Admission requirements

Students applying for doctoral degrees are required to hold a master's degree in an appropriate discipline from a recognized university. Applicants must meet the general requirements set out by the Faculty of Graduate Studies in the Graduate Studies calendar. Ordinarily a B+ average (6.0 GPA) in the last two years of university work is a minimum requirement for admission to the program; however, students may request consideration on the basis of life or work experience equivalency. Applications will be reviewed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the SDH Graduate Advisors and other SDH faculty members.

The structure of a student's supervisory committee must meet the requirements set out by the Faculty of Graduate Studies for interdisciplinary students. For doctoral students, two co-supervisors who are members of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, at least one of whom has successfully supervised candidates for graduate degrees in the past, must confirm their willingness to supervise before a student can be admitted. One of the co-supervisors will accept the role of lead co-supervisor. Normally, co-supervisors will come from two different disciplinary affiliations in order to reflect the interdisciplinary spirit of the program. At least one additional faculty member must be added to the supervisory committee following admission. At the time of the thesis defense at least one additional member must be added to the examination committee.

In cases where students have insufficient background in health research, additional coursework may be required as part of the student's program. This will be determined by the SDH Graduate Advisor in consultation with the student's co-supervisors, and communicated to the student in writing at the time of acceptance into the program. These courses will be taken as electives in addition to the 3.0 units of electives required by the SDH program.

After two terms in a UVic master's program, exceptional students may request a transfer to the doctoral program. Such requests are submitted by the supervisory committee to the SDH Graduate Advisor and must be approved by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Additional requirements to be submitted with application:

  • Statement of Intended Study: Details concerning your research interests/plans, reasons for choosing the program, and post-degree plans are often included. Indicate your proposed supervisors (name and email address) and whether each of them has already agreed to supervise you or not. A letter of intent should be no longer than two pages single-spaced.
  • Sample of written work: A recent sample of your written work such as a research paper, essay, published article, thesis chapter, etc.
  • 2 Graduate Assessment reports, ideally completed by former academic supervisors / course instructors
  • Curriculum Vitae. We recommend including at least the following sections: education (previous degrees - include thesis supervisor and titles if applicable); fellowships, honours, and awards (applied or awarded, if any monetary value, indicate amount); presentations and publications (academic and non-academic); other scholarly activities (e.g. relationship/partnership building, capacity-building efforts, unpublished reports); and professional and leadership activities (e.g. peer-reviewing, service/administrative activities, training/supervising/mentoring activities, workshops attended, conference organization, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, community volunteer positions)