PhD Program Application Process for Master's Transfer Route
NOTE: For complete admission and degree requirements, see the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue.
Academic qualifications for master's transfer route
Applicants who intend to transfer from a University of Lethbridge master’s degree program to an approved PhD program must satisfy four basic criteria before the University will consider approving the transfer. The applicant must:
- be currently enrolled in a master's program at the University, have completed a minimum of 12 months and a maximum of 24 months of the master's program, and have completed the program’s required coursework;
- be in good standing in the master's program;
- have demonstrated research and academic excellence; and
- agree to work with the same supervisor(s).
|NOTE:||When PhD program applicants are admitted by transfer from the master’s program, all PhD degree requirements apply.|
Eligible applicants must apply for admission via the online application system, available at www.uleth.ca/future-student/graduate-studies/apply, and by following the process outlined below.
 A master’s student can apply for a transfer before 12 months, but 12 months of the program must have been completed at the time of the transfer to the PhD program.
Table 1: PhD program application process for master’s transfer route
STEP 1 - Program Committee and applicant complete transfer evaluation and approval
Assign Transfer Committee:
Provide evidence of research and academic excellence:
Certify that the applicant is worthy of promotion:
Complete transfer examination
Approve student for transfer:
STEP 2 - Applicant submits the application online by the application deadline
The following required admission decision documents must be submitted via the online application system, available at www.uleth.ca/future-student/graduate-studies/apply.
By submitting this application, applicants authorize the University to request transcripts on their behalf from institutions participating in ApplyAlberta (Alberta Post-Secondary Application System).
STEP 3 - Applicant arranges for official documents
Official documents, including proof of graduation for the baccalaureate degree and transcripts of all post-baccalaureate work, if any, are required prior to course registration.
Applicants who have attended or are currently attending institutions NOT participating in ApplyAlberta must arrange to have official transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution to the Admissions Office. A list of participating institutions is available at www.applyalberta.ca.
Applicants may also be called for an interview with the relevant doctoral program committee.
STEP 4 - Admission decision process
The relevant Academic Unit or Department Graduate Education Committee reviews the application and makes a recommendation on admission to the relevant doctoral program committee. The office of the School of Graduate Studies, on behalf of the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, unofficially informs the applicant of the doctoral program committee’s decision. Official admission decision will be sent electronically the Admissions Office. Applicants will be notified of their official admission status by the Admissions Office no later than April 1, July 1, or December 1. Successful applicants will be advised of registration procedures at that time.
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