The minimum requirement for admission to the PhD program in either a full-time or part-time capacity is an MA (or a recognized equivalent) in a discipline appropriate to the interdisciplinary strengths of the program. Appropriate disciplines might include English or French Literature, Art History, Film Studies, Musicology/ Ethnomusicology, Comparative Literature, Canadian Studies, Communication, Geography, History, Philosophy, Sociology, Gender Studies.

A minimum grade point average of 10.0 (A-) is normally required of course work completed at the Master’s level.

Applicants who lack an MA (or its recognized equivalent) in an appropriate discipline or who are otherwise judged to lack adequate background preparation will be asked to complete designated course work over and above the course requirements of the PhD program.

Language Proficiency (ESL Test Scores)

For admission into Carleton’s graduate programs, you will need to demonstrate that your knowledge and use of English are strong enough for graduate studies at an English-language university. For a complete list of minimum English-language test scores that Carleton accepts, please visit our English as a Second Language (ESL) website.

English-language proficiency test scores must be taken within the last two years of receipt of your application.

Unofficial copies of your test scores must be uploaded in Carleton Central.

Letters from your universities stating the medium of instruction is English are not acceptable.

If you have studied for the last three years (full-time, non-ESL) in a university in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom or any other country in which the primary language is English and where the language of instruction in the relevant educational institution was exclusively English, you need to complete the Confirmation of Language Proficiency form. You must then save and upload it with your required documents in Carleton Central as Document Type: Language Proficiency.