DDes Admissions

Doctor of Design (DDes) Admissions

Application deadline is May 31, 2024

Doctor of Design (DDes)

Applications for the Doctor of Design program are accepted between September 1 and May 31. Requests to submit an application after the deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All applicants admitted to the DDes program typically start in the fall term. Decisions from the selection committee will be provided by end of July. The application process is competitive, and unfortunately not all qualified applicants meeting the requirements will be admitted. 

Two-step application process: 

  1. Complete an online application form: Submit your biographical, education, and referee information. Referees will receive an automated email (with a link and instructions to complete the online reference) once your application form is submitted. You'll also be prompted to pay your application fee during this process. 
  2. Upload application materials to your online UCalgary Student Centre via MyUCalgary: You'll receive an email with instructions on accessing your Student Centre. This is where you can check your application status. 

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.

A minimum of 10 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

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.

Once your application has been submitted, you will be required to upload unofficial transcripts from each of the post-secondary institutions you have attended. International students will also be required to include provisional and degree certificates along with your transcripts (where applicable/available). If your application is successful, final official transcripts will be requested with your offer of admission.

If admitted, you must provide one official transcript (and degree certificates from those institutions that do not indicate the awarding of degrees on the transcript) from all post-secondary institutions attended, regardless of the number of courses taken or the amount of time spent there. Transcripts and degree certificates issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by certified, word-for-word English translations.

To be considered official, all academic records must be sent directly to the University of Calgary from the institution and received in envelopes that have been sealed and endorsed by the issuing institution. If you have transcripts from multiple institutions, you may bundle the sealed and signed envelopes (unopened) in one package. Students and graduates from the University of Calgary do not have to submit official transcripts. If you attended university in another country, review international admissions requirements.

Physical or electronic copies of your official transcripts can be submitted:

A) Send physical official transcripts to the following address:
Faculty of Graduate Studies, ES 1010
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, Canada, T2N 1N4

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

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.

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. The deadline for references is one week after the application deadline.

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.

A summary of your experiences in education, work, volunteering, and other relevant areas. 

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Applicants may be required to participate in a formal interview.

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