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Admission requirements

Apply to the Individualized program

Only outstanding applicants will be considered for the Individualized Program (INDI). Entry to this program requires a clearly formulated program of study, research proposal and the identification of a proposed supervisory committee as part of the application. Prospective supervisors and committee members must provide a letter of intent as well. Faculty members are expected to detail the financial support and office or studio space they will provide to prospective graduate students. INDI considers the merit of the student’s proposal and grades as well as the level of support given by the committee. Students whose supervisors do not provide funding or space are less likely to be accepted.

If you are a doctoral applicant interested in pursuing a degree in interdisciplinary studies in the areas of Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture, then you should apply to the PhD in Humanities Program.

The deadline for applications is January 15 for Fall entry and September 15 for Winter entry.

Apply now

You can apply online. Please note that even when you apply on-line, some documents must be submitted in hard copy (e.g., letters of reference, letters of intent) either by mail or in person to:

Mailing Address
Concordia University
Graduate Admissions Application Centre
P.O. Box 2002. Station H
Montréal, QC, Canada
H3G 2V4

In Person/Courier Drop Off Location:
Birks Student Service Centre
J.W. McConnell Building
Room LB-185
1400 de Maisonneuve Boulevard West
Montreal, Quebec
H3G 2V8
Monday to Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

INDI application checklist

  • Download the INDI application checklist
  • Completed Concordia University Graduate Admission Application;
  • Application Fee ($100.00);
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé (2 pages);
  • Official transcripts from all previous university-level study;
  • International applicants: TOEFL or IELTS results;
  • Proof of Canadian Citizenship, Permanent Resident Status or Refugee Status;
  • 500 word statement of purpose;
  • Samples of applicant’s work, where relevant;
  • 3 Concordia University Academic Assessment Forms, duly completed by the applicant’s referees;
  • Program Proposal:
    • detailed statement of the fields of study and the core areas to be covered in the proposed program
    • a concise description of the proposed research, including expected outcomes,
    • rationale for pursuing an individualized program,
    • statement explaining the relationship between the proposed members of the supervisory committee and the core areas of the proposed research **,
    • proposed courses (18 credits) central to the proposed program of study, including one 3-credit research seminar and 6 credits in regularly scheduled graduate courses
    • bibliography (2 pages).
  • Supervisory committee forms from at least three potential  committee members one of whom is designated Principal Supervisor.
  • Letter from the Associate Dean of the Faculty to which the Principal Supervisor belongs. This letter should state the Faculty’s approval of the resource implications of the applicant’s proposed program of study. This includes permission to use relevant university facilities such as laboratories, studio space, etc.; it also includes permission to enroll in existing graduate courses or tutorials, subject to the approval of the instructors concerned.

** Students looking for potential supervisory committee members should consult the Thesis Working Titles section of the INDI website.

Please note that all application materials (including the above mentioned letters) must be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Application Centre, PO Box 2002, Station H, Montreal, QC, Canada, H3G 2V4.

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