The University of Calgary PhD program is fast becoming one of the most sought after in the country. The progression of our program is attributable to the quality and diversity of our research. We promote student-faculty interaction to ensure students have the best possible chance to excel.
Our PhD program has approximately 45 students currently enrolled and admits between 7 and 15 students every year. Students can expect to complete the program in between 4 and 6 years depending on their academic background.
PhD students are given priority to teaching assistantships and are required to apply for scholarships and funding opportunities applicable to their area of specialization. Our faculty continuously receive funding from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council as well as other agencies. Some members of our faculty also hold Tier I and II Canada Research Chairs. Given the abundance of awards and financial resources, our PhD students have access to a wide variety of research and funding opportunities.
We actively support our job market candidates. Our faculty conduct mock interviews and candidates are encouraged to present their job market papers multiple times in front of all members of the department. We believe our involvement has increased the success of our candidates. In the last few years, our students have earned positions in North America, Europe and Asia.
Our students have access to a plethora of information pertinent to their research and learning through our libraries which includes textbooks, handbooks and journals in all specializations that we offer. We are also home to a federal data center that permits students to apply directly for their own research agendas.
We encourage our senior students to participate in a mentoring program for incoming students. If you are anxious about joining our Economics department, coming to the university, or living in Calgary in general, you can request a mentor to help you adjust to the University of Calgary lifestyle.
Our students have access to a number of recreational facilities including a fully equipped gym, swimming pool, and squash courts. Access to such facilities is included with tuition. Our department holds start of semester welcoming parties, Christmas parties and a variety of social events are carried out by our student graduate association.
We invite you to look further into what the PhD program can offer you. Any additional questions or concerns can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org