Admission to the Ph.D. program will normally require the completion of a thesis-based master's degree in Engineering or a related field. In special circumstances, students who demonstrate exceptional research ability may apply directly to the Ph.D. program upon completion of an undergraduate degree in engineering. Students must satisfy minimum English language requirements, including a TOEFL score of 580 (PBT) or 92 (IBT), or an IELTS minimum overall band of 6.5 (with nothing less than 6 per individual test). Students are also required to meet the minimum standards specified for admission by the UBC Okanagan campus College of Graduate Studies.
The Ph.D. program requires the completion of required coursework, a qualifying examination, the development and defence of a research thesis proposal, and the completion of a research thesis. The number of credits of coursework required depends on the background of the student entering the program and the nature of the intended research project. Selection of courses is made in consultation with the supervisor(s). The coursework completed must satisfy the advisory committee prior to graduation.
It usually takes 36–48 months of full-time study to complete the coursework and thesis requirements of the Ph.D. program. For further program information, see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).