Doctoral or Ph.D. Programs

Canadian universities and graduate schools are increasingly becoming the first choice for international students wishing to study at the highest level due to reasonably priced tuition fees, living costs, and strict quality control of the Doctoral programs. A doctoral degree in Canada requires the successful completion of original research and the defense of a thesis that makes a substantial contribution to the advance of knowledge in a student’s chosen field of study.
In Canada, typically a doctorate takes four years to complete, although a longer period of directed research and writing is often required to complete the doctoral thesis. If you already hold a master’s degree, you may be able to complete a doctorate in the same subject area with two to three years of additional full-time study.

Research-Intensive Canadian Universities

Canada has a group of leading universities and colleges known as the Group of Thirteen (G13), which are most research-intensive and specialized in offering joint research programs. These are:

  • University of Alberta
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Calgary
  • Dalhousie University
  • Laval University
  • McGill University
  • McMaster University
  • University of Montréal
  • University of Ottawa
  • Queen’s University
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Western Ontario

Besides, a range of other Canadian universities are equally reputable and offer doctoral programs across a broad range of academic subject areas.


Below is a general list of documents require applying for admission in a doctoral program in Canada:

  • Valid Passport, CV
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Master’s Degree
  • Transcripts
  • Reference Letters
  • Financial Statement