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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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The application deadline for Fall 2024 entrance is Dec 15th, 2023.  
ALL applications and supporting documentation must be submitted by this date.


Please see the university's tuition and fees page for current rates.  Doctorate programs at Ontario Tech are flat-free programs where students pay a set amount for each year.  For 2024-25, the anticipated fee is approximately $10,500 per year.


A list of funding options can be found here.


EdD applicants may pursue admission under the general admission requirements for doctoral programs at Ontario Tech University. These are:

  • Completion of a research project or thesis-based master's level degree from a recognized institution in the same area of graduate study or a closely related subject
  • A minimum B+ average (GPA: 3.3 on a 4.3 scale)
  • Applicants’ educational professional practice will be considered in the admissions process

EdD applicants may be admitted with a course-based master's level degree from a recognized institution in education or a closely related subject. Applicants who hold a course-based master's will be required to show evidence of their ability to:

  • Define a research question or problem
  • Devise a research design; and
  • Analyze and report research findings in an academically rigorous manner, such as a major academic paper

This evidence may include professional documents that demonstrate the ability to conduct and report on research at a graduate level (e.g., published peer-reviewed journal article(s), a qualifying research paper).

Application Documents

To apply, applicants should prepare a portfolio consisting of all of the following:

  • A commitment from a thesis supervisor (see the Finding a Supervisor instructions below)
  • A completed application form
  • One official or institution-certified copy of each previous undergraduate and graduate transcript
  • A photocopy of the applicant’s degree parchment(s)
  • Proof of English proficiency if the applicant’s first language is not English (see language requirement section below)
  • A two- to three-page statement of academic intent
  • A curriculum vitae (CV)
  • At least two letters of reference. Academic referees are preferred; however, non-academic referees’ letters will be considered.
  • A substantive writing sample. A sample of the applicant's MA thesis is optimal. However, a sample from any published work (with the applicant as the first author) would suffice if a thesis was not completed or pursued

Finding a Supervisor

Step 1. All applicants will be required to identify a proposed thesis supervisor in the admissions process. To find a potential supervisor, please review the following resources

Step 2. Applicants must contact and meet with potential supervisors as part of the application process in order to assess whether there is appropriate support for their potential thesis research. The match between a student’s qualifications and area of interest, and the expertise of faculty available for supervision, are critical criteria for admission. 

To Apply

Applications for admission to all graduate studies programs are submitted online. There are five steps you must go through to complete the application process.

See the application process and requirements for step-by-step instructions.