Graduate Programs

Interim Dean of Graduate Studies


Associate Deans





Sir George Williams Campus

Graduate Programs

The graduate programs offered by the University are divided into doctoral, master’s, diploma, certificate, and micro programs. Research-based programs offer students the opportunity to carry out fundamental and applied research. The results of this research are presented in the form of a thesis containing an original contribution to knowledge.

The length and specific format of a doctoral thesis is discipline dependent. All doctoral programs require the passing of comprehensive examinations and a minimum of 90 credits of study. At the master’s level, the University offers a variety of thesis and non‑thesis options. All master’s programs require a minimum of 45 credits. Some master’s programs also have a comprehensive examination.

A graduate diploma typically consists of 30 credits. Diploma programs do not require a thesis, although a graduating essay, project or report may be required.

Graduate certificates usually consist of 15 credits.

Micro programs are an organized group of courses and/or experiences between one and 14 credits that allow students to develop and document professional skills and competencies. These short courses of study verify, validate and attest that students have acquired specific skills and/or competencies.

With the exception of a few cross‑Faculty programs (for example, Individualized Programs – “INDI” – and Humanities), all graduate programs offered by the University are administered by a particular academic department or program in one of the four Faculties of the University. All graduate programs are described in the Graduate Calendar. Each description outlines admission requirements, degree requirements and program options. Please contact the graduate program director for further information.

For a listing of graduate program directors and assistants, please visit:

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