Dalhousie University - Faculty of Graduate Studies

Faculty of Graduate Studies
Room 314, Henry Hicks Academic Administration Building, 6299 South Street
Halifax, NS
Canada B3H 4H6


Program Information
Faculty: Faculty of Graduate Studies
Degree: Doctorate
Field of Study: Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Description The Interdisciplinary PhD program is designed to meet the needs of an increasing number of highly motivated, experienced, and highly qualified students looking for research opportunities which cut across disciplinary boundaries. In some cases, the research incorporates the insights of two or three traditional disciplines; in others the research itself is in an interdisciplinary field such as environment, health administration, international development, or information management. The following interdisciplinary areas are particularly well represented at the university (the main relevant Faculties are indicated in parentheses): Ocean Studies (Science, Arts & Social Sciences, Law, Management, Engineering); Health Studies (Health Professions, Medicine, Science); Environmental Studies (Management, Health Professions, Arts & Social Sciences, Architecture, Engineering, Law); Management Studies (Management, Health Professions, Law, Arts and Social Sciences); and Health Informatics (Computer Science and Medicine).
Website: Interdisciplinary at Dalhousie University - Faculty of Graduate Studies
Thesis Based? Yes
Length: 3 Year(s)
Cost per year:

This cost estimate is for Year 1 of the program, and includes incidental fees.
Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 600] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 7.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 100]

English is the language of study at Dalhousie; therefore all applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate their capacity to pursue a graduate-level program in English before admission. Dalhousie accepts a number of different English proficiency test scores: Internet-based TOEFL- 100; Written TOEFL - 600; or IELTS - 7.5. Alternatively, a prospective student may enroll in the ESL program with the Dalhousie College of Continuing Education and obtain a grade of at least A on the final stage of that training. The language competency test may be waived if the applicant has completed a degree at a recognized university where the language of instruction is English. The claims must be verified by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Test scores are valid for two years from the date the test was written.

Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Statement of Research Interests
The student should develop, in consultation with at least one faculty member, a tentative program of proposed study, making sure that it: (a) is truly interdisciplinary, and (b) cannot be completed within the framework of a single discipline. The student, in consultation with the potential supervisor, should also prepare a Statement of Interdisciplinary Research Interest, and should discuss the proposed program with appropriate faculty members and obtain written support from a supervisor and two committee members. Applicants are also required to submit three academic reference letters, either through the electronic reference system in the online application or by paper. Please visit the website for complete details.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Last Updated: October 22, 2016