Degree Requirements

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PhD in Information Studies

FCE = Full Course Equivalent
  1. The completion of the following courses (4.0 FCE)
    • INF3001H  Research in Information: Foundations
    • INF3002H  Research in Information: Contemporary Issues 
    • INF3003H  Research in Information: Frameworks and Methods 
    • INF3006Y  Thesis Proposal Preparation 
    • Elective courses worth 1.5 FCE – i.e. 3 half-courses usually
    • Other courses appropriate for your research may also be required
       
  2. Followed by:

Full-time PhD program

  • All requirements must be completed within six (6) years from first enrolment in the program 
  • The customary program length for full-time doctoral study is 4 years 
  

Time For Completion

PhD students must be regularly registered in the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) during each year of their program. 

In order to stay on track for satisfactory progress, a student must: 

  • Complete the core course requirements by the end of Year 1 
  • Complete all 3 (1.5 FCE) required electives prior to the Qualifying Examination 
  • Pass the Qualifying Examination during the 2nd session of INF3006, which is a three-session course 
  • Successfully defend her/his thesis proposal by the fall session of Year 3* 
  • Successfully defend his/her thesis by the end of Year 6 (maximum time limit for full-time students) 
  • In compliance with the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, candidacy must be achieved by the end of Year 3. 

Full-Time Sample Timetable

By the end of Requirements Completed
Year 1
  • INF3001, INF3002, INF3003
  • One or more of the 3 required electives (1.5 FCE)
Year 2
  • INF3006 (three-session course)
  • Required electives completed
  • Qualifying Examination
Year 3
  • Thesis Proposal Examination
  • Candidacy achieved
Year 4
  • Thesis researched, written and defended

Flex-Time PhD Program     The Flex Option for the doctorate is at present under review; no applications will be accepted for the Flex Option for fall 2017.

  • All requirements must be completed within eight (8) years from first enrolment in the program
  • Usual program length for flex-time doctoral study is 6 years
  • Intended for practicing professionals whose employment is related to their intended field of research interest
  • Differs from full-time study in design and delivery, not in requirements
  • Students must spend at least two (2) full-time terms on campus
  • Students must ensure that they spend adequate time on campus for class attendance, and to fulfill all academic requirements for their degree

Time For Completion

PhD students must be regularly registered in the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) during each year of their program.
In order to stay on track for satisfactory progress, a student must:

  • Complete the core course requirements by the end of Year 2
  • Complete all 3 (1.5 FCE) required electives prior to the Qualifying Examination
  • Pass the Qualifying Examination during the 2nd session of INF3006, which is a three-session course
  • Successfully defend her/his thesis proposal by the fall session of Year 4*
  • Successfully defend his/her thesis by the end of Year 8 (maximum time limit for flex-time students)       

* In compliance with the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, candidacy must be achieved by the end of Year 4.

Flex-Time Sample Timetable  The Flex Option for the doctorate is at present under review; no applications will be accepted for the Flex Option for fall 2017.

By the end of Completed Requirements
Year 1
  • INF3001, INF 3002
  • One elective
Year 2
  • INF3003
  • Two electives
Year 3
  • INF3006 (three-session course)
  • Qualifying Examination
Year 4
  • Thesis proposal Examination
  • Candidacy achieved
Years 5-6
  • Thesis researched, written and defended

Time On Campus

Flex-time students must spend at least two full-time terms on campus, and must ensure that they spend adequate time on campus for class attendance and to fulfill all academic requirements for their degree.

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