The PhD in Humanities, based in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture (CISSC), can be undertaken in many areas of interdisciplinary expertise at Concordia. Our students enter the program with an MA or MFA and come from a variety of disciplines across the humanities, social sciences and fine arts. They benefit from a vibrant academic milieu that encourages innovative thinking and cross-disciplinary approaches to today's vital issues. Some examples of topics being looked at by students in the program include digital culture, First People's studies, globalization and women's studies. Concordia’s outstanding research centres and labs include Milieux, the Media History Research Centre, the Centre for Sensory Studies and the Centre for Expanded Poetics, among many others. Students entering with an MFA or another graduate degree can pursue research-creation projects that combine scholarly investigation with creative practice in a variety of media and platforms
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits.
6 credits – Required Courses
HUMA 888 - Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies I (3 credits)
HUMA 889 - Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies II (3 credits)
12 credits – Elective Courses
Electives may be chosen from graduate courses at the 600 level or higher offered by departments in areas relevant to the student’s program of study; 3-credit directed study courses; or may also include HUMA 887 - Special Topic.
9 credits – Comprehensive Examinations
HUMA 891 - Comprehensive Examination Major Field (3 credits)
HUMA 892 - Comprehensive Examination Minor Field I (3 credits)
HUMA 893 - Comprehensive Examination Minor Field II (3 credits)
6 credits – Thesis Proposal
HUMA 894 - Thesis Proposal with Defence (6 credits)
MA or MFA with high standing from a recognized university.
Portfolio (for research-creation applicants).
Research or research-creation proposal.
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 Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.
Late applications: Priority will be given to applications submitted on time. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.
Tuition & funding
The tuition fees of the program may differ depending on your student status. To estimate the cost of your education at Concordia, go through five (5) easy steps.
Competitive funding packages in the form of awards, teaching and research assistantships are offered at the time of admission to most students to allow them to focus on their research and studies. Students are automatically considered for all entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria. No separate application is required.
Craft your own research path and develop unique career trajectories by stepping outside the normal boundaries of research and creation. Draw on the various resources available at the University either within a Faculty or across Faculties.