PhD in leadership studies by special arrangement

PhDs are offered by special arrangement only, dependent upon faculty availability. The special arrangement or SPARR PhD program requires department approval before you can apply to Graduate Admissions. Please contact individual faculty members to inquire. 

Please note that we are not taking on any PhD students at this time. 


Applicants must have written agreement from a faculty member willing to supervise the applicant prior to starting the application process.

You will need to submit the following items for the faculty member's consideration:

  1. A formal letter of application
  2. Your curriculum vitae
  3. A sample of your writing
  4. A proposal of your research area/topic
  5. Three letters of reference
  6. Transcripts with a grade point average of 7.0 or A-

Applicants whose first language is not English, and who have not resided in a designated English-speaking country for three years immediately prior to the entry-point applied for, must provide proof of English language proficiency.

If a faculty member is interested in your research and available to supervise you as a new PhD student, then you will be contacted by our department.

Your supervisor would then work jointly with you to develop a formal research proposal. This Special Arrangement Program proposal is then submitted for the approval of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Once your program proposal is approved, then you would be instructed to apply to online for admission to the doctoral program.

Application deadline

Please contact the department before you apply. As each PhD is done by Special Arrangement (SPARR) there is no deadline. However, interested applicants must receive permission to apply from their intended supervisor (please see above). It is recommended that you contact the graduate secretary at  should you have any questions.