Students who enter the Ph.D. program after the completion of a Master’s degree are required to complete five approved graduate courses. In exceptional cases, students may receive a course reduction of up to two graduate courses. To qualify for this reduction, students must have a strong academic record and have already taken additional graduate courses beyond the five required courses of an M.A.Sc. degree or demonstrate that they have otherwise attained equivalent knowledge and experience. The number of required courses will be determined by the Associate Chair, Graduate Studies.
Students who enter the Ph.D. program directly from a Bachelor’s degree will be required to complete eight approved graduate courses.
Students who transfer from the M.A.Sc. to the Ph.D. program will normally be required to complete three approved graduate courses, in addition to the five graduate courses completed while registered in the M.A.Sc. program. Students may be required to complete up to two additional graduate courses, depending on their Ph.D. research needs in relation to their studies at the Master’s level. The number of required courses will be determined by the Associate Chair, Graduate Studies, in consultation with the Ph.D. supervisor.
All courses required for the degree must be completed within the first 12 months of program registration.
Two of the five courses must be outside the student’s major field or group (i.e., breadth courses).