Graduate Studies










Program Components: 
  • Coursework
  • Practicum and Internship in some concentrations
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Doctoral Thesis and Doctoral Thesis Defence
Registration Options: 



The PhD with a major in Education is 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 counseling 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.

Questions? Please contact the Faculty of Education:


Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum

Formal and Distributive Leadership

Counselling Psychology                         

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

Please see the Supporting Documents for the PhD (Education) program below. 

Step 2: Find a Supervisor

To find a potential supervisor, you will need to contact a uLethbridge faculty member with expertise in 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

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.

For more details please see the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue.

Supporting Documents for the Doctor of Philosophy (Education) program 


Unofficial Transcripts
You will need to upload and submit your unofficial transcripts, including proof of graduation for your completed degree(s) and transcripts of all post-baccalaureate work, if any, via the online application system.

Official Transcripts
You will also need to arrange for your official transcripts to be sent to the Registrar’s Office. Your official transcripts are required to be received 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

Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the issuing institution in a sealed envelope to:
Registrar’s Office
University of Lethbridge
4401 University Drive West
Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4

Your transcripts are required to display your up-to-date coursework, including grades/marks received for completed coursework.

Reference Letters

Applicants to the Doctor of Philosophy (Education) major are required to submit two (3) academic and one (1) professional reference letters. You should have studied with at least two of your references. 

You are: Who is an acceptable academic referee?
A current or recent graduate of an undergraduate program
  • One of your course instructors who hold a terminal
    degree or a continuing position at a University
A current or recent graduate student
  • Your supervisor, or a member of your Supervisory
  • One of your course instructors who hold a terminal
    degree or a continuing position at a University
Working and completed a degree several years ago
  • Someone with whom you have studied at the
    university level
  • An employer or another person who has served
    in a supervisory capacity who can testify to your
    ability to succeed in an academic setting

The School of Graduate Studies is not able to:

Accept Letters of Reference submitted via email or regular mail
Re-use a Letter of Reference submitted in support of a previous application  
Edit/change your referees or send them reminders to submit their Letter of Reference  
Accept Letters of reference from a friend or family member

Curriculum vitae

Your CV is a comprehensive document with a formal structure and academic focus. It should include your background, work experience, awards, scholarships, publications, and other achievements. If you are a current or former University of Lethbridge student, contact Career and Employment Services for additional information on the content and structure of a CV. 

Letter of Intent

Your Letter of Intent for the Doctor of Philosophy (Education) major must contain: 

  • Goals or objectives for seeking a graduate degree in the chosen discipline.
  • You should address your letter to the Graduate Programs in Education Program Committee. 

Things to Note:

Your Letter of Intent is your opportunity to show us your passion for your proposed research. Explain how dedicated and invested you are to your proposed graduate program, and provide specific examples of key accomplishments. Be concise and include only important information – reviewers have many graduate applications to review; your Letter of Intent should generally be no more than one page in length unless otherwise stated. 

English Langage Requirements (ELP) for Graduate Students

English is the primary language of instruction and communication at the University of Lethbridge. Prior to registration, all applicants to the School of Graduate Studies must demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) sufficient to meet the demands of classroom instruction, written assignments, research, and participation in tutorials and discussions, regardless of their citizenship or country of origin. Please see the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements for graduate students for detailed information. 


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