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PhD Admissions

On-line admission applications and application documentation are due January 15 for September admission.

MINIMUM PHD REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION:

To be qualified for admissions into our MA program you must have…

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent as well as (normally) a 4 year BA degree.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale over the MA degree.
  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in Political Science.  However, a prior degree in a related discipline (such as Canadian Studies, International Relations, Philosophy, Sociology, History, Economics, Public Policy and Administration) may be considered for admission. Students with an immediately prior degree far removed from Political Science, will not be eligible for consideration for admission.

For International Students Only:

International students should note the following….

  • For applicants whose primary language is not English, you must have Proof of Proficiency in the English language fulfilled in one of these ways: TOEFL (105, internet-based; 600 paper-based); IELTS (7.5); MELAB (86); PTE (75).
  • All degrees and grades from foreign institutions are evaluated for their equivalency to those of the University of Calgary after you submit a complete application.
  • You can find further information on specific degree and grade point average requirements for the country where you earned your degree at International Admissions Requirements.
  • Have a question about our PhD Admissions Requirements? Please see our Frequently Asked Questions. If you are still unable to find an answer please contact the Graduate Program Administrator.
  • Detailed information on all aspects of our graduate program can also be found in our Graduate Program Handbook.

 

DOCUMENTATION TO INCLUDE WITH YOUR PhD APPLICATION:

Below is a brief synopsis of the documentation you must include with your on-line application. For detailed information and instructions refer to the on-line application itself.

You must include the following with your application…

  • Proof of agreement to supervise from a faculty member in your proposed area of thesis research. An email from the faculty member with tentative agreement is sufficient. Please note: tentative agreement is not a guarantee of admission, however admission will not be granted without a tentative supervisor.
  • A non-refundable, required application fee:  $125 for Canadian applicants; $145 for International applicants.
  • Two references. Once you initiate your application your referees will be provided with instructions for completing their on-line reference.
  • A research proposal of no more than two pages (excluding bibliography) which describes the research question, context, objectives, methodology and contribution to the advancement of knowledge, and your special interests in the proposed area of research. If possible, the proposal should show how your proposed courses and potential supervisor will support your objectives.
  • A sample of your academic work, usually a course or research paper.
    • Two official sets of transcripts, in sealed, endorsed institutional envelopes, sent directly by institutions from all post-secondary institutions attended. Transcripts issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by an exact certified English translation.
    • All degree certificates (if awarding of degree is not on transcript), in sealed, endorsed, institutional envelopes, sent directly by institutions. Degree certificates issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by an exact certified English translation.
    • If applicable, proof of English Language Proficiency fulfilled in one of these ways: TOEFL (105, internet-based; 600 paper-based); IELTS (7.5); MELAB (86); PTE (75). 

Have a question about our PhD Application Process? Please see our Frequently Asked Questions. If you are still unable to find an answer please contact the Graduate Program Administrator.

Detailed information on all aspects of our graduate program can also be found in our Graduate Program Handbook.