course selection, applying for awards and scholarships, obtaining research funds, applying for teaching assistant and sessional teaching opportunities, developing track records in refereed publications and conference presentations, getting involved in leadership and service, and encouraging and supporting apprenticeship in a research community of practice (collaborative review of papers, grants, academic writing, and data analysis). 

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MEET POST-DOCTORAL SCHOLAR MEYSAM FEREIDOUNI, PH.D.

Meysam Fereidouni, Ph.D, graduated from the BTMA graduate program in August 2023 and began a Post-Doctoral Scholar Program under the supervision of Professor Barrie R. Nault in September 2023. His dissertation entitled “Benefits and Drawbacks of Digital Platforms with Policy Analysis” can be found here . Fereidouni and co-author, BTMA Assistant Professor Vaarun Vijairaghavan, presented their joint work, “Collaborative Strategies to Fight Digital Piracy: Incentivizing ISPs through Revenue Sharing” at 2023 International Conference on Information Systems . 

In July 2024, Fereidouni will start his academic appointment as an Assistant Professor at Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University.

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Meysam Fereidouni, Ph.D. is a Post-Doctoral Scholar in BTMA, he will start his academic appointment as an Assistant Professor at Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University in July 2024.

How has the BTMA Ph.D. program influenced your overall research goals?

I have been in the BTMA program for more than five years, and I can tell it has been designed meticulously. The journey was challenging, but I would choose the same path if I could go back in time. The more effort you put in, the more support and trust you will get from the program—these two factors gave me confidence in what I do. 

The program provides financial support and encourages young scholars to attend relevant workshops and conferences. For instance, although I could not present my own work at the TEIS conference, my supervisor covered the cost of attending this conference in 2019. This was a fabulous experience as I met many well-known scholars in the economics of IS, and it exposed me to cutting-edge research opportunities. 

Another aspect that sets the BTMA program apart is its commitment to academic excellence. The program regularly invites esteemed guest speakers to campus, providing a unique opportunity to engage with them individually. This has been instrumental in validating my progress and affirming that I'm on the right track. 

What is your current research about?

I am working on four projects, three of them were part of my Ph.D. thesis, and the fourth was started during my post-doctoral position. Overall, my research can be classified into two streams: the economics of digital platforms and digital piracy .

Focusing on platforms offering exclusive services to their customers, my first research project explains why platforms like ShopRunner and Amazon have kept their membership fees reasonably constant over the last few years despite a massive increase in shipping costs. My second research project shows how policymakers can mitigate the negative impacts of biased intermediation by platforms on society using tax instruments. 

And my third and fourth research projects focus on the long-standing problem of digital piracy. Unlike prior research in the literature, our findings indicate that policymakers can improve social welfare by imposing fines on detected pirates and we also find solutions that don’t require policy intervention, whereby content providers offer financial incentives to Internet service providers for identifying consumers of pirated content.

In your Economics of Digital Platforms research stream, what role does competition play in a ‘shared platform’?

In a “shared platform”, like Amazon ’s marketplace or ShopRunner , retailers join the same platform and form a horizontal alliance instead of introducing their own platform to outperform competitors. These platforms have offered many opportunities for small businesses to overcome the challenges of expanding their user base by allowing them to reach a wide range of customers. Our results indicate that reducing the fixed entry charge can motivate all retailers to join. More importantly, we show that to cover the costs of investment in exclusive services, like free shipping, the platform cannot subsidize the retailer-side of its marketplace. Depending on customers’ sensitivity to the platform’s investment in exclusive services and the membership fee, we show that when the social welfare decreases with the membership fee, a policymaker can negate this impact by incentivizing the platform to increase its investment in offering exclusive services to customers.

What is platform ‘biased intermediation’ and how does it impact consumers?

Biased intermediation is anti-competitive behavior, it is defined as a platforms' incentive to offer products or pricing matches that are more profitable to the platform rather than the most relevant products or pricing for the consumer.

The gatekeeping position of online platforms like Amazon, App Store, Google, or Meta , enables them to engage in potentially costly biased intermediation between content providers (CPs) that pay for prominence and consumers . For example, prior research show that Amazon prioritizes sellers that use the Fulfillment by Amazon services even if they are not objectively the best for consumers. We determine that neutrality regulations that remove bias may not improve social welfare. To counter the potential negative effects of biased intermediation on social welfare, we examine two alternative policy instruments: (i) imposing taxes on the platform’s revenue from prominence charges and (ii) imposing taxes on the platform’s total revenue. We find that although both instruments are effective in controlling the platform’s biased intermediation, prominence charge taxes have more favorable outcomes.

What role does policy have in mitigating costs of Digital Piracy?

For digital piracy, prior studies show that policymakers’ use of fines reduces social welfare. In this study, we show that this is not an accurate finding. The underlying assumption in prior studies is that the policymaker keeps the revenue gained from imposing fines on detected pirates. However, in practice, policymakers redistribute revenue from fines back to society. We show imposing fines on detected pirates can enhance social welfare when policymakers use collected fines either as subsidies to support legal purchases or as restitution to the firm. 

In another study, we focus on the role of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), like Telus or Rogers in Canada, in fighting digital piracy. Relying on ISPs, policymakers have centered antipiracy efforts on detecting pirates and distributors of illegal content. However, because illegal content contributes to a significant fraction of Internet traffic, ISPs do not have the incentive to fight digital piracy effectively. We show that a content provider (CP) can incentivize the ISP to increase enforcement efforts against digital piracy by voluntarily sharing a fraction of their revenue with ISPs. We find that the revenue sharing between the CP and the ISP can improve social welfare without policymakers’ intervention. 

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MEET POST-DOCORAL SCHOLAR JUN MA, PH.D.

Jun Ma, Ph.D., graduated from the Schulich School of Engineering graduate program in January 2021 with a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. He began a Post-Doctoral Scholar Program in the Haskayne School of Business under the supervision of Professor Barrie R. Nault in February 2021. 

His dissertation entitled “Discrete Choice-based Equilibrium Modeling of Supply Chain Network with Conflicting Objectives and Demand Uncertainty”, can be found here . In 2023, he published co-authored research in the International Journal of Production Economics: Ma, J., Nault, B. R., & Tu, Y. P. (2023). Customer segmentation, pricing, and lead time decisions: A stochastic-user-equilibrium perspective.  International Journal of Production Economics ,  264 , Doi:  10.1016/j.ijpe.2023.108985

In July 2024, Ma will start an academic appointment as Assistant Professor at MacEwan University in Edmonton in the Department of Decision Sciences in the School of Business.

How as the Haskayne Post-Doctoral program influenced your overall research goals?

The program has significantly influenced my research goals and shaped my academic trajectory in several profound ways. Firstly, the exposure to a diverse set of analytical tools and methodologies within the program has expanded my research methodology toolkit. Secondly, the program facilitated numerous collaborations with academics. These interactions have not only broadened my perspective but also led to co-authored papers. Additionally, the program has significantly boosted my confidence in my career path and ignited my passion for the field.

What are the top two novel contributions of your research and analytical approach as a Post-Doctoral Scholar?

1) Responsive supply chains rely on coordination between upstream and downstream firms where each face trade-offs between lead time and costs. We consider customers as heterogeneous and that firms do not have full information about their customers. Subsequently, we generalize supply chain network  stochastic user  equilibrium conditions  in our analytical model as an equilibrium that is reached when no supply chain (or firm) believes that their profit can be improved by unilaterally changing its Price/Time menu. 

We find that under these modeling conditions, there is a unique equilibrium in the decentralized and centralized supply chain networks.  We are the first published research team in our field to introduce the stochastic user equilibrium condition  into a supply chain network.

2) A s blockchain technology advances, blockchain-based decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) alliances have emerged in practice. We develop a general-form analytical model where members are engaged in a non-cooperative game. We consider a classical exclusivity agreement whereby members in the DAO alliance invest in efforts to recruit customers in their demand-side market. The matching algorithm provided by DAO alliances can allocate service to customers among members to improve performance from a broad perspective that is otherwise ignored when members act in their local interests. We derive the conditions under which the DAO volume is maximized under the coordination mechanisms and analyze the impact of the widely used coordination mechanisms, royalty, and transfer.

What is your current research stream?

I am working on the production planning and scheduling of mining supply chains now. Horizontal information sharing mechanisms in the mining supply chains under production cost uncertainty will be proposed to jointly enhance the benefits of both mining complexes and consumers.

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BASc Nanoengineering Option, Division of Engineering Science, University of Toronto, 2004

MASc Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Toronto, 2006

PhD Department of Physics, McGill University, 2011

Philip Egberts obtained his Ph.D. in 2011 from the McGill University in Montreal, Canada specializing in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics. During this time, he spent most of his research at the INM-Leibniz Institute for New Materials in Saarbrücken, Germany. Following his PhD studies, he joined the Carpick Research Group in the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics department at the University of Pennsylvania as a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF).

Currently, he is a faculty member at the University of Calgary in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. More recently, Dr. Egberts was Associate Head Graduate Studies in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and Associate Professor in from 2015-2018. He was also a visiting professor and Humboldt Fellow at the University of Hamburg in the Department of Physics from 2019-2020.

His current research interests range atomic and nanoscale investigation of adhesion, friction, and wear, as well as nanoenhanced lubricant development and tribocorrosion. The overarching goal of his work is to link experimental findings of friction and wear with theory, eventually to make physical and predictive models of friction and wear.

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Our research focuses on the study friction, plasticity and wear at the nanoscale using atomic force microscopy (AFM). We investigate these problems using simple materials and determine the fundamental physical mechanisms by which they occur. By approaching these complex engineering problems at the atomic-length scale, we can reduce the complexity of the problems.

We are also able to take advantage of other modes of AFM to obtain true atomic resolution of surfaces. For example, the true atomic resolution of the (100) surface of potassium bromide (KBr). We can identify the high resolution capability of the AFM by observing single atomic vacancies at the surface. With these experiments, we hope to be able to predictively determine material parameters such as friction coefficients, plasticity/hardness and wear rates, which will be critical in the development of next generation materials and lubricants. for, example, when we image atomic stick-slip friction on an alkanethiol self-assembled monolayer grown on a Au(111) substrate, atomic lattice resolution is achieved. However, single atomic defects cannot be observed due to the "large" multi-atom contact between the AFM tip and the surface. Using AFM, we are able to resolve forces much less than 1 nN, which approaches the strength of single atomic bonds.

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