The PhD in the Individualized Program (INDI) gives you the opportunity to design your own research goals in areas not covered by existing graduate programs and explore topics outside the normal boundaries of research and creation. Under the mentorship of a supervisory committee, you will have access to resources across faculties, integrate concepts and methodologies from various disciplines, and develop innovative solutions to your most critical challenges. Join a diverse community of students and experience the best Montreal has to offer as a hub for innovation and culture. Benefit from a comprehensive set of research units in areas as diverse as game studies and design, preventative health and synthetic biology, and build a tailored program to find success in a variety of professional careers in and outside of academia.
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits.
18 credits – 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.
3 credits – Doctoral Comprehensive Examination
INDI 885 - Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (3 credits)
3 credits – Doctoral Thesis Proposal
INDI 887 - Doctoral Thesis Proposal (3 credits)
66 credits – Doctoral Research and Thesis
INDI 890 - Doctoral Research and Thesis (66 credits)
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 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.