Welcome From The Dean

Who we are

I would like to welcome you to Graduate Studies at Lakehead University.  Our programs and researchers will provide you with a scholarly environment in which you can pursue your interests and intellectual development.  We are a comprehensive university that works hard to attract and retain students at all levels, particularly those who select us to pursue a Master's or a Doctoral degree.  Come join our more than 600 graduate students as you pursue your own academic advancement.

Graduate study prepares individuals for a lifetime of self-directed learning and critical enquiry, skills that are necessary for success in a wealth of professional roles.  We'll see that you're well equipped with the specialty knowledge, skills, and competencies your chosen field requires for a lifetime of success.

Lakehead currently offers 32 graduate programs in both academic and professional disciplines.  Our newest program is the PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering which adds to our growing list of unique interdisciplinary programs at the Doctoral level.  We also offer interdisciplinary graduate program at the Master’s level such as Northern Environments and Cultures, along with many other more traditional Masters programs.  

Resources Available to You

Our facilities include, but are not limited to, the Advanced Technology & Academic Centre which revolutionizes the interface of learning and technology, the Paleo-DNA Laboratory, the Lakehead University Centre for Analytical Services, a state-of-the-art Instrumentation Laboratory, and a Virtual Reality Research Laboratory.

A recent Re$earch Infosource Inc. (Nov 2013) announcement again placed Lakehead within the top two-thirds of Canada's "Top-50 Research Universities".  We grew our level of sponsored research income by over 7.3% from 2011-12, an excellent accomplishment when almost 50% of the other universities ranked above us showed negative growth results.  Lakehead currently ranks 31st in research intensity.  Compare the percent change of this number today, with that recorded a decade ago: Lakehead boasts a 272.7% increase in research-intensity growth from 1999-2009.  Our faculty secured over $23.9 million in research funding for FY 2011, while the University itself granted nearly $8 million in awards and scholarships to our students.  We're more determined than ever this year to improve on those considerable successes.

What Sets Lakehead Apart From All Other Universities

At Lakehead you'll benefit from world-class researchers that work closely with their students.  Graduate students in our programs come from locations all over the world, giving our programs a local and international flavour all at once.  As a graduate student you will find yourself in a truly unique position as a student, a researcher and a teacher all at once.  I encourage you to look through the degrees that we offer and look forward to having you join us at Lakehead University.


Dr. Chander Shahi
Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies