The program information below was valid for the fall 2016 term (September 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016). This is the archived version; the most up-to-date program information is available through the current Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.

The Graduate Studies Academic Calendar is updated 3 times per year, at the start of each academic term (January 1, May 1, September 1). Graduate Studies Academic Calendars from previous terms can be found in the archives.

  • Admit term(s) 
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Spring
  • Delivery mode 
    • On-campus
  • Program type 
    • Collaborative
    • Doctoral
    • Research
  • Registration option(s) 
    • Full-time
    • Part-time
  • Study option(s) 
  • Minimum requirements 
    • A 75% overall standing, or equivalent in a Master of Science (MSc) degree in a relevant field.
    • Students holding degrees from institutions outside Canada may be required to submit Graduate Record Examination scores (GRE, Analytical and Quantitative) with their application.
    • Before applying to the program, students are strongly advised to establish contact with potential supervisors. It is a good strategy to identify whether the potential supervisors that students would like to undertake research with have available positions and funding.
    • There is also an option of transferring from the Master's program to the Doctoral program. This is not a routine option, but can be approved on a case-by-case basis for suitably qualified individuals. Further information is available from the Department Graduate Officer.
  • Application materials 
    • Résumé
    • Supplementary information form
    • Transcript(s)
  • References 
    • Number of references:  3
    • Type of references: 

      at least 2 academic.

  • English language proficiency (ELP) (if applicable)

    Thesis option:

  • Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)
  • Courses 
    • Students must complete 2 one-term graduate courses (0.50 unit weight) accepted for credit by the Department of Biology. This will be satisfied by WATER 601 and WATER 602.
    • Water core courses:
      • WATER 601 Integrated Water Management
      • WATER 602 Integrated Water Management Project
    • The Water core courses are designed to provide fundamental multidisciplinary knowledge and experience to complement the student’s specialist courses and water-related research.
    • The Department will determine whether or not collaborative program courses can be used as electives. It is therefore possible that students will need to take additional courses in order to meet the specific requirements of the program.
    • For candidates who do not hold a Master's degree, the requirement will be a minimum of 4 one-term courses (0.50 unit weight). 2 of these course credits will be satisfied by WATER 601 and WATER 602.
    • Undergraduate level courses cannot be credited towards the PhD degree requirements.
  • Link(s) to courses
  • Academic Integrity Workshop
  • PhD Seminar
    • Students will make a formal presentation on their research at an annual symposium or other designated event. This will be an opportunity to interact with a very broad multidisciplinary audience that crosses all areas of research in the collaborative programs.
  • PhD Thesis Proposal
  • PhD Comprehensive Examination
  • PhD Thesis
    • Students must submit and defend a thesis, embodying the results of original research.