Doctoral Program Requirements

PhD Program Structure

Designed to complement your individual background and research objectives, the PhD program consists of the following elements:

  • qualifying exams
  • research proposal submission and defence
  • dissertation and oral defence

All incoming students are required to complete the doctoral component of GEOG 600, a seminar on graduate studies in Geography, offered each Fall term.

Please see the SFU Academic Calender for detailed PhD program requirements

PhD Timeline


Note - the timeline items listed above will vary with each student's program.  Please check with your supervisor for specific details.

Geography Graduate Handbook

For comprehensive details on the structure of the Doctoral program and the requirements for completion, please see the Geography Graduate Handbook.