Doctor of Design (DDes)
Applications for the Doctor of Design program are accepted between September 1 and February 28. 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 May. The application process is competitive, and unfortunately not all qualified applicants meeting the requirements will be admitted.
For our thesis programs, we can only offer admission to applicants who we can match with a supervisor, thus the importance of your statement of research interest. We don’t require applicants have a confirmed supervisor upon application, however it’s strongly recommended to reach out to any professors whose research interests match yours. You will be asked to list the names of a few professors you feel are a good fit in your online application form.
Two-step application process:
- 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.
- 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.
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:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 105.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.5.
- Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 59, or higher (Academic version).
- Canadian Academic English Language test (CAEL) score of 70 with no section less than 70.
- Academic Communication Certificate (ACC) score of A- in each course.
- On a temporary basis, the University of Calgary will accept both the Duolingo English Test and the TOEFL IBT Home Edition specifically for admission to graduate programs with start dates through Summer 2024.
- The minimum Duolingo test score required is 135.
- The minimum TOEFL IBT Home Edition score required is 105.
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 email@example.com. These 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 - March 7.
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.
Applicants may be required to participate in a formal interview.
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