Students admitted to the PhD program typically have completed a thesis-based Master's degree.
The maximum length of time in the program is 6 years; however, the majority complete their degree in 4.5 years or less.
Graduates from the PhD program are expected to develop the necessary competencies to become independent researchers. Preparation includes participation in course work (including independent studies), seminars, journal clubs as well as working as a member of a research team.
A final thesis proposal must be approved by the student's supervisory committee and the candidacy exam completed prior to beginning work on the thesis.
The final step in the PhD program is to conduct a research study that is approved by the Conjoint Ethics Board and complete, write-up and defend the dissertation.
If you choose to apply to the general CHS MSc your course requirements are http://www.ucalgary.ca/communityhealthsciences/current/phd/requirementsIf you want to do the PhD under CRDS the required courses can be found at http://www.ucalgary.ca/communityhealthsciences/files/communityhealthsciences/CRDS%20Competencies%20-%20Revised%20November%2026%202009_0.pdf
Application Deadline - January 15 for admission the following September. (This includes all supporting documentation for your application.)
Application Review Criteria and Suggestions provide tips for improving your application.
Please go here for further information http://www.ucalgary.ca/communityhealthsciences/node/176
For all thesis-based programs, the minimum grade-point average (GPA) is 3.2 on a 4-point system; approximately equivalent to a B+ on courses in the last two years of undergraduate study.
For foreign transcripts, grade conversions and minimum GPA's are found at International Requirements for Admission
A student wishing to pursue a thesis-based degree in an area not sufficiently represented by one graduate program may be admitted both to a home program and a conjoint program in an interdisciplinary specialization. CRDS does have this arrangement for students interested in an interdisciplinary thesis-based degree. Please go to: http://ucalgary.ca/igp/ for further details.
Required courses for the MDSC, MSc and PhD are delivered in a work-study model. Students come to Calgary, Alberta (FCJ Conference Centre) for five intensive sessions.
In year one, students are expected to attend a 5 -7 day institute in January, April and September.
In year two, students are expected to attend sessions in January and April. Elective courses are taken at the discretion of the student and are based on course availability.
Students missing a required course during one of the sessions will have to register for it in the following year; this may cause the student's program to go beyond the time normally expected.
For example, the following courses are delivered during these intensive sessions.
CORE 603.15 Foundations & Futures of Disability and Community Studies
CORE 603.12 Politics of Inclusion & Exclusion: A study of law, policy, and ethics
CORE 603.13 Leadership & Innovation
CORE 676 Consultations in Human Services & Systems
CORE 603.18 Social Construction: Health Capacity & Disability
Registration for courses is done on-line through the my.ucalgary.ca website.
TBA = to be announced. This is used for our courses delivered during the intensive session and on-line courses.