See Admission for entrance requirements.
The first two years of the Ph.D. program are devoted to course work, preparing and taking the Qualifying Examination, the Comprehensive Examination, and obtaining approval of the Thesis Proposal. The following years are devoted to the writing and defence of the thesis.
A minimum of 18 credits of course work numbered above 500 in the first 16 months of the program, 3 of which may be taken in another department (6 exceptionally). A first-class average is required in these courses. Additional course work may be required for candidates who have deficiencies in certain areas.
An annual progress report must be submitted by March 1st for every year that the student is enrolled in the program.
In February of the first year of the program, the candidate will take the Qualifying Examination.
Procedure: After passing this examination, please fill out the Comprehensive Examination Committee Approval Form.
In November of the second year of the program, the candidate will take the Comprehensive Examination.
Ph.D. Thesis Proposal Defence
In September of the third year of program, the candidate will defend the Ph.D. Thesis Proposal.
Grading: After passing this examination, please fill out the Supervisory Committee Approval Form for Ph.D. students.
The Final Doctoral Examination
Please refer to the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies website at www.grad.ubc.ca.
Last update: February 10, 2020