Admission to Ph.D. in Design and Planning program is competitive. A number of factors are taken into account in arriving at an admission decision:
  1. The applicant’s previous academic background,
  2. The practice-based and/or academic experience of the applicant,
  3. The referees’ assessments of the applicant,
  4. The ability of the Faculty to provide the program of studies and research requested by the applicant,
  5. The funding support that the applicant has obtained and/or confirmed, and
  6. The availability of a faculty member that has expertise in the research area and is willing to supervise the program of studies and research of the applicant.

General Criteria

Students who have a Masters degree in a planning or design discipline (architecture, city planning, interior design or landscape architecture or equivalent related degree [e.g., industrial design, urban design]) from a recognized institution and who have met the requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies will be eligible for consideration to the program.

Normally, the completion of a Master’s degree or equivalent from a recognized university and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or equivalent in the last two previous years of full time university study (60 credit hours) is the minimum requirement for admission to the Ph.D. program. The criteria for admissions into the Ph.D. program are more stringent than for Masters’ programs; therefore, the completion of a Masters program does not guarantee admission into the Ph.D. program. Some units require completion of a thesis-based Master’s program prior to admission to a Ph.D. program.

Students who possess a Masters degree in another field outside of the Design and Planning disciplines from a recognized institution may be considered if they have an undergraduate degree in planning or a design discipline from a recognized institution and have an accumulated grade point average of 3.75 in their Masters degree.

Candidates must demonstrate that they have an established record in professional practice and/or professional education, and have demonstrated interdisciplinary experience and/or knowledge. It is recommended that candidates have a minimum of five years of professional practice experience and/or have taught at a recognized institution for a minimum of five years.

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