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Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Research on Contemporary Social Issues

 PhD in Interdisciplinary Research

Admission requirements

The admission requirements are as follows:

  • A master’s degree, or equivalent, in Human Sciences, Theology, Philosophy, Canon Law or in other disciplines such as Canadian Studies, Communication, Economics, Health Sciences, History, Human Geography, Industrial Relations, Intercultural Communication, International Development, International Studies, Labour Relations, Law, Management, Medicine, Political Science, Public Administration, Public Ethics, Social Psychology, Social Work, Sociocultural Anthropology, Religious Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies;
  • An average of 8.0 (A-) calculated in accordance with graduate studies guidelines;
  • Significant experience (minimum two years) in addressing contemporary social and/or social justice issues, obtained either through volunteer activities or employment (in roles such as: Director/Manager, Teacher/Instructor, Policy Analyst, Project Officer, Foreign Aid worker, Nurse, Journalist, Military Officer, Human Resources Specialist, Public Servant, Lawyer, Crisis Management/Disaster Management Officer, Immigration Officer, etc)*;
  • Proficiency in either English or French and the ability to read and understand the spoken and written word in the other language;
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation, including one from a professional familiar with the candidates’ social commitment and able to confirm their suitability for advanced research (candidates returning to the university after many years in the workforce may provide two letters from immediate supervisors confirming their social commitment and suitability for advanced research);
  • A CV and a letter of intent (maximum 500 words) setting out the candidate’s career goals;
  • A draft of the thesis project (maximum 1,000 words);
  • The name of at least one professor whose research interests correspond to the proposed thesis topic;
  • An interview with the Interdisciplinary Program Committee (IPC).

* Candidates who have not yet achieved the required two-years of experience may be admitted on an exceptional basis. They will have to complete an internship as part of their program.