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¿Qué aprenderé?

The PhD is a research-based thesis degree program which can be taken on a full-time or flexible-time basis. Designed to provide opportunities for advanced study in the theoretical foundations of adult education and community development and in the application of such knowledge to practice, the PhD focuses on learning that happens individually and collectively among adults in communities, workplaces, social movements, the street, and the virtual world—any place where people come together to create social change.

Except for the time to completion, requirements for both the full-time and flexible-time programs are the same. The department welcomes applicants with diverse but relevant backgrounds.

Program Requirements

Coursework. Students must complete 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs), including:

LHA 3102H+​ Doctoral Thesis Seminar (0.5 FCE), recommended to be taken in the first session of the program

At least 1.5 FCEs must be from the Adult Education and Community Development program. Students with little background in the area of Adult Education and Community Development may be required to complete an additional 0.5 FCE providing such background.

At least one research methods course (0.5 FCE).

Comprehensive requirement. Normally, a major paper between 5,000 and 7,000 words in length (including tables, figures, and references), which consists of a comprehensive discussion of one or more literatures and/or debates of significance to Adult Education and Community Development.


Students must register continuously and pay the full-time fee until all degree requirements have been fulfilled.

Students cannot transfer between the full-time and flexible-time PhD options.

Students cannot normally transfer between the EdD and PhD programs.

PhD Program (Flexible-Time Option)

Applicants to the flexible-time option should be active professionals who demonstrate connections between their professional work and their proposed course program, and/or between their professional work and their proposed research. Capacity to secure blocks of time to enable concentrated study is required.

Program Length

6 years

¿En cuál departamento estoy?

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

Opciones de estudio

a tiempo completo (4 )

Costos de estudio
CAD$6.210,00 (US$ 4.821) por año
Fecha de inicio

Esperado Septiembre 2022


University of Toronto

St. George Campus,

27 King's College Circle,


Ontario (ON),

M5S 1A1, Canada

Requerimiento de entrada

Para estudiantes de Estados Unidos

Applicants can admit directly to the doctoral program from a bachelor's degree for highly qualified candidates (minimum average A- required) in some departments. Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL Paper-based Test Overall Score: 580, TWE: 4; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) score of 85, with no part score below 80; Cambridge English Proficiency/Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 76 (with at least 22 in each component and 32 in the writing component).

Para estudiantes internacionales

An appropriate master's degree from a recognized university in a relevant discipline or professional program, with a minimum standing equivalent to a University of Toronto B+.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): The minimum requirement is an overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.0.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The minimum scores required for the different TOEFL tests are:

Internet-based Test:

Minimum Requirement: total score of 100 + 22 on Writing

Discretionary Range: total score 89-99 +19 - 21 on Writing

Cambridge Assessment English C1: Advanced or C2: Proficiency: A minimum overall score of 180, with at least 170 in each component.

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): The minimum score required to meet our English facility requirement is an overall score of 70 and no part below 60.

Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST): The minimum requirement is a total score of 4.5, and no part below 4.

Puede haber diferentes requisitos de IELTS en función del curso elegido.


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