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Information: Introduction

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Information

Degree Programs​

Information

MI

  • Concentrations:
    • Archives and Records Management (ARM);
    • Critical Information Policy Studies (CIPS);
    • Culture and Technology (C&T);
    • Human Centred Data Science (HCDS);
    • Information Systems and Design (ISD);
    • Knowledge Management and Information Management (KMIM);
    • Library and Information Science (LIS);
    • User Experience Design (UXD)
 

PhD

  • Concentrations:
    • Archives and Records Management;
    • Critical Information Policy Studies;
    • Cultural Heritage;
    • Information Systems and Design;
    • Knowledge Management and Information Management;
    • Library and Information Science;
    • Media, Technology, and Culture;
    • Philosophy of Information​​

Museum Studies

MMSt

Combined Degree Programs

Diploma Program

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:

Overview

The Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto is one of the world’s most important information and knowledge management schools. Information is studied and tough questions are asked for the benefit of society and the students. Located in the heart of Canada’s most diverse and dynamic city, the programs are led by leading researchers and faculty across multiple disciplines and result in exceptional research and career opportunities. The Faculty of Information is the centre for information professions and leaders of research that matters.

People. Information. Technology. They intersect at the Faculty of Information, a launch pad for futures as highly skilled practitioners or researchers. Today’s technologies have transformed the way we connect with, shape, and use information. Similar changes have been taking place in the field of museums and cultural heritage.

Contact and Address

Web: 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
Boucher, Marie-Pier - BSc, MSc, PhD
Burchell, Kenzie - BA, MSA, PhD
Caidi, Nadia - PhD
Caraway, Brett - BA, MA, PhD
Chen, Julie Yujie - BA, MA, PhD
Choo, Chun Wei - BA, MSc, PhD
Cohen, Nicole - BA, MA, PhD
Coleman, Beth Malaika - BA, PhD
Cowan, T.L. - BA, MA, PhD
Dahya, Negin - BA, MEd, 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
Hartel, Jenna - PhD
Howarth, Lynne - BA, MLS, PhD
Karppi, Tero Jukka - MA, PhD
Keilty, Patrick - BA, MLIS, PhD
Krmpotich, Cara - PhD
Luka, Mary Elizabeth - BA, BAA, PhD
Lyons, Kelly - BSc, MSc, PhD
MacNeil, Heather - PhD
McEwen, Rhonda - PhD
Packer, Jeremy - BA, MA, PhD
Ratto, Matt - PhD
Rault, Jasmine - BA, MA, PhD
Ross, Seamus - BA, MA, DPhil
Ryan, Dan - PhD
Shachak, Aviv - 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
Tang, Tony - PhD
Xue, Jia - BCL, MA, PhD
Yu, Eric - BSc, MMath, PhD
Yu, Sherry - BA, MA, PhD

Members Emeriti

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

Associate Members

Dionisio, Max Vincent - PhD
Furness, Colin - BSc, PhD
McLaughlin, Hooley - BA, MS, PhD
Owen, Victoria - AB, MLS
Senderovich, Arik - PhD
St-Cyr, Olivier - 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 eight 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 available on the Faculty of Information website. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty's additional admission requirements stated below. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree with at least a B average (3.0 GPA) from a university recognized by the University of Toronto.

  • 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:

    • ​​​​​​​​​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​.

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): a minimum required score of 7.5 overall with 7.5 on the writing section and 7.0 on the speaking section.

    • Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE): a minimum required score of 95 overall with 41 on the writing component, 27 on the reading component, and 27 on the listening component.​

    • English Language Program, U of T School of Continuing Studies with an overall score of A in Academic English Level 60.

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

​​Concentration-Plus-Executive-Delivery Option — ISD Only (Under Review)
  • 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 Faculty of Information website.

  • 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 eight concentrations leading to the MI degree:

    • Archives and Records Management​ (ARM)

    • Critical Information Policy Studies​ (CIPS)

    • Culture and Technology​ (C&T)

    • Human Centred Data Science (HCDS)

    • Information Systems and Design​ (ISD)

    • Knowledge Management and Information Management​ (KMIM)

    • Library and Information Science (LIS)

    • User Experience Design​ (UXD)

  • Each concentration requires a total of 8.0 FCEs.

Concentration-Only Option
  • ​​​​​​​Two quarter-weight core courses: INF 1005H and INF 1006H (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. Faculty approval is required to enter the thesis option; visit the Faculty of Information website for details. For information about completing a thesis in the General Pathway, please see the General Pathway program requirements below.

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

  • 0.5 FCE research methods course appropriate to the student's program of study, with a final grade of at least A–.

  • 0.5 FCE reading course with the student's intended supervisor, with a final grade of at least A–.

  • A thesis (2.0 FCEs total).

  • 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).

​Concentration-Plus-Co-op Option
  • ​​​Two quarter-weight core courses: INF 1005H and INF 1006H (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 The Emerging Professional (0.5 FCE).

  • The two 12-week co-op placement courses: INF 3902H and INF 3903H (1.0 FCE total).

  • 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 (under review)

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 executive 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 1339H, INF 1341H, INF 1342H, INF 1343H, and INF 2177H (2.5 FCEs total).

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

  • Eight 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 (0.5 FCE), and 3.5 elective FCEs or
    thesis (2.0 FCEs), research methods course (0.5 FCE), and reading course (0.5 FCE) plus ​2.0 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 2242H, and INF 2243H).

  • 5.0 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 2.0 elective FCEs.

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

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

  • 5.0 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 2.0 elective FCEs.

Concentration: Human Centred Data Science (HCDS)
  • 0.5 core FCE (INF 1005H and 1006H).

  • 2.5 required FCEs (INF 1340H, INF 1344H, INF 2178H, INF 2190H, and INF 2210H).

  • 5.0 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 2.0 elective FCEs.

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

  • 2.5 required FCEs (INF 1339H, INF 1341H, INF 1342H, INF 1343H, and INF 2177H).

  • 5.0 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 2.0 elective FCEs or
    executive delivery option and INF 3910Y Workplace 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 (0.5 FCE), and 3.5 elective FCEs or
    thesis (2.0 FCEs), research methods course (0.5 FCE), and reading course (0.5 FCE) plus 2.0 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 4.0 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 (INF 1602H, INF 2169H, INF 2170H, INF 2191H, and INF 2192H).

  • 5.0 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 2.0 elective FCEs.

 

General Program Pathway (No Concentrations)
Coursework Option

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

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

  • Three required half courses: INF 1001H, INF 1003H,and INF 1240H (1.5 FCEs total).

  • 6.0 elective FCEs.

Thesis Option

Faculty approval is required to enter the thesis option. Visit the Faculty of Information website for details.

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

  • Three required half courses: INF 1001H, INF 1003H, and INF 1240H (1.5 FCE total).

  • 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–. INF 1240H can be used to meet this requirement.

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

  • A thesis (2.0 FCEs).

  • Six elective half courses (3.0 FCEs) or
    seven elective half courses (3.5 FCEs) if INF 1240H has been completed and counted toward the research methods half-course requirement

    • These courses may include up to 2.0 FCEs taken outside the MI program.

 

Program Length

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

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 Master of Information or equivalent degree. Visit the Faculty of Information website for details.

  • The graduate diploma program will be tailored to the individual's needs and interests with courses selected in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator.

  • All incoming graduate students must have a good command of English. Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must show evidence of having taken one of the following tests. Scores must be from tests taken within the last two years.

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

      • Paper-based TOEFL: 600 and 5.5 on the Test of Written English (TWE)

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

    • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS): a minimum required score of 7.5 overall with 7.5 on the writing section and 7.0 on the speaking section.

    • Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE): a minimum required score of 95 overall with 41 on the writing component, 27 on the reading component, and 27 on the listening component..

    • English Language Program, U of T School of Continuing Studies with an overall score of A in Academic English Level 60.

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 1001H
Knowledge and Information in Society
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
Critical Infrastructures
INF 1325H
Online Information Retrieval
INF 1330H
Archives Concepts and Issues
INF 1331H
Archival Arrangement and Description
INF 1339H
Introduction to Computational Thinking
INF 1340H
Programming for Data Science
INF 1341H
Systems Analysis and Process Innovation
INF 1342H
System Requirements and Architectural Design
INF 1343H
Data Modeling and Database Design
INF 1344H
Introduction to Statistics for Data Science
INF 1501H
Culture and Technology I
INF 1502H
Culture and Technology II
(prerequisite: INF 1501H)
INF 1601Y
User Experience Design Capstone Project (Credit/No Credit)
INF 1602H
Fundamentals of User Experience
INF 2010H
Reading Course
INF 2011H
Reading Course
INF 2040H
Project Management
INF 2102H
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Libraries
INF 2103H
Recordkeeping Cultures
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 2126H
Public Library Services to Culturally Diverse Communities
INF 2127H
Collection Development, Evaluation, and Management
INF 2129H
Graphic Novels and Comic Books in the Library
INF 2133H
Legal Literature and Librarianship
INF 2134H
Business Information Resources
INF 2135H
Evidence-Based Healthcare for Librarians
INF 2136H
Government Information 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 2158H
Management of Corporate and Other Special Information Centres
INF 2159H
Analytical and Historical Bibliography
INF 2161H
History of Books and Publishing
INF 2162H
Rare Books and Manuscripts
INF 2163H Data Analysis of Social Networks
INF 2164H UX Research and Design for Video Games
(prerequisite: INF 1602H)
INF 2165H Accessibility and Inclusive Design
INF 2166H Business Process Management and Mining
INF 2167H R for Data Science
INF 2169H
User-Centred Information Systems Development
INF 2170H
Information Architecture
INF 2171H Usability Assessment: Concepts, Methods, and Tools
(exclusions: INF 1005H and INF 1006H sections on Usability Assessment: Concepts, Methods and Tools)
INF 2172H
Readers' Advisory: Reference Work and Resources
INF 2173H
Information Professional Practicum (Credit/No Credit)
INF 2174H
Histories of Records and Archives
INF 2175H
Managing Organizational Records I
INF 2176H
Information Management in Organizations — Models and Platforms
INF 2177H
Information Management and Systems
(prerequisite: INF 1341H)
INF 2178H
Experimental Design for Data Science
(prerequisites: INF 1340H and INF 1344H)
INF 2179H Machine Learning with Applications in Python
(prerequisite: INF 1340H)
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 2185H Libraries, Archives, Museums: Intersections and Tensions
INF 2186H
Metadata Schemas and Applications
INF 2187H Personal Recordkeeping and Private Papers
(prerequisite: INF 1330H)
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 to INF 2199H
Special Topics in Information
INF 2210H
Human Values in Data Science
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 to
INF 2310H
Special Topics in Information
INF 2311H
Managing Audiovisual Materials
INF 2312H
Art Librarianship: Theory Informs Practice
INF 2313H
Introduction to Service Science
INF 2314H Program Evaluation
INF 2315H Digital Labour
INF 2316H Critical Studies of Social Media
INF 2317H Privacy Studies
INF 2318H Platform Politics and Power
INF 2319H Critical Approaches to Multiculturalism, Information, and Social Integration
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 2400H to
INF 2410H
Special Topics in Information
INF 3900H
The Emerging Professional
INF 3902H
Co-operative Workplace Placement I
INF 3903H
Co-operative Workplace Placement II
INF 3910Y
Workplace Project
JDM 3619H
Digital Media Distribution
JIE 1001H
Seminar in Identity, Privacy, and Security

Information: Information PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

Program Description

The PhD program in Information 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.

 

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 completing 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.

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

    • Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE): a minimum required score of 95 overall with 41 on the writing component, 27 on the reading component, and 27 on the listening component.

    • English Language Program, U of T School of Continuing Studies with an overall score of A in Academic English Level 60.

  • 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:

  • Students in the Media, Technology, and Culture concentration must complete 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

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

    • A methods course (0.5 FCE): INF 3012H Social Scientific Methods for Media or INF 3014H Cultural Interpretive Methods for Media and Technology. Course selection to be determined in consultation with the student’s research advisor.

    • INF 3009H Theory and History of Media Technology (0.5 FCE).

    • INF 3010H Power, Media, and Technology (0.5 FCE).

    • 2.0 FCEs in elective courses relevant to media, technology, and culture (see elective list below).

  • Students in all other concentrations must complete 4.0 FCEs as follows:

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

    • A methods course (0.5 FCE): INF 3003H Research in Information: Frameworks and Design or a specific methods course to be determined in consultation with the student's research advisor.

    • INF 3006Y Major Area Reading Course (1.0 FCE) or two additional electives to be determined in consultation with the research advisor (1.0 FCE).

    • 2.0 FCEs in elective courses.

  • Students in all concentrations must:

    • Complete other courses appropriate for the student's research.

    • Pass a qualifying exam.

    • Present and defend a thesis research proposal.

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

    • Be regularly registered in the School of Graduate Studies during each year of the program.

Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

6 years

 

PhD Program (Flexible-Time Option)

Admissions have been administratively suspended.

​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 completing 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.

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

    • Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE): a minimum required score of 95 overall with 41 on the writing component, 27 on the reading component, and 27 on the listening component.​

    • English Language Program, U of T School of Continuing Studies with an overall score of A in Academic English Level 60.

  • 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).

    • A methods course (0.5 FCE): INF 3003H Research in Information: Frameworks and Design or a specific methods course to be determined in consultation with the student's research advisor.

    • INF 3006Y Major Area Reading Course (1.0 FCE) or two additional electives to be determined in consultation with the research advisor (1.0 FCE).

    • 2.0 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 PhD Courses

​INF 3001H
Research in Information: Foundations
​INF 3003H
Research in Information: Frameworks and Design​
​INF 3006Y
​​Major Area Reading Course
INF 3009H
Theory and History of Media Technology
INF 3010H
Power, Media, and Technology
INF 3012H
Social Scientific Methods for Media
INF 3014H
Cultural Interpretive Methods for Media and Technology
INF 3015H
Reading Course
INF 3100H Special Topics in Information (Credit/No Credit)
INF 3101H Special Topics in Information

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 offers a combined degree program whereby students may complete both a Master of Information and Master of Museum Studies.

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. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree with an overall grade of at least a B+ average (grade point average 3.3) 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.

  • 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:

    • ​​​​​​​​​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​.

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): a minimum required score of 7.5 overall with 7.5 on the writing section and 7.0 on the speaking section.

    • Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE): a minimum required score of 95 overall with 41 on the writing component, 27 on the reading component, and 27 on the listening component.​

    • English Language Program, U of T School of Continuing Studies with an overall score of A in Academic English Level 60.

Program Requirements

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

    • five required half courses (2.5 FCEs)

    • MSL 4000Y Exhibition Project (1.0 FCE)

    • 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. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

Information: Museum Studies MMSt Courses

Not all courses are offered every year. Please consult the Faculty of Information website 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
The Museum ​Exhibition: Histories, Practices, Genres
​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​ to
MSL 2310H
​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 3000H
​Internship (prerequisite: INF 3900H)
​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 cognate departments.​