Doctor of Design (DDes) Admissions

Applications are accepted September 1 through February 28

Doctor of Design (DDes)

Applications for the Doctor of Design program are accepted between September 1 and February 28. Students can follow along in  the UCalgary Student Centre to see if any documentation is missing. Decision from the selection committee will be provided by end of April. The application process is competitive, and unfortunately not all qualified applicants meeting the requirements may be admitted. Refer to the University of Calgary Calendar and the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar for further information on admissions.

Admission requirements

A professional design degree from an accredited school.

5-7 years of professional experience in their discipline.

A minimum of 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

Application materials

The application is a two-step process. Submit your biographical information, degree information and referee information through the online application form. You'll also be prompted to pay your application fee during this process.

Once you've submitted the form you'll receive an email with instructions on where to upload supporting documents (transcripts, portfolio, research proposal, CV, etc.).

Create an eID to log in. If you already have an eID, you can begin your online application

Once in the system, select "School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape", then select the degree. 

Remember to click 'Save & Continue' often to ensure your application is saved.

Provide one official transcript from all post-secondary institutions attended. If you attended University of Calgary, you do not need to submit a transcript for that/those degree(s). Transcripts can be sent directly to the University of Calgary from the institution, or you can bundle and send together. All envelopes must be sealed and signed.

If you attended university in another country, review international admissions requirements.

Deliver official transcripts to:

Faculty of Graduate Studies, ES 1010
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, Canada, T2N 1N4

If your post-secondary institution has the capacity to email official transcripts, they should now be sent directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at must be emailed by the school, transcripts emailed by the applicant will not be accepted.

A digital portfolio providing examples of or illustrating the applicant's design work, professional work, consulting reports, policy reviews, research, creative thinking, community action, planning products, or graphics and visual communication.

Provide two referees, with names and contact information, both phone and email, in your online application. Once your online form has been submitted, referees will be provided a link via email to complete an online reference.

  • Research Proposal. The statement must include the following sections: researcher background, context of the research proposal, research questions, and broader impacts of the proposed research. Indicate potential supervisors and/or committee members, and whether they have been contacted. Maximum 2500 words.
  • Curriculum Vitae

The non-refundable application fee is CDN $125 for Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and CDN $145 for international students attending on a Study Permit.

Additional Requirements

Applicants may be required to participate in a formal interview.

Tuition and Fees

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Scholarships and Awards

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