Additional Admission Requirements
Fast-tracking and Direct Entry. Upon recommendation by full-time members of the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, students enrolled in the MSc Chemistry program at Concordia University who have completed a minimum of 6 credits of graduate level course work and who have shown themselves to be outstanding through performance in research may apply for permission to proceed directly to doctoral studies without submitting a master's thesis (fast-tracking). Exceptionally, outstanding students who have completed a BSc in Chemistry or Biochemistry and maintained a grade point average of greater than 3.50 in their last two years of study, as well as and those with external scholarships (NSERC, CIHR, FQRNT) may also apply to the PhD program directly from their BSc program (direct entry). A candidate entering the PhD program under direct entry is required to complete a minimum of 6 credits from graduate courses listed under Topics in addition to the regular 90 credits. Courses taken before students are accepted into the fast-track or direct entry are not transferable to the PhD program.
Co-op. It is also possible to carry out PhD studies on a Co-op basis with the collaboration of an employer. A Co-op graduate student conducts research of interest to the employer, normally in the employer's laboratory, but directs the project toward a thesis topic acceptable to the department at Concordia and under the guidance of an academic supervisor in the department. The student will spend one term, normally with the support of an employer, gaining experience teaching in undergraduate laboratories and participating actively in the departmental seminars. This program will be available in areas of chemistry and biochemistry where the Department has the resources to provide a suitable academic co-supervisor. It is a condition of the program that the employers agree to the publication of thesis results. Prospective applicants should contact the Department for further details.