UTM, Interactive Digital Media (Specialist), Honours Bachelor of Arts / Master of Information

UTM IDM (Spec) HBA / MI: Introduction

Effective January 1, 2020, this combined degree program is closed.


The Combined Degree Program (CDP): UTM, H​onours Bachelor of Arts, Specialist in Interactive Digital Media / Master of Information allows students to complete both degrees in 5.5 years rather than the 6 years i​t would take to acquire them independently.

Applicants must select one of the following concentrations when they apply to the MI program: Critical In​formatio​n Policy Studies; Culture and Technology; Information Systems and Design; Knowledge Management and Information Management; User Experience Design. Visit the program website for more details on the concentrations.

​For a general description of CDPs, see General Regulations section 1.4​.3​.​


UTM, Honours Bachelor of Arts, Specialist in Interactive Digital Media / Master of Information

Interactive Digital Media Program
Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology
Web: www.utm.utoronto.ca/iccit/institute-communication-culture-information-and-technology
Email: ​iccit.utm@utoronto.ca

Master of Information Program
Faculty of Information
Web: http://ischool.utoronto.ca/future-students/apply/mi-apply/
Email: inquire@ischool.utoronto.ca

UTM IDM (Spec) HBA / MI: Application Process

  • Applicants must apply to the Honours Bachelor of Arts (HBA) program, the MI program, and the CDP.

  • Applicants must gain independent admission to both the HBA and MI programs before they may be considered for admission to the CDP.

  • Qualified students in Year 3 of the HBA program may apply to the MI program; those accepted will receive a conditional offer to start the MI program when the HBA program requirements have been completed.

UTM IDM (Spec) HBA / MI: Requirements

​Minimum Admission Requirements

  • ​Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the HBA program, the School of Graduate Studies, and the MI program.

  • Students must be enrolled full-time in the HBA program and be in good standing in the HBA program with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of no less than 3.7 in Year 2. Students are expected to carry a full course load of 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) each year.

  • For admission to the MI program, students must:

    • maintain an A- average (CGPA 3.7) or higher in Year 3 and Year 4 of the HBA program,

    • complete HBA program requirements, and

    • demonstrate HBA degree conferral.

​Academic Path to Completion​

​Every CDP involves a specific combination of approved degree programs. The CDP requirements build on those of the two separate degree programs. Each CDP has a unique pattern of academic activity year by year.​

Year Progression Specific Requirements
​1 to 4
  • Complete 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) each year towards the HBA degree.​
  • In Year 4, complete 2.0 FCEs in Information courses, which count towards the HBA program requirements.
  • In Years 1 to 3, complete all 5.0 FCEs each year towards the HBA program requirements.
  • In Year 3 of the HBA program, receive a conditional offer of admission to the MI program.
  • ​In Years 3 and 4, complete any remaining HBA program requirements, with 2.0 FCEs taken from the MI program counting towards the overall HBA program requirements. Complete the 2.0 FCEs from the MI program as follows: INF 1005H and INF 1006H (0.25 FCE each), and 1.5 FCEs from one of the MI concentrations. For details on the concentrations, see the Information calendar entry or visit the Faculty of Information website.
5 and 6
  • ​​Students complete 6.0 FCEs in MI program requirements.
  • In Years 5 and 6, complete the remaining 6.0 FCEs required for the selected MI concentration. Please see the Information calendar entry for full course requirements.​