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Doctoral Admission Requirements


Application for admission to a doctoral program must be made to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Lakehead University by February 1. As an exception, applications for the PhD Clinical Psychology program must be made by December 15, and applications for the Education PhD must be made by November 15. Late applications may be considered for admission, but may not be considered for funding.

Applicants for admission must be graduates of a recognized university and show evidence of scholarly achievement. Except where otherwise stated in the Admission Requirements of a particular program, students must have a Masters degree or its equivalent with an academic average as specified by the academic unit/program. An applicant holding a degree other than one in the discipline area to which admission is sought will be considered on the basis of Master's courses taken and academic standing. A Qualifying Year may be required at the Masters level to meet the admission standards. Courses taken as part of a Qualifying Year cannot be used as credit towards a doctoral degree.

Applicants applying from a university other than Lakehead University must forward official transcripts of their university record and may be required to take an examination, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. No candidate will be admitted unless the academic unit/program recommends admission. All applicants will be advised of their admission status in writing by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.


In programs that allow direct transfer students may enter the Doctoral program after having completed one year of a Master program in a related field. This option is available for students who have obtained a minimum average of 80% in the graduate courses taken to date.  Please see the specific program regulations to determine the additional requirements by program for successful application for direct transfer.


With the consent of the academic unit/program, applicants may be granted Advanced Standing for up to one graduate level full course equivalent at another institution. No advanced credit from previous study will be given for undergraduate courses. Courses credited towards a previous degree or Qualifying Year cannot be considered for Advanced Standing. No credit will be given for a course with a grade lower than ‘B’.

Requests for Advanced Standing must be submitted and approved at the time of admission to the program. To be considered for Advanced Standing, students must submit a formal request to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, along with the official transcript and institutionally prepared course description(s).


Students applying to enter a graduate program, who have previously withdrawn from the same graduate program or have exceeded their period of study, must apply for re-admission to the program and pay the application fee. Students will be credited with previous courses completed and work undertaken towards completion of program requirements at the discretion of the academic unit/program. The academic unit/program may decline to allow previously completed courses to be credited towards the graduate program applied for and/or may require a previous thesis topic to be changed in whole or in part. The decision to re-admit a student is made by the academic unit/program.

The academic regulations and program requirements in effect at the time of re-admission shall apply. If the student is returning to his/her previous program, and had not exceeded is/her period of study, the remaining terms will be available upon readmission, plus a maximum of three consecutive terms. The allowable time-to-completion will include all previous terms in the program. Students who have reached their time limit in the program at the point of re-admission must complete the program within three consecutive terms and will not be eligible for Time Extensions or Leaves of Absence, nor for further readmissions.

Graduate Assistantship (GA) is attached to a student rather than the program being studied. Students may only hold a Master's GA position to a maximum of four terms in total. GA eligiblity does not reset with the completion of or withdrawal from a master's program. Students who completed a master's degree at Lakehead University and are applying to a new master's program, students who withdraw from a master's program and subsequently are readmitted to the same program, or students who partially complete a master's program and are admitted to a new master's program are only eligible to hold GA positions up to four terms regardless of the number of admissions (or readmissions) to master's programs.

Students who withdraw from a Doctoral program and subsequently are readmitted to the same program, or students who partially complete a Doctoral program and are admitted to a new Doctoral program are only eligible to hold GA positions up to eight terms regardless of the number of admissions (or readmissions) to Doctoral programs.  Students who completed a Doctoral degree at Lakehead University and are applying to a new Doctoral or new Master program are eligible for a GA as they are viewed as a new student.