The PhD program in the Department of MIE is research-focused: the primary component is research that leads to an original contribution to knowledge, that is presented as a thesis. The research is carried out under the direction of a supervisor, in conjunction with a supervisory committee. All PhD candidates (Canadian and international) receive financial support in the form of fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships.
Exceptionally strong applicants (GPA: A- or higher) with a bachelor’s degree and an appropriate background may apply directly to the PhD program. Direct-entry PhD applicants must be nominated by a professor during the admissions process. The professor must submit a one page summary to the MIE Graduate Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) explaining the reasons for the nomination, putting in perspective the background and any prior experience of the applicant in terms of their ability to handle the PhD program. The professor must also state in the letter whether he or she is willing to accept the student (if successful) into either the MASc or the PhD program, or the PhD program only (with no option for MASc if the student refuses direct admission to PhD).
The Department of MIE also offers a flex-time PhD option, for master’s level engineers employed full-time, who wish to pursue a PhD while continuing to work. Flex-time students are not eligible for financial support.