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Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

An applicant to the doctoral program should have completed a master's degree, typically in audiology and speech science, psychology, linguistics, or a related discipline. Eligibility for admission will be decided by the Doctoral Studies Committee. The committee will consist of the Graduate Advisor and a minimum of three other full members of the graduate faculty who are full-time faculty at the School. The decision of the committee will be based on the following criteria:

  • Academic Standing: A first-class (A) average based on relevant graduate and senior undergraduate courses, with first-class standing in at least 18 credits of graduate work.
  • Research Potential: Evidence of research ability as shown by a Master's thesis or equivalent, and positive evaluations of research potential by three referees, who are themselves researchers.
  • Research Plan: A detailed statement of research interests and reasons for pursuing advanced study, which is used to match applicant and faculty research interests.
  • Supervisor: In order for a student to be accepted, a full member of graduate faculty holding an appointment in the School must agree to chair the student's Program Advisory Committee and to supervise the student's dissertation. For the purpose of identifying a prospective supervisor, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact School faculty members whose program of research is related to the applicant's proposed research area(s).

Part-time Doctoral Classification is also available. This must be approved at the point of admission. We are unable to change a student status (from part-time study to full-time study and vice versa) once the program has started.

Degree Requirements

The student normally will be recommended for advancement to candidacy when he/she has:

  1. completed the residency period required by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies;
  2. completed all coursework and research training as required by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and according to the plan set out by the program advisory committee;
  3. passed the comprehensive examination; and
  4. had a dissertation proposal approved by the Dissertation Committee.

Completion of the degree also requires that the student write a dissertation passed by an examination committee according to the requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

For a general overview of the PhD application process, please visit our website.


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