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Department of Physics and Astronomy

Science B 605
University of Calgary
2500 University Dr NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Canada
Tel: (403) 220-5385

Gerri Evans

Graduate Application Enquiries
Tel: (403) 220-3618

Tracy Korsgaard

Graduate Program Coordinator
Tel: (403) 220-3617

FAQ for Faculty

Important Program Timelines for your students.

To see a visual timeline of MSC and PHD thesis based degrees with important dates and milestones, please visit the Program Timelines page.

What am I expected to pay for one graduate student per year?

For students without major scholarships, the department will pay 1.0 and 0.5 Teaching Assistantships (TA) during the fall/winter terms.  As a supervisor you are required to top-up the student's pay during the term they are receiving the 0.5 TA. For MSC and PhD students, the minimum top-up is $11,500 per year. 

If I am on sabbatical and my student is going to defend, do I need to be there in person?

"Before the leave commences, the supervisor, the interim supervisor (if applicable), the student and the Graduate Coordinator, must decide where the various responsibilities lie. A written record of the decisions must be kept at the program level. It must be noted that the attendance of the supervisor at an oral examination is non-delegable. The supervisor must make arrangements, if necessary at his or her personal expense, to attend the oral examination (candidacy or final oral) of his or her student if the examination occurs during the period of leave."