Pathways to a Doctoral Degree
PhD programs at UAlberta train students to conduct methodical, systematic, theory-based, and collaborative research with a diversity of outstanding people, in a multitude of leading facilities and stimulating environments.
It also represents a significant achievement and a valuable credential for those seeking to contribute a depth of knowledge to pressing and pertinent local and global issues in sectors ranging from academia, industry, and medicine, to education and government policy-making. A doctoral education has become of paramount significance to a knowledge-based economy.
Summary of Requirements
As a doctoral student at UAlberta, you need to complete a number of program requirements—define your research problem, carry out your thesis research, and write and defend your thesis—within a six year designated timeframe. Degree requirements and responsibilities
are both academic and administrative.
Some are defined by the University, such as:
Other requirements are defined by your department — including coursework, and comprehensive examinations.
Your department’s section in the University Calendar as well as the graduate handbook define these requirements. You have three years to meet all of your program requirements, with the exception of your thesis work, unless you are registered in a listed exempt doctoral program.
There are many other resources and academic considerations that doctoral students should take note of. Please read on to familiarize yourself with these: