Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree Program

Core Courses: Students without MSc degrees have the same course requirement as MSc students. All PhD students must complete the AGRI6700: Research Methods Course in the first year of study and the AGRI6705: Advanced Research Seminar in the second or third years of study.

Ancillary and Audit Courses: Additional courses or activities may be required as part of the program of study at the discretion of the Supervisory Committee. Supervisors may have additional course or program requirements, within the FGS guidelines, appropriate to that particular discipline. Normally, students would not take more than three courses in addition to the required research methods and research seminar courses. In addition, doctoral students will complete a teaching assistantship (paid positions) in two half-credit courses at the undergraduate level of study.

Comprehensive (Preliminary) Exam and Thesis Proposal: Students will prepare and defend a thesis proposal within one year of their commencement in the program and undertake a preliminary exam, or comprehensive, within thirty (30) months of entering the program and at least one year prior to the thesis defense. Required coursework, with the exception of AGRI6705 Research Seminar, must be completed before a student may take their preliminary examination.

Residency: Students are required, as part of their Graduate Student Program, to be on campus for at least six terms (including the summer terms).