PhD Degree Program Requirements

Minimum PhD program requirements (master’s degree, direct entry, and transfer admission categories):

  • 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:
    • A minimum of three required half courses (1.5 FCEs) must be taken. Transfer students can use courses completed towards meeting MScF program requirements to meet this requirement. Depending on the student’s background and academic goals, additional or alternative coursework may be required by the student’s supervisory committee, including courses outside the Faculty of Forestry.
    • FOR 1001H Graduate Seminar (0.5 FCE). Transfer students require credit for FOR 1001H only once.
  • Successful completion of a qualifying appraisal examination. The examination will be oral and will ordinarily be taken prior to the completion of 16 months in the program. There are three possible outcomes: pass, decision deferred pending supplementary undertakings, or unsatisfactory. If there is more than one negative vote, the outcome will be judged unsatisfactory. Students are permitted one further attempt.
  • Preparation and defence of a thesis that is an original and independent research work adding significantly to the existing body of knowledge.
  • A full-time commitment is expected for a minimum of the first two years in the forestry program.

Students are admitted to the four-year PhD program via one of three routes:

  1. Master’s degree: an appropriate master’s degree or its equivalent from a recognized university with at least an A- standing, in a discipline appropriate to the intended field of doctoral study and research.
  2. Direct entry: in exceptional circumstances, an extraordinarily strong applicant with an appropriate bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a recognized university.
  3. Transfer from MScF to PhD: under certain specific conditions, outstanding registered MScF students may be considered by the end of their first year in the MScF program for transfer to the PhD program.

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