Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The PhD program is a research based program that also includes a thesis. It provides candidates with advanced knowledge preparing them for a career in research in university, government or industry sectors. The minimum requirements beyond a Master's degree are three graduate level courses, passing of comprehensive exams, plus a thesis satisfactorily defended. The candidate must make an original contribution to the existing knowledge of the subject and is expected to publish the findings in refereed journals.  Generally, the Ph.D. program takes four (4) years to complete. 

For all three graduate-level programs, once a student is admitted, they must maintain their registration for each term and pay tuition until completion of the degree.  This is applicable whether the student is enrolled in a course during the term or not.

Academic Prerequisites

PhD: Master’s degree in Applied Science or Engineering

Test Requirements

If required a TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. OR IELTS minimum score of 7.0

Financial Support

Graduate students admitted to a Master's or Ph.D. research program are provided financial support in the form of a teaching and research assistantship and/or Queen's Graduate Award. Scholarships and Fellowships are also available to eligible students through NSERC, Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) and the School of Graduate Studies. 

Funding Summary:

PhD - minimum $ per year (MIN. Funding for students is currently under review.)

We encourage you to apply for additional funding through external scholarships (NSERC, OGS, etc.). Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a $5,000 (Masters) or $7,500 (PhD) award by Queen’s.