DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN EDUCATION
- Practicum and Internship in some concentrations
- Comprehensive Examination
- Doctoral Thesis and Doctoral Thesis Defence
The Faculty of Education offers a PhD with a major in Education, a theory and practice-rich research degree where students will address significant issues and professional practice within a particular concentration.
The program will prepare research-literate individuals for careers in a variety of educational and professional contexts which increasingly base their inquiries on research-based studies. These contexts include schools, school districts, professional practice in counselling psychology, professional associations, community and government agencies, colleges, and universities.
The program is designed to be completed in four years. Courses are completed as a cohort on campus.
In case of discrepancies between this page and the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue, the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue shall prevail.
- Admission requirements
- Master's degree in the discipline of interest from a recognized degree-granting institution.
- Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 on all graded master's-level courses
- Evidence of success as professional educators or counsellors with approximately two years of experience.
- Evidence to demonstrate research skills, in the form of a Master's thesis, an outstanding Research Project, or peer-reviewed journal publications. In lieu of a Master's thesis, significant demonstration of research ability must be evident.
- English Language Proficiency requirement for Graduate Students through recognised study or a valid standardised test (see English Language Proficiency for Graduate Students).
Applicants are considered on a case-by-case basis.
The proposed research interest of the applicant must complement the supervisor's current, active research program.
- Application process
Step 1: Prepare Supporting Documents
Before you begin an application, review the requirements for your supporting documents:
- Contact information for three referees who are willing to submit a confidential assessment via the online system.
- Two academic referees under whom you have studied at the university level
- One professional referee with whom you have worked professionally, preferably who has served in a supervisory capacity
- Curriculum vitae, which includes academic background, work experience, awards, scholarships and publications.
- Letter of intent indicating in general terms the reasons, goals or objectives for seeking a graduate degree in the chosen discipline. Include a tentative research agenda.
- English Language Proficiency (ELP) for Graduate Students
- If additional documentation is required, the Office of Graduate Studies and Research in Education will contact you.
Step 2: Find a Supervisor
To find a potential supervisor, you will need to contact a uLethbridge faculty member with expertise in the your research area. Please visit Search Supervisors page to find a potential supervisor.
Step 3: Submit Online Application by Deadline
Submit your complete application by midnight (MST/MDT) on the deadline date.
Step 4: Arrange for Official Documents
Official documents (e.g., transcripts, ELP test scores) are required prior to course registration.
Note: Applicants who have attended or are currently attending an institution participating in ApplyAlberta do not need to arrange for official transcripts to be sent to uLethbridge from the issuing institution. A list of participating institutions is available at www.applyalberta.ca.
Step 5: Admission Interview and Decision
The selection committee reviews applications. Applicants selected for consideration will be invited to a scheduled admission interview. To accommodate applicants from a greater distance these interviews may be conducted online.
The selection committee makes a recommendation on admission to the program committee. You will be notified of your official admission status by the Registrar's Office no later than April 1.