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Individualized Program (INDI) PhD

Admission Requirements

  • Master's degree or its equivalent in a relevant disciplinary area.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Additional Admission Requirements

Only outstanding applicants will be considered. Interested candidates should immediately consult the Individualized Program’s (INDI) webpage to determine fields of study, potential supervisory committee members and other application procedures. Applicants should take note that entry to this program requires a clearly formulated program of study and the identification of a proposed supervisory committee as part of the application. (Doctoral applicants interested in pursuing a degree in inter-disciplinary studies in the areas of Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture should apply to the Humanities Doctoral Program).

The INDI Program Committee reviews all application material submitted by the applicant.

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits.

Please see the Individualized Program (INDI) Courses page for course descriptions.

Individualized Program (INDI) PhD (90 credits)


credits of Coursework taken from doctoral-level studies INDI courses OR from any regularly scheduled graduate courses with permission of the INDI Director.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 9 credits in regularly scheduled graduate courses, including a research methodology seminar in their first or second year. The latter seminar explores methodological issues relevant to the principal area of the student's research. It is chosen in consultation with the student's principal supervisor from among the numerous courses in methodology offered by different departments at Concordia University.



INDI 885 Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (3.00)
INDI 887 Doctoral Thesis Proposal (3.00)
INDI 890 Doctoral Research and Thesis (66.00)

Additional Degree Requirements

The Individualized Program exists to promote innovative and creative approaches to issues that are outside the normal boundaries of investigation of existing graduate programs. Students are engaged in individualized research initiatives supported by an integrated program of study drawing on the various resources available at the University both within a Faculty or across Faculties. In most cases, individuals applying to an Individualized Program must propose a program of study involving multidisciplinary scholarship on problems that are not normally the province of disciplines represented by departments in this University. These applicants propose a supervisory committee involving faculty from at least two different departments/units. However, a limited number of students may be admitted who propose programs within a single discipline and involving faculty from only one department/unit. In all cases, applicants include a proposed supervisory committee, courses, and research plan.

Course Requirements for Students with a Pure and Applied Science, Computer Science or Engineering Concentration. Students with a pure and applied science, computer science or engineering concentration have the option of taking up to two directed research courses in fulfillment of their coursework requirements. The primary objective of such a course is for the student to acquire competencies in discipline specific research practices and/or generate useable research data under the direction of their principal supervisor.

Academic Regulations

  1. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.
  2. Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulations page for further details regarding the Time Limits.
  3. Residence. The minimum period of residence is 24 months of full-time study, or its equivalent in part-time study.
  4. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.

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