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) - two academic years of full-time study at the University of Alberta.
Doctorate of Education (EdD)* - choose one of the following patterns to ensure intensity of study and continuity of academic content:
Pattern A: A minimum of 12 months of continuous full-time study. Students are encouraged to complete some courses before the period of full-time study.
Pattern B: Must complete at least *9 in each of the first three (3) years. Students are expected to have significant contact with the University of Alberta during these three years through time spent on campus and through interactions with the faculty and graduate students at the University. The candidacy examination must be completed by the end of year four (4). Please see the Doctoral Program Requirement item below for further information.
For doctoral students admitted prior to Fall 2011:
Doctoral students must register in coursework and/or thesis for both terms of Fall/Winter (September to April) until their program is completed. 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. Students have the option of registering in THES 919, a full-time, fee-reduced course once the residency requirement is completed.
For doctoral students admitted on or after Fall 2011:
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.
Please refer to the current Graduate Fees Guide for students admitted prior to and/or on and beyond Fall 2011.
See Spring/Summer Fee Guide for students admitted Fall 2011 and beyond.
Access FGSR's website for further fee information.
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 results sheet called 'User Report' (by following the printing instructions given in the course) and submit it to the Graduate Administrator of Educational Policy Studies.
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 doctoral program requirements, other than the thesis, must be completed within three (3) years of the commencement of a student’s program.
The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research also states that for part-time doctoral students, this timeline to complete these requirements is determined by the department. The Department, therefore, has decided that part-time students are to have all of the three items for the Doctoral Program Requirements completed within the first four (4) years of their program.
The Doctoral Program requirements are 1) required course work, 2) the Academic Integrity and Ethics Training and 3) the Candidacy oral.
Length of program
Normally, doctoral degrees must be completed within six (6) years.
Supervisors are assigned to students upon admission by the department.
The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research's (FGSR) passing mark for a graduate course is C+ and the minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) must be 2.7 or better throughout the doctoral program.
When the cumulative GPA falls between 2.3 and 2.7, the department may recommend continuation in the program for a specified probationary period. Convocation may not take place with a cumulative GPA of less then 2.7.