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. (See amendment made on September 19, 2019.)

    • 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) 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.

    • 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 Suspended and Under Review)

​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. (See amendment made on September 19, 2019.)

    • 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) 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.

    • 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