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Information: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Faculty Affiliation

Information

Degree Programs​

Information

​​MI
Concentra​tions:
Archives and Records Management (ARM)
Critical Information Policy Studies (CIPS)
Culture and Technology (C&T)
Information Systems and Design (ISD)
Knowledge Management and Information Management (KMIM)
Library and Information Science (LIS)
User Experience Design (UXD)
​Concurrent Registra​tion Option (MI / MMSt)​​

Information Studies

​PhD​​
Concentra​tions:
​Archives and Records Management
Critical Information Policy Studies
Cultural Heritage
Information Systems and Design
Knowledge Management and Information Management
Library and Information Science
Philosophy of Information​​

Museum Studies

​MMSt
​Concurrent Regist​ration Option (MMSt / MI)​​​

Combined Degree Programs

Diploma Program

Information Studies

​​Graduate Diploma of Advanced Study in Information Studies (GDiplSt, a post-master's diploma)​

Collaborative Specializations

The following collaborative specializations are available to students in participating degree programs as listed below:

  1. Addiction Studies
    • Information, MI
    • Information Studies, PhD
  2. Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course
    • Information, MI
    • Information Studies, PhD
  3. Book History and Print Culture
    • Information, MI
    • Information Studies, PhD
    • Museum Studies, MMSt
  4. Environmental Studies
    • Information, MI
    • Information Studies, PhD
  5. Jewish Studies
    • Information, MI
    • Information Studies, PhD
    • M​useum Studies, MMSt
  6. Knowledge Media Design
    • Information, MI
    • Information Studies, PhD
    • Museum Studies, MMSt
  7. Sexual Diversity Studies
    • Information, MI
    • Information Studies, PhD
    • Museum Studies, MMSt
  8. Women and Gender Studies
    • Information, MI
    • Information Studies, PhD
  9. Women's Health
    • Information, MI
    • Information Studies, PhD

Overview

Located in the heart of Canada’s most diverse and dynamic city, the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto is one of the world’s most important information and knowledge management schools. The Faculty of Information studies information and asks tough questions for the benefit of society and their students. Its programs are led by internationally recognized faculty from multiple disciplines and offer students exceptional research and career opportunities.

The Faculty of Information combines strengths in the stewardship and curation of cultural heritage (libraries, archives, and museums) with leadership in the future of information practice as society is transformed by the rise of digital technologies. Learning is enriched at the Faculty of Information, which operates at the crossroads of people, information, and technology. Faculty interests are diverse, examining information and communication phenomena of all kinds.

There are opportunities to pursue double concentrations, double degrees and collaborative specializations with other University of Toronto Faculties in areas such as Book History and Print Culture, Sexual Diversity Studies, or Women's Health. Students can contribute to an interdisciplinary research institute, public exhibitions, and an annual graduate student conference.

Contact and Address

Web: www.ischool.utoronto.ca
General email: inquire@ischool.utoronto.ca
Admissions email: admissions.ischool@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-3234
Fax: (416) 978-5762

Faculty of Information
University of Toronto
140 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G6
Canada

Information: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Andritsos, Periklis - BSc, MSc, PhD, PhD
Becker, Christoph - BSc, MSc, DSc
Boase, Jeffrey - BA, MA, PhD
Brower, Matthew - PhD
Burchell, Kenzie - BA, MSA, PhD
Caidi, Nadia - PhD
Caraway, Brett - BA, MA, PhD
Chignell, Mark - BSc, PhD
Choo, Chun Wei - BA, MSc, PhD
Cowan, Theresa - BA, MA, PhD
Dallas, Constantinos - BA, MPH, PhD, PhD
Delfanti, Alessandro - PhD
Dilevko, Juris - MLIS, MA, PhD, PhD
Duff, Wendy - BA, BA, MLS, PhD (Dean)
Foscarini, Fiorella - PhD
Galey, Alan - PhD
Grimes, Sara - PhD
Hanna, Alex - BS, BA, MS
Hartel, Jenna - PhD
Howarth, Lynne - BA, MLS, PhD
Keilty, Patrick - BA, MLIS, PhD
Krmpotich, Cara - PhD
Lyons, Kelly - BSc, MSc, PhD
MacNeil, Heather - PhD
McArthur, Victoria - BA, MA
McEwen, Rhonda - PhD
Mihalache, Irina - BA, MA, PhD
Munteanu, Cosmin - MSc, MASc, PhD
Nieborg, David Bartzoon - PhD
Packer, Jeremy - BA, MA, PhD
Petit, Michael - BA, MA, PhD
Phillips, David - PhD
Ratto, Matthew - PhD
Ross, Seamus - BA, MA, DPhil
Shade, Leslie - BA, MLIS, PhD
Sharma, Sarah - BA, MA, PhD
Smith, Brian Cantwell - BS, MS, PhD
Stanbridge, Alan - BSc, AM, DA
Stevenson, Siobhan - PhD
Yu, Eric - BSc, MMath, PhD

Members Emeriti

Clement, Andrew - BSc, MSc, PhD
Craig, Barbara - AM, PhD
Fleming, E Patricia - BA, BLS, MLS
Williamson, Nancy - BA, BLS, MLS

Associate Members

Carding, Janet - MA
Castle, Christine - PhD
Gibson, Twyla - PhD
Ilerbaig-Adell, Juan - PhD
Kim, Yunhyong - PhD
McLaughlin, Hooley - BA, MS, PhD
Scheffel-Dunand, Dominique - BA, MA
Soren, Barbara - BPHE, BEd, MSc(T), PhD
St-Cyr, Olivier - PhD
Szigeti, Stephen - PhD
Takhteyev, Yuri - PhD

Information: Information MI

Master of Information

Program Description

The MI program allows students to explore the breadth of information and to focus on one or more areas of study. Students may choose one of two pathways to completion:

  • ​​​​​​​concentration pathway: students choose one or two of seven concentrations and may complete:

    • concentration(s) only,​​

    • concentration(s) plus a thesis, or

    • concentration(s) plus a co-op (CCO)

  • general program pathway: students do not choose a formal concentration and may complete:​

    • coursework only,

    • coursework plus a thesis, or

    • coursework plus a co-op

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Application deadlines are availa​ble on the Faculty of Information website. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree with at least a B average (3.0 GPA) from a university recognized by the University of Toronto. Generally, successful applicants hold an academic level of B+ (3.3 GPA) or higher in the final year.

  • The bachelor's degree must normally contain at least 75% academic credits—​that is, courses that are not professional, practical, technical, or vocational. Courses such as studio art, drama or music performance, theology, education, or undergraduate courses in library science are not normally considered to be sufficiently academic in content for admission purposes.

  • Applicants who meet current admission requirements and who hold a BLS degree from the University of Toronto, or its equivalent from an approved university, may be admitted to the MI program with advanced standing. Such students may be required to take additional courses if certain requisite instruction is lacking.

  • Applicants who have satisfactory standing in an undergraduate program and who have successfully completed information studies graduate courses in programs equivalent to the University of Toronto MI program may also apply for admission with advanced standing. Each application will be evaluated individually. At least 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) towards the MI degree must be taken at the University of Toronto.

  • All incoming graduate students must have a good command of English. All applicants educated outside Canada whose primary language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language. This requirement is a condition of admission and must be met before an offer of admission is made. The English language requirement may be satisfied using one of the following tests:

    1. ​​​​​​​​​Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with the following minimum scores:

      • paper-based TOEFL exam: 600 with 5.5 on the Test of Written English (TWE)

      • Internet-based TOEFL exam: 107/120 with 24/30 on the speaking section and 27/30 on the writing section​.

    2. Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum required score of 95.

    3. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum required score of 8.0.

    4. English Language Diagnosis and Assessment (ELDA)/Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE) with a minimum required score of 6 and at least 3 in the writing portion.​

​Concentration-Plus-Co-operative Option (CCO)
  • To be considered for th​e CCO, Year 1 full-time MI program students must apply during the first (Fall) session of Year 1. For more information, visit the MI web page. Acceptance is limited and not guaranteed. Inquiries about the CCO may be emailed to ischool.coop@utoronto.ca.

​Concurrent Registration Option (CRO)​
  • ​Master of Information/Master of Museum Studies degree programs. Applicants interested in completing the Master of Information and the Master of Museum Studies degree programs concurrently must apply to and be accepted into each program separately and receive approval from the Graduate Coordinator in each program. Applicants should indicate interest in the concurrent registration option at the time of application to the second of the two programs.

​​Concentration-Plus-Executive-Delivery Option (​​​​​​ISD Only)
  • Applicants interested in completing the Master of Information degree in the executive delivery option must submit application documents (transcript, a minimum of two references, personal statement). For more information, visit the MI web page.

  • A third letter, from the applicant's current place of employment, will be required as a condition of admission. This letter must confirm supervisory support and the intent to complete the required workplace project.

  • Proof of employment (minimum two years) full-time (35 hours a week) in an area that requires interacting with the creation and design of information systems (ISD).

​Program Requirements

  • The minimum requirement is completion of 8.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs), regardless of pathway or option therein.

  • All students must successfully complete all degree requirements as outlined for either the concentration pathway or for the general program pathway.

​​Concentration Pathway
  • The Faculty of Information offers seven concentrations leading to the MI degree:

    1. Archives and Records Management​

    2. Critical Information Policy Studies​

    3. Culture and Technology​

    4. Information Systems and Design​

    5. Knowledge Management and Information Management​

    6. Library and Information Science

    7. User Experience Design​

  • Each concentration requires a total of 8.0 FCEs.

  • Concentration-only option:

    • ​​​​​​​Two quarter-weight core courses (0.5 FCE total).

    • Four or five required half courses depending on the concentration (2.0 or 2.5 FCEs total, depending on the concentration).

    • Plus 10 or 11 additional elective half courses (5.0 or 5.5 FCEs total, depending on the concentration).

  • ​​​​Concentration-plus-thesis option:
    ​The thesis option allows students to gain experience in developing and executing a research project from beginning to end. Students gain familiarity with the research process and hone their research skills. The thesis option is designed for students who have a clearly defined topic, can find a supervisor, and can meet tight deadlines in order to graduate within the usual time frame envisioned for the degree.

    • ​​Two quarter-weight core courses (0.5 FCE total).

    • Five required half courses (2.5 FCEs total, specific to each concentration). The exception is Library and Information Science, which has four required half courses (2.0 FCEs).

    • One research methods course (0.5 FCE total).

    • One reading course (0.5 FCE total).

    • A thesis (2.0 FCEs total).

    • Plus four additional elective half courses (2.0 FCEs total, specific to each concentration). The exception is Library and Information Science, which requires five additional elective half courses (2.5 FCEs total).

    • Faculty approval is required to enter the thesis option. Visit the MI web page for information on how to gain Faculty approval.

    • For information about completing a thesis in the General Pathway, please see the General Pathway program requirements below.

  • ​Concentration-plus-co-op option:

    • ​​​Two quarter-weight core courses (0.5 FCE total).

    • Five required half courses (2.5 FCEs total, specific to each concentration). The exception is Library and Information Science, which requires four half courses (2.0 FCEs total).

    • INF 3900H Workplace Integrated Learning (0.5 FCE).

    • One 24-week or two 12-week co-op placement courses (1.0 FCE total).

    • Plus seven additional elective half courses (3.5 FCEs total, specific to each concentration).​ The exception is Library and Information Science, which requires eight additional elective half courses (4.0 FCEs total.)

  • ​Concentration-plus-executive-delivery option (ISD only): 
    The executive delivery option is specifically for students who are full-time working professionals and who have the support of their employer to participate in an executi​​ve program delivery model. This option is currently only available for the Information Systems & Design (ISD) concentration.

    • ​Two quarter-weight core courses: INF 1005H and INF 1006H (0.5 FCE total).

    • Five required half courses: INF 1340H, INF 1341H, INF 1342H, INF 1343H, and INF 2177H (2.5 FCEs total).

    • INF 3910Y Work Placement Project 1.0 FCE), to be taken after the core and required courses are completed.

    • Plus eight additional elective half courses (4.0 FCEs total).

​​Concentration: Archives and Records Management (ARM)
  • 0.5 core FCE (INF 1005H and 1006H).

  • 2.5 required FCEs (INF 1003H, INF 1330H, INF 1331H or INF 2186H, INF 2175H, and INF 2184H).

  • 5.0 elective FCEs or
    co-op (1.0 FCE), INF 3900H (0.0 FCE), and 4.0 elective FCEs or
    thesis (2.0 FCEs), research methods course (0.5 FCE), and reading course (0.5 FCE) plus ​2.0 elective FCEs​.

​Concentration: Critical Information Policy Studies (CIPS)
  • 0.5 core FCE (INF 1005H and 1006H).

  • 2.5 required FCEs (INF 1001H, INF 2181H, INF 2240H, INF 2243H, and INF 2242H).

  • 5.0 elective FCEs or
    co-op (1.0 FCE), INF 3900H (0.0 FCE), and 4.0 elective FCEs or
    thesis (2.0 FCEs), research methods course (0.5 FCE), and reading course (0.5 FCE) plus 2.0 elective FCEs.

Conc​entration: Culture and Technology (C&T)
  • 0.5 core FCE (INF 1005H and 1006H).

  • 2.5 required FCEs (INF 1501H, INF 1502H, INF 2241H, INF 2243H, and either INF 2331H or INF 2320H​).

  • 5.0 elective FCEs or
    co-op (1.0 FCE), INF 3900H (0.0 FCE), and 4.0 elective FCEs or
    thesis (2.0 FCEs), research methods course (0.5 FCE), and reading course (0.5 FCE) plus 2.0 elective FCEs.

​Concentration: Information Systems and Design (ISD)
  • 0.5 core FCE (INF 1005H and 1006H).

  • 2.5 required FCEs (INF 1340H, INF 1341H, INF 1342H, INF 1343H, and INF 2177H).

  • 5.0 elective FCEs or
    co-op (1.0 FCE), INF 3900H (0.0 FCE), and 4.0 elective FCEs or
    thesis (2.0 FCEs), research methods course (0.5 FCE), and reading course (0.5 FCE) plus 2.0 elective FCEs or
    executive delivery option and INF 3910Y Work Placement Project (1.0 FCE) plus 4.0 elective FCEs.

​Concentration: Knowledge Management and​ Information Management (KMIM)
  • 0.5 core FCE (INF 1005H and 1006H).

  • 2.5 required FCEs (INF 1003H, INF 1230H, INF 2175H, INF 2176H, and INF 2186H).

  • 5.0 elective FCEs or
    co-op (1.0 FCE), INF 3900H (0.0 FCE), and 4.0 elective FCEs or
    thesis (2.0 FCEs), research methods course (0.5 FCE), and reading course (0.5 FCE) plus 2.0 elective FCEs.

Concentration: Library and Information Science (LIS)​
  • 0.5 core FCE (INF 1005H and 1006H).

  • 2.0 required FCEs (INF 1321H, INF 1322H, INF 1323H, and INF 1324H).

  • 5.5 elective FCEs or
    co-op (1.0 FCE), INF 3900H (0.5 FCE), and 3.5 elective FCEs or
    thesis (2.0 FCEs), research methods course (0.5 FCE), and reading course (0.5 FCE) plus 2.5 elective FCEs.

Concentration: User Experience Design (UXD)
  • 0.5 core FCE (INF 1005H and 1006H).

  • 2.5 required FCEs (KMD 1001H, INF 2169H, INF 2170H, INF 2191H, and INF 2192H).

  • 5.0 elective FCEs or
    co-op (1.0 FCE), INF 3900H (0.0 FCE), and 4.0 elective FCEs or
    thesis (2.0 FCEs), research methods course (0.5 FCE), and reading course (0.5 FCE) plus 2.0 elective FCEs.

General Program Pathway (No Concentrations)
Coursework Option
  • ​​​​2.0 core FCEs (INF 1001H, INF 1003H, INF 1005H, INF 1006H, and INF 1240H).

  • 6.0 elective FCEs.

  • Students choosing the coursework option must have their program of study approved by the Program Director.

Thesis Option
  • 2.0 core FCEs (INF 1001H, INF 1003H, INF1005H, INF 1006H, and INF 1240H).

  • 0.5 required FCE consisting of one research methods half course appropriate to the student's program of study with a final grade of at least A-.

  • 0.5 required FCE reading course with a student’s intended supervisor, with a final grade of at least A-

  • A thesis (2.0 FCEs).

  • 3.0 elective FCEs (six additional half courses which may include up to four graduate half courses [2.0 FCEs] taken outside the MI program).

  • Faculty approval is required to enter the thesis option.

  • For information about completing a thesis in the concentration pathway, please see the program requirements above for the concentration-plus-thesis option.

Program Length

4 sessions (2 years) full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/F/W);
CCO and execu​tive delivery option: 6 sessions (2 years) full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S);
11 sessions (5.5 years) part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

 

Concurrent Registration Option (CRO)
  • ​​Students who have been accepted into both participating programs, with the permission of each Program Director, may register concurrently in the Master of Information (MI) and Master of Museum Studies (MMSt) programs. The program length required to complete both degrees in the concurrent registration option is three years.

  • Students in the CRO must complete a total of 13.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) (26 half courses) as follows:

    • ​​​​For students who choose the concentration pathway to fulfil the MI degree requirements:

      • ​​​0.5 core FCEs (INF 1005/1006H) in the MI program, counted towards the MI degree;

      • 2.0 or 2.5 required FCEs identified for the chosen concentration, counted towards the MI degree;

      • 2.0 FCEs in required courses in the MMSt program, counted towards the MMSt degree;

      • at least 2.0 or 2.5 FCEs in elective courses in the MI program (as specified by the concentration), to be counted towards the MI degree;

      • at least 3.0 FCEs in elective courses in the MMSt program, to be counted towards the MMSt degree;

      • an additional 3.0 or 3.5 FCEs (as specified in the concentration) in elective courses chosen from the MI program, the MMSt program, or from other programs (maximum 2.0 FCEs from other programs), to be counted towards both the MI and the MMSt degree.

    • ​​For students who choose the general program pathway to fulfil the MI requirements:

      • ​​​​2.0 core FCEs (INF 1001H, INF 1003H, INF 1005/1006H, INF 1240H) in the MI program, counted towards the MI degree;

      • 3.5 FCEs in required courses in the MMSt program, counted towards the MMSt degree;

      • at least 3.0 FCEs in elective courses in the MI program, to be counted towards the MI degree;

      • at least 1.5 FCEs in elective courses in the MMSt program, to be counted towards the MMSt degree;

      • an additional 3.0 FCEs in elective courses chosen from the MI program, the MMSt program, or from other programs (maximum 2.0 FCEs from other programs), to be counted towards both the MI and the MMSt degree.

  • Path to completion—Students complete Year 1 in one of the programs (taking all of the core/required courses); Year 2 in the other program (again taking all of the core courses); and Year 3 taking courses from both programs to complete the requirements. It does not matter which program is taken first, MI or MMSt.

  • Registration in a CRO may affect eligibility for external and internal graduate awards and bursaries.

Program Length

8 sessions (3 years) full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S/F/W)

Time Limit

4 years full-time

Information: Information Studies GDipISt

​Graduate Diploma of Advanced Study in Information Studies​

Program Description

The Diploma of Advanced Study in Information Studies is a post-master’s diploma. It is designed:

  • for information professionals who want to pursue further studies, but do not wish to take a PhD degree

  • for practitioners who wish to advance their professional standing, develop a specialization, or redirect their career

  • to build on a person’s knowledge, experience, previous education, and special interests

  • to be tailored to the individual’s needs and interests.

Diploma of Advanced Study in Information Studies credits cannot be transferred to the PhD program, and there is no thesis option.

The diploma may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Information's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants must have a University​ of Toronto MI, MLS, MIS, or MISt degree or equivalent. The graduate diploma program will be tailored to the individual's needs and interests with courses selected in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator (FI). See complete details.

Program Requirements

  • Students must complete ​​​4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • At least 3.0 FCEs (six half courses) must be chosen from courses offered in the MI degree program.

    • Only 0.5 FCE (one half course) may be a reading course.

    • ​Up to 1.0 FCE (two half courses) may be taken in other departments.

Program Length

2 sessions full-time; 4 sessions part-time

Time Limit

2 years full-time; 3 years part-time

Information: Information MI and Information Studies GDipISt Courses

Not all courses are offered every year. Consult the Faculty of Information website for the annual course offerings; course descriptions; and details of prerequisites, co-requisites, and permissions. Inquiries concerning the selection of courses to be offered in any given session should be directed to the Faculty of Information.

INF 1​001H
Know​ledge and Information in Society​
​INF 1002H
​Representation, Organization, Classification, and Meaning-Making
​​INF 1003H
​Information Systems, Services, and Design
​INF 1005H
​Information Workshop I
​INF 1006H
​Information Workshop II
​INF 1230H
​Management of Information Organizations
​INF 1240H
Research Methods​
​INF 1300H
​Foundations in Library and Information Science
​INF 1310H
Introduction to Reference​
​INF 1320H
Knowledge Organization​
INF 1321H Representing, Documenting, and Accessing the Cultural Record
INF 1322H Communities and Values
INF 1323H The Information Experience
INF 1324H Systems and Infrastructures
​INF 1325H
​Online Information Retrieval
​INF 1330H
​Archives Concepts and Issues
​INF 1331H
​Archival Arrangement and Description
​INF 1340H
​Programming for Information Systems
​INF 1341H
​Systems Analysis and Process Innovation
​INF 1342H
​System Requirements and Architectural Design
​INF 1343H
​Data Modeling and Database Design
​INF 1501H
​Culture and Technology I
​INF 1502H
​Culture and Technology II (prerequisite: INF 1501H Culture and Technology I)
​INF 1601Y
User Experience Design Capstone Project (CR/NCR)
​INF 2010H
​Reading Course
​INF 2011H
​Reading​ Course
​INF 2040H
​Project Management
​INF 2102H
​Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Libraries
​INF 2103H
​Diplomatics and Genre Theory: Understanding Forms and Functions of Traditional and Contemporary ​Records
​INF 2110H
​Design and Evaluation of Information Literacy Programs
​INF 2115H
​Data Librarianship
​INF 2120H
​Conservation and Preservation of Recorded Information
​INF 2121H
​Specialized Archives
​INF 2122H
​Digital Preservation and Curation
​INF 2124H
​Surveillance and Identity
​INF 2125H
​Information and Culture in a Global Context
​​INF 2126H
​Public Library Services to Culturally Diverse Communities
​INF 2127H
​Collection Development, Evaluation, and Management
​INF 2128H
​Serials Management
​INF 2129H
​Graphic Novels and Comic Books in the Library
​​​​​INF 2131H
​The Literature of the Humanities and Social Sciences
​INF 2133H
​Legal Literature and Librarianship
​INF 2134H
​Business Information Resources
​INF 2135H
​Health Sciences Information Resources
​INF 2136H
​Government Information and Publications
​INF 2137H
​International Organizations: Their Documents and Publications
​INF 2141H
​Children's Cultural Texts and Artifacts
​INF 2143H
​Issues in Children's and Young Adults' Services
​INF 2145H
​​Creation and Organization of Bibliographic Records
INF 2146H​
​Trusting Records
​​INF 2149H
​Administrative Decision-Making in Information Organizations
​INF 2150H
​Legal Issues in Archives​
​INF 2152H
​Advocacy and Library Issues
​INF 2155H
​​The Public Library in the Community: Developing a Critical Practice
​INF 2156H
​Reading and the Reading Public in North America and Around the World
​INF 2157H
​Theory and Practice of Intellectual Freedom in Libraries
​INF 2158H
​Management of Corporate and Other Special Information Centres
​INF 2159H
​Analytical and Historical Bibliography
​INF 2161H
​History of Books and Printing
​INF 2162H
​Rare Books and Manuscripts​
​​INF 2165H
​Social Issues in Information and Communication Technologies
​INF 2169H
​User-Centred Information Systems Development
​INF 2170H
​Information Architecture
​INF 2171H
​Major Subject Heading and Classification Systems
​INF 2172H
​Readers' Advisory: Reference Work and Resources
​INF 2173H
​​Information Professional Practicum
​INF 2174H
​History of Records and Records-Keeping
​INF 2175H
​Managing Organizational Records I
​INF 2176H
​Information Management in Organizations—Models and Platforms
​INF 2177H
​Information Management and Systems
​INF 2180H
​Archives: Access, Advocacy, and Outreach
​INF 2181H
​Information Policy, Regulation and Law
​INF 2183H
​Knowledge Management and Systems​​
​INF 2184H
​Appraisal for Records Retention and Archives Acquisition
​INF 2186H
​Metadata Schemas and Applications
​INF 2188H
​Advanced Arrangement and Description: Archival Representational Practices
​INF 2189H
​Managing Organizational Records II: Digital Environments
​INF 2190H
​Data Analytics: Introduction, Methods and Practical Approaches
INF 2191H
​User Interface Design
​INF 2192H
​Representing UX
​INF 2194Y
​Information Systems Design Project
​INF 2195H
​​Special Topics in Information Studies
​INF 2196H
​Special Topics in Information Studies
​INF 2197H
​Special Topics in Information Studies
​INF 2198H
​Special Topics in Information Studies
​INF 2199H
​Special Topics in Information Studies
​INF 2221H
​Digital Divides and Information Professionals: Developing a Critical Practice
​INF 2225H​​
​Digital Discourse
​INF 2240H
​Political Economy and Cultural Studies of Information
​INF 2241H
​Critical Making: Information Studies, Social Values, and Physical Computing
​INF 2242H
​Studying Information and Knowledge Practice
​INF 2243H
​Critical Histories of Information and Communication Technologies
​INF 2300H
​Special Topics in Information Studies
​INF 2301H
​Special Topics in Information Studies
​INF 2302H
​Special Topics in Information Studies
​INF 2303H
​Special Topics in Information Studies
​INF 2304H
​Special Topics in Information Studies
​INF 2305H
​Special Topics in Information Studies
​INF 2306H
​Special Topics in Information Studies
​INF 2307H
​Special Topics in Information Studies
​INF 2308H
​Special Topics in Information Studies
​INF 2309H
​Special Topics in Information Studies
​​INF 2310H
​Special Topics in Information Studies
​INF 2311H
​Managing Audiovisual Materials
​INF 2312H
​Art Librarianship: Theory Informs Practice
​INF 2313H
​Introduction to Service Science
​INF 2320H
​Remix Culture
​INF 2325H
​Launching Information Ventures
​INF 2330H
​Information Ethnography
​INF 2331H
​The Future of the Book
​INF 2332H
​Information ​Behaviour
INF 3900H​
Workplace Integrated Learning
​INF 3901Y​
​Co-operative Workplace Placement I
​INF 3902H
​Co-operative Workplace Placement II
​INF 3903H
​Co-operative Workplace Placement III
​INF 3910Y
​Work Placement Project
​JDM 3619H
​Digital Media Distribution

Information: Information Studies PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

Program Description

The PhD program in Information Studies provides opportunities for advanced scholarly inquiry into theoretical aspects of information and in the empirical investigations of information in various contexts.

PhD students come from different backgrounds and with different areas of interest. Therefore, the curriculum both fosters a common conversation about the field of information and supports the development of individual (even idiosyncratic) research projects. The focus of the program is to enable the student to achieve competence in order to carry out the research and writing of an original thesis in information.

In additional to the regular PhD program, there is a flexible-time PhD program option, intended for practising professionals whose employment is related to their field of research interest. The flexible-time PhD differs from the full-time PhD only in design and delivery, not in requirements.

 

PhD Program

​Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Information's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Average of at least A- in an appropriate master's degree program, or equivalent. Equivalency is normally determined by the number of courses and/or credits taken. Applicants holding an MLS or other master's degree earned in two or three sessions, or by co​mpleting 5.0 to 7.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs), will normally be required to take additional courses in the MI program.

  • Admission is limited to graduates of high intellectual ability who have an interest in research. Evaluation of applicants is based on academic records, a statement of research interest, and three academic letters of reference. A personal interview may be requested.

  • All incoming graduate students must have a good command of English. All applicants educated outside Canada whose primary language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language. This requirement is a condition of admission and must be met before an offer of admission is made. The English language requirement may be satisfied using one of the following tests. Scores must be from tests taken within the last two years.

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with the following minimum scores:

      • paper-based TOEFL exam: 600 with 5.5 on the Test of Written English (TWE)

      • Internet-based TOEFL exam: 107/120 with 24/30 on the speaking section and 27/30 on the writing section.

    • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum required score of 95.

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum required score of 8.0.

    • Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE): with a minimum required score of 95 overall; 41 on the writing component; 27 on each of the other components.

    • Academic English Level 60, U of T School of Continuing Studies: ‘A’ overall score.

  • Admission procedures are described in the General Regulations section of this calendar.

  • Doctoral students are admitted in September.

  • Meeting the minimum requirements of the Faculty of Information and the School of Graduate Studies does not guarantee admission.

​Program Requirements

To achieve candidacy, students must fulfil the following

  • ​​​Complete 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • ​​​INF 3001H Research in Information: Foundations (0.5 FCE)

    • INF 3002H Research in Information: Contemporary Issues (0.5 FCE)

    • INF 3003H Research in Information: Frameworks and Methods (0.5 FCE)

    • INF 3006Y Thesis Proposal Preparation (1.0 FCE)

    • 1.5 FCEs in elective courses.

  • Other courses appropriate for the student's research may also be required.

  • Pass a qualifying exam.

  • Present and defend a thesis research proposal.

  • Complete a thesis and pass a Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

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

Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

6 years

 

PhD Program (Flexible-Time Option)

​Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Information's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Average of at least A- in an appropriate master's degree program, or equivalent. Equivalency is normally determined by the number of courses and/or credits taken. Applicants holding an MLS or other master's degree earned in two or three sessions, or by co​mpleting 5.0 to 7.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs), will normally be required to take additional courses in the MI program.

  • Admission is limited to graduates of high intellectual ability who have an interest in research. Evaluation of applicants is based on academic records, a statement of research interest, and three academic letters of reference. A personal interview may be requested.

  • All incoming graduate students must have a good command of English. All applicants educated outside Canada whose primary language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language. This requirement is a condition of admission and must be met before an offer of admission is made. The English language requirement may be satisfied using one of the following tests. Scores must be from tests taken within the last two years.

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with the following minimum scores:

      • paper-based TOEFL exam: 600 with 5.5 on the Test of Written English (TWE)

      • Internet-based TOEFL exam: 107/120 with 24/30 on the speaking section and 27/30 on the writing section.

    • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum required score of 95.

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum required score of 8.0.

    • Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE): with a minimum required score of 95 overall; 41 on the writing component; 27 on each of the other components.

    • Academic English Level 60, U of T School of Continuing Studies: ‘A’ overall score.

  • Admission procedures are described in the General Regulations section of this calendar.

  • Doctoral students are admitted in September.

  • Meeting the minimum requirements of the Faculty of Information and the School of Graduate Studies does not guarantee admission.

​Program Requirements

To achieve candidacy, students must fulfil the following:

  • ​​​Complete 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • ​​​INF 3001H Research in Information: Foundations (0.5 FCE)

    • INF 3002H Research in Information: Contemporary Issues (0.5 FCE)

    • INF 3003H Research in Information: Frameworks and Methods (0.5 FCE)

    • INF 3006Y Thesis Proposal Preparation (1.0 FCE)

    • 1.5 FCEs in elective courses.

  • Other courses appropriate for the student's research may also be required

  • Pass a qualifying exam.

  • Present and defend a thesis research proposal.

  • Complete a thesis and pass a Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

  • Ensure that they have adequate time on campus to attend classes and to fulfil the academic requirements for an advanced research degree. Students must spend at least two full-time sessions on campus. 

Program Length

6 years

Time Limit

8 years

Information: Information Studies PhD Courses

​INF 3001H
Resea​rch in Information: Foundation
​INF 3002H
​Research in Information: Contemporary Issues
​INF 3003H
Research in Information: Frameworks and Methods​
​INF 3006Y
​​Thesis Proposal Preparation
​INF 3015H
​Rea​ding Course

Information: Museum Studies MMSt

Master of Museum Studies

Program Description

The MMSt program prepares students for future involvement in museums and related cultural agencies. The program examines the theoretical body of knowledge of museology as a necessary context for professional practice. The Faculty of Information also provides a Concurrent Registration Option whereby students may register concurrently in the Master of Information and Master of Museum Studies programs.

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Application deadlines are available on the Master of Museum Studies web page. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree with an overall average grade of at least B+ from a recognized university.

  • Applicants must satisfy the Museum Studies program that they are capable of independent research in museum studies at an advanced level. Demonstrated previous experience in museums or related cultural organizations will also be considered. Admission to this program is competitive.

  • Applicants are admitted as students for the Master of Museum Studies (MMSt) under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

Concurrent Registration Option (CRO)

  • Master of Information (MI) / Master of Museum Studies (MMSt) degree programs. Applicants interested in completing the Master of Information and the Master of Museum Studies degree programs concurrently must apply to and be accepted into each program separately and receive approval of the Graduate Coordinator in each program.

  • Applicants should indicate interest in the concurrent registration option at the time of application to the second of the two programs.

Program Requirements

Coursework Option

  • Students must complete a minimum of 7.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including

    • five required half courses (2.5 FCEs) and

    • either one required full course (1.0 FCE) and eight additional courses (4.0 FCEs), of which 2.0 FCEs must be internal (Museum Studies) elective courses.

Thesis Option

  • The thesis option allows students to gain experience in developing and executing a research project from beginning to end. Students gain familiarity with the research process and hone their research skills.

  • Students must complete 7.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • five required half courses (2.5 FCEs)

    • a research methods course (0.5 FCE) appropriate to their program of study with a final grade of at least A-

    • a thesis (2.0 FCEs) 

    • five additional courses (2.5 FCEs), of which up to four graduate half courses (2.0 FCEs) may be taken outside the MMSt program.

  • Faculty approval is required to enter the thesis option. The thesis option is designed for students who have a clearly defined topic, can find a supervisor, and can meet tight deadlines in order to graduate within the usual time frame envisioned for the degree.

  • Before the end of their program, students whose primary language is English will be required to demonstrate a reading knowledge of a second language (preferably French) by means of a written exam and achieve a minimum grade of 70%.

Program Length

4 sessions (2 years) full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/F/W)

Time Limit

​3 years full-time

 

​​Concurrent Registration Option (CRO)

  • ​Students who have been accepted into both participating programs, with the permission of each Graduate Coordinator, may register concurrently in the MI and MMSt programs. The program length required to complete both degrees in the CRO is three years.

  • Students in the CRO must complete a total of 13.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) (26 half courses) as follows:

    • ​​​​For students who choose the concentration pathway to fulfil the MI degree requirements:

      • ​​​​0.5 core FCE (INF 1005/1006H) in the MI program, counted towards the MI degree;

      • 2.0 or 2.5 required FCEs identified for the chosen concentration, counted towards the MI degree;

      • 2.0 FCEs in required courses in the MMSt program, counted towards the MMSt degree;

      • at least 2.0 FCEs or 2.5 FCEs in elective courses in the MI program (as specified by the concentration), to be counted towards the MI degree;

      • at least 3.0 FCEs in elective courses in the MMSt program, to be counted towards the MMSt degree;

      • an additional 3.0 or 3.5 FCEs (as specified in the concentration) in elective courses chosen from the MI program, the MMSt program, or from other programs (maximum 2.0 FCEs from other programs), to be counted towards both the MI and the MMSt degree.

    • For students who choose the general program pathway to fulfil the MI requirements:

      • ​​​​2.0 core FCEs (INF 1001H, INF 1003H, INF 1005/1006H, INF 1240H) in the MI program, counted towards the MI degree;

      • 3.5 FCEs in required courses in the MMSt program, counted towards the MMSt degree;

      • at least 3.0 FCEs in elective courses in the MI program, to be counted towards the MI degree;

      • at least 1.5 FCEs in elective courses in the MMSt program, to be counted towards the MMSt degree;

      • an additional 3.0 FCEs in elective courses chosen from the MI program, the MMSt program, or from other programs (maximum 2.0 FCEs from other programs), to be counted towards both the MI and the MMSt degree.

  • Path to completion—Students complete Year 1 in one of the programs (taking all of the core/required courses); Year 2 in the other program (again taking all of the core courses); and Year 3 taking courses from both programs to complete the requirements. It does not matter which program is taken first, MI or MMSt.

  • Registration in a CRO may affect eligibility for external and internal graduate awards and bursaries.

Program Length

8 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S/F/W)

Time Limit

4 years full-time​

Information: Museum Studies MMSt Courses

Not all courses are offered every year. Please consult the Master of Museum Studies web page for course availability. The minimum requirement for the MMSt degree is 7.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs).

MMSt Required Courses

(3.5 FCEs)

​​MSL 1150H
Collection ​Management​
​MSL 1230H
​Ethics, Leadership, Management
​MSL 2331H
​Exhibitions, Interpretation, Communication
​MSL 2370H​
​Museums and Cultural Heritage: Context and Critical Issues
either
​MSL 2350H

or
​​INF 2040H​


Museum Planning and Management: Projects and Fundraising

Project Management​

either
MSL 4000Y

or
​Thesis option

 
​Exhibition Project
 
 

​MMSt Elective Courses

Internal (Museum Studies) Elective Courses

​MSL 1300H
​Contemporary Theories of Art and Culture
​MSL 1350H
Museums and their Publics​
​MSL 2000H
​Curatorial Practice
​MSL 2050H
​Curating Science
​MSL 2100H
​Museum Environment
​MSL 2115H
​Global Cultures and Museums
​MSL 2240H
​The Photographic Record
MSL 2301H​
​Special Topics in Museum Studies​
​MSL 2325H
​Museums and New Media Practice
​MSL 2330H
Interpretation and Meaning-Making in Cultural Institutions​
​MSL 2332H
​Public Programs and Education
​MSL 2340H
​Issues in Cultural Policy and Contemporary Culture
​MSL 2360H
​Museums and Indigenous Communities: Changing Relationships, Changing Practice
​MSL 2500H
​Constructing and Curating Digital Heritage
​MSL 3000Y
​Internship
​MSL 5050H
​Special Studies​

External Elective Courses

Courses relevant to the Museum Studies program and student interests are available on the program web page.​​

McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology

The McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology does not offer a degree program. Students registered in a graduate program may take McLuhan program courses for credit with the permission of their home department.

​C&T​ 1006H
Media, Mind, and Society I​
​C&T 1008H
Media, Mind, and Society II​
​C&T 1009H
New Media and Policy​

​​Students interested in pursuing studies ​in the impact of communication media on humans and their environment should consult the Director of the program for a list of courses available in co​gnate departments.​