Doctoral Program Information

The majority of this information is in addition to the regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. Prospective students should familiarize themselves with the applicable regulations contained in the current University Calendar. In cases of dispute, the official reference is the Calendar.

Residency Requirement and Patterns of Study

Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD)

The minimum period of residence for the PhD degree is two academic years of full-time study at the University of Alberta.

Doctorate of Education (EdD)

Students pursuing the EdD degree may satisfy their residence requirement in one of two registration patterns. Students are expected to have significant contact with the University of Alberta during their residence through time spent on campus and through interactions with the faculty and graduate students at the University:

Pattern A: As part of the program there will be a period of full-time study for a minimum of 12 continuous months.

Pattern B: Students must complete at least ★18 (courses and/or THES registration) in each of the first three years. For students who start their programs part-time, the candidacy exam must be completed by the end of year four.


Doctoral students must register in coursework and/or thesis for all four (4) terms of an academic year (Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer) until their program is completed. Students are automatically registered in THES 906 for Spring/Summer terms by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. Additional courses taken in Spring and/or Summer terms will NOT eliminate the THES registration in the same term(s). Fees for the additional course registration will be over an above the normal program fee outlined for that term. Students must be registered in the term that they defend their thesis.

If students register full-time, at the beginning of their program, they must continue as full-time students until completion of the program.

Minimum Units of Course Weight Registration Requirements

Students are responsible for the completeness and accuracy of their registration. They are also responsible for adjustments in registration. Information on the minimum units of registration requirements is available via FGSR.

Graduate Fees

See Tuition and Fees.

Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Requirement

Graduate students are required to complete this training while also completing EDPS 681.

To meet this requirement, students must:

The GET course is offered in modules and all modules must be completed with a 100% result. If required, students can repeat the modules to obtain the 100% result.

Per Department Council's motion February 2014, students are required to complete the GET portion of this requirement during the same term they are completing the course portion (EDPS 681).

Once students have completed the GET requirement, they are required to print out the GET Certificate (that includes their name) indicating successful completion of this requirement. The GET certificate is to be given to both the instructor of EDPS 681 and the Graduate Administrator.

PLEASE NOTE: Any student that has completed in a previous degree at the U of A the GET portion of this requirement will NOT be required to complete it again. But they will still be required to complete the course portion of the requirement.

Doctoral Program Requirement

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research requires that all three components of the Doctoral Program Requirement must be completed within the first three (3) years of the student's program.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research also states that for part-time doctoral students the timeline to complete this requirement is determined by the department. The Department, therefore, has decided that part-time students are to have the three components of the Doctoral Program Requirement completed within the first four (4) years of their program.

The Doctoral Program Requirements components are 1) required course work, 2) the Academic Integrity and Ethics Training, and 3) the Candidacy oral.

Professional Development Requirement 

The University of Alberta Professional Development Requirement includes an Individual Development Plan (IDP) and the completion of eight hours of professional development activities inspired by your career plan.

Length of program

The maximum time to complete doctoral programs as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is six years.


Supervisors are assigned to students upon admission by the department.

Academic Standing

Regardless of the student's category, the pass mark in any course taken while registered in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is a grade of C+.

All students in degree programs (including time spent as a qualifying graduate student) or diploma or certificate programs must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7 throughout the course of the program. (In cases where the cumulative grade point average falls between 2.3 and 2.7, departments may recommend the student be required to withdraw, or continuation in the program for a specified probationary period; in any case, convocation shall not take place with a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.7.) Notwithstanding the above, a student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 2.7 may be required to withdraw.