Program Requirements

The department might require you to take additional courses, depending on your background.
You must meet the following requirements:

Courses
Compulsory courses

  • EVD8100/EVD 8500 Theory and Practice in Environmental Sustainability (3 units)
  • EVD8901 Research Design and Methods for Environmental Sustainability / Conception recherche et méthodologie pour la recherche en durabilité de l’environnement (3 units)
  • One elective course at the graduate level (3 units)
  • EVD9997 Qualifying Examination
  • EVD9998 PhD Thesis Proposal
  • THD9999 PhD Thesis

Notes

For EVD8901, you must have an active knowledge of English and at least a passive knowledge of French. You can replace EVD8901 with a detailed research methods course related to your research and approved by the thesis advisory committee and program director.

You must complete both the written and oral component of the qualifying examination (QE). The QE evaluation committee, using your research proposal summary (RPS) as a guide, will identify two fields of knowledge related to your proposed research.

You must usually complete the written and oral components of the qualifying exam by the end of your fifth term. If you do not, we consider this a first failure of the qualifying exam and you must register for the qualifying exam in your sixth term. You then have one last opportunity to pass both the written and oral components of the qualifying exam. If you fail either component, you are deemed to have failed the qualifying exam for the second time and must withdraw from the program.

Thesis advisory committee

Your thesis advisory committee normally includes the following:

  • professors from at least two substantively different disciplines (such as, but not limited to, economics, science, law, policy, engineering, health sciences, geography or management)
  • a non-academic stakeholder who can provide practical mentorship and encourage a link between research and practice, where appropriate

Course progress

PhD

Fall

Winter

Spring/Summer

Year 1

  • All students must take EVD8100 Theory and Practice for Environmental Sustainability / EVD8500 Théorie et pratique en durabilité de l’environnement.
     
  • All students prepare the research proposal summary (RPS) for the qualifying examination (QE), and organize a meeting with their thesis advisory committee (TAC) at the end of the first term.

 

  • Possible elective

 

  • All students receive feedback from their thesis advisory committee regarding the research proposal summary. In some cases, the TAC will identify knowledge gaps, and recommend a combination of the following to fill them:
    • additional coursework
    • independent research
    • suggested articles to review
  • All students continue to work on a “final” RPS to submit to the QE evaluation committee.
     
  • All students must take EVD8901 Research Design and Methods for Environmental Sustainability / Conception de recherche et méthodologie pour la recherche en durabilité de l’environnement.[1]
     
  • Possible elective
     
  • Possible additional coursework (if TAC determines a need)

 

  • Possible elective
     
  • Possible additional coursework
     
  • Possible approval of the final RPS by the TAC, and TAC support to request the QE for fall of year 2

 

Year 2

  • Possible additional coursework*
     
  • Possible approval of the research proposal summary (RPS) by the thesis advisory committee (TAC), and TAC support to request the QE for winter, year 2

    OR
     
  • Qualifying examination
    (if the TAC approves the request for the QE)
     

*You should not take additional coursework at the same time as the QE.

  • Last opportunity to get TAC approval of the RPS to complete the QE in the spring-summer term, year 2. **
     
  • Qualifying examination
    (If TAC approved the request for the QE)

 

OR

 

  • Thesis research proposal
    (If QE is successfully completed)

 

**If you fail to complete the qualifying exam (QE) by the end of your fifth term, you receive a first failure. You can take the QE in your sixth term. However, you must pass both the written and oral component on your first try or withdraw from the program.

  • Last opportunity to take the qualifying examination***

 

OR

 

  • Thesis research proposal
    (if you pass the QE)

 

OR

 

  • Thesis research
    (if thesis proposal is successfully completed)

 

*** You must pass both the written and oral component on your first try or withdraw from the program.

Year 3

Thesis research and writing

Thesis research and writing

Thesis research and writing

Year 4

Thesis research and writing

Thesis research and writing

Thesis submission and defence

All students follow the same academic path in terms of coursework, preparing the research proposal summary, writing and defending the written and oral qualifying exams, writing the thesis proposal and completing the thesis.


[1] You might want to substitute a different course for EVD8901, either for pedagogical reasons (e.g., you need a more advanced methods course) or to complete the program in French or English only. If so, you can replace EVD8901 with a relevant research methods course offered by another academic unit.

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