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Individualized Interdisciplinary Studies

Doctor of Philosophy

Individualized interdisciplinary studies doctor of philosophy program is for students who wish to pursue a doctoral degree and their proposed course of studies is interdisciplinary in nature and cannot be pursued in any one existing program. The home department is normally the department of the proposed supervisor and will provide the applicant with a mailbox and access to other services and facilities normally available to students enrolled in graduate programs in that department. Students, together with their supervisors, will create a customized interdisciplinary program plan that reflects the individualized aspect of the program prior to admission.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements as stated in Graduate General Regulation 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. Application information and additional admission requirements are available from the Individualized Interdisciplinary Studies website. Applicants should have a completed master's degree in a field related to their intended home department.

Program Requirements

This program consists of course work, a comprehensive examination and a thesis for a minimum of 30 units. Course work must be from at least two different SFU academic units.

Students must complete two graduate on-campus courses

and two additional graduate courses

and a comprehensive examination

INS 890 - Comprehensive Exam (0)

Students must pass a comprehensive examination. The structure of the examination will be determined by the supervisory committee. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: Permission of the department.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 TBD
G200 TBD
G300 TBD

and a thesis

INS 899 - PhD Thesis (18)

Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 TBD
G200 TBD
G300 TBD

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program in 12 terms.

Other Information


Students are required to have their supervisory committee formed prior to applying into the program. The committee has to consist of at least two additional committee members besides the supervisor, one of which needs to be from a different department.

Graduate Progress Report

Students are required to complete the Graduate Progress Report annually and submit it by the indicated deadline in order to receive internal funding or awards.

Course Work

Students must follow their approved program plan from admission. Any substitutions to the plan need to be approved prior to the change. All Directed Readings (maximum of two) must be taken through INS.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.