Milestones & Deadlines

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Progression

To remain in good standing in the program, a student must meet all progression milestones and maintain an overall average of 70% with no more than one course in the C range (60-69%) and no course below 60%. To maintain funding, a student must meet all progression milestones and achieve an average of no lower than 78% in each term.

Students who are not meeting progression milestones may risk funding, may not be allowed to proceed into second year, or may be required to withdraw from the program. In particular, thesis students must pay close attention to the milestones related to the thesis proposal.

Stream-specific milestones

Thesis Full-Time

Students who are not meeting progression milestones may risk funding, may not be allowed to proceed into second year, or may be required to withdraw from the program. In particular, students must pay close attention to the milestones related to the thesis proposal.

Students without an approved thesis proposal by July 1 of Year 1 will be placed in the Major Research Paper option.

YEAR 1

Fall Term, Year 1
  • MS 9100: Interdisciplinary Foundations of Media Theory (required)
  • MS 9101: Research Methods (required)
  • One elective (possible, but not recommended due to workload)
Winter Term, Year 1
  • One or two electives
  • Selection of Thesis Supervisor and Advisory Committee
  • Meetings with Thesis Supervisor / Advisory Committee to discuss thesis area and the development of the proposal
Note: In considering potential chief supervisors, students should be careful to determine that the faculty member of choice has the appropriate supervisory status.

Summer Term, Year 1
  • Approval of the Thesis Proposal by July 1  
  • Submission of Ethics Protocol to FIMS Research Committee in the case of all research topics involving human subjects
  • Thesis research and writing (one draft chapter or equivalent is due at the start of the Fall Term, Year 2)
May 30: Last day to submit Draft Thesis Proposal (12-20 double-spaced pages)

June 15: Submission of a Revised Draft of the Thesis Proposal to the Thesis Advisory Committee.

July 1: Last day to receive approval of the Thesis Proposal. The candidate may not proceed to Year 2 without having achieved this milestone. Students without an approved proposal by July 1 will automatically be placed in the Major Research Paper option. Upon approval of the Thesis Proposal it will be recorded that the student has completed the appropriate milestone.

It is the joint responsibility of the student and Advisory Committee to determine appropriate deadlines so that there is sufficient time for the student to receive feedback and make revisions, and so that the student’s work can be received and reviewed by Committee members in a timely fashion.

YEAR 2

Fall Term, Year 2
  • MS 9102: Research Workshop (required, for credit)
  • Any outstanding elective course
  • Thesis research and writing

Sept. 15: The student must submit either one draft chapter of the thesis or a comparable written component. This written work will be the focus of attention in the mandatory Research Workshop (MS 9102) in the fall term of Year 2. In addition, the student must provide his/her supervisor with a timeline for thesis completion, detailing when the various stages of the thesis (such as textual analyses or data collection) will be completed, if not already provided in the thesis proposal.

Winter Term, Year 2
  • Thesis research and final editing before submission to Advisory Committee
  • Completion of any editing or revisions required by the Committee
  • Submission of thesis and defence at an oral examination

Summer Term, Year 2 (Not Funded)
  • Completion of any editing or revisions required by the Committee
  • Submission of thesis and defence at an oral examination* see below

School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Thesis Submission Deadlines

Specific dates will vary each year so students must confirm dates by consulting the SPGS Master's Thesis Regulations or by contacting the FIMS Graduate Programs Assistant.

Sample Time Frame (Summer):
  • Deadline to Submit a Completed Thesis to FIMS – late July to early August
  • Deadline for Thesis Defence – mid-August
  • Deadline for Final Submission of the Thesis – late August
There are comparable deadlines in other terms. Students will be required to pay fees until the thesis is successfully defended.

*The maximum registration period for completing a master's degree is three calendar years from initial registration. If the thesis has not been defended by the end of the third year, the student will be required to withdraw from the program. Once withdrawn, the student will have two years from the date of withdrawal to hand in a readily defensible thesis requiring no further revisions. During the period of the withdrawal, the student will have no access to the Chief Supervisor or members of his/her supervisory committee. After two years from the date of withdrawal, it is very unlikely that a thesis would be considered for defence.  Visit the SGPS website for the most up-to-date regulations.

Thesis Part-Time

Students who are not meeting progression milestones may risk funding, may not be allowed to proceed into second year, or may be required to withdraw from the program. In particular, students must pay close attention to the milestones related to the thesis proposal.

Students without an approved thesis proposal by June 15 of Year 2 will be placed in the Major Research Paper option.

YEAR 1

Fall Term, Year 1
One of:
  • MS 9100: Interdisciplinary Foundations of Media Theory (required)
  • MS 9101: Research Methods (required)
Winter Term, Year 1
  • One elective
Summer Term, Year 1
  • Selection of Thesis Supervisor and Advisory Committee
  • Meeting with Thesis Supervisor to discuss the selection of a thesis area

Note: In considering potential chief supervisors, students should be careful to determine that the faculty member of choice has the appropriate supervisory status.

YEAR 2

Fall Term, Year 2

  • The remaining required course (9100 or 9101)

Winter Term, Year 2

  • One elective
  • Development of the Thesis Proposal

Summer Term, Year 2

  • Approval of the Thesis Proposal by June 15
  • Submission of Ethics Protocol to FIMS Research Committee in the case of all research topics involving human subjects
  • Thesis research and writing (one draft chapter or equivalent is due at the start of the Fall Term, Year 3)

May 15: Last day to submit Draft Thesis Proposal (12-20 double-spaced pages)

June 1: Submission of a Revised Draft of the Thesis Proposal to the Thesis Advisory Committee.

June 15: Last day to receive approval of the Thesis Proposal. The candidate may not proceed to Year 3 without having achieved this milestone. Students without an approved proposal by June 15 will automatically be placed in the Major Research Paper option. Upon approval of the Thesis Proposal it will be recorded that the student has completed MS 9103.

It is the joint responsibility of the student and Advisory Committee to determine appropriate deadlines so that there is sufficient time for the student to receive feedback and make revisions, and so that the student’s work can be received and reviewed by Committee members in a timely fashion.

YEAR 3

Fall Term, Year 3

  • MS 9102: Research Workshop (required, for credit)
  • Thesis research and writing

Sept. 15: The student must submit either one draft chapter of the thesis or a comparable written component. This written work will be the focus of attention in the mandatory Research Workshop (MS 9102) in the fall term of Year 3. In addition, the student must provide his/her supervisor with a timeline for thesis completion, detailing when the various stages of the thesis (such as textual analyses or data collection) will be completed, if not already provided in the thesis proposal.

Winter Term, Year 3

  • Thesis research and writing

Summer Term, Year 3

  • Thesis research and writing

YEAR 4

  • Thesis writing and final editing before submission to Advisory Committee
  • Completion of any editing or revisions required by the Committee
  • Submission of thesis and defence at an oral examination
  • Thesis defence to occur no later than the end of Year 4

School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Thesis Submission Deadlines

Specific dates will vary each year so students must confirm dates by consulting the SGPS Master's Thesis Regulations or by contacting the FIMS Graduate Programs Assistant.

Sample Time Frame (Spring):

  • Deadline to Submit a Completed Thesis to FIMS – late-March to early-April
  • Deadline for Thesis Defence – mid-April
  • Deadline for Final Submission of the Thesis – late-April

There are comparable deadlines in other terms. Students will be required to pay fees until the thesis is successfully defended.

Major Research Paper Full-Time

Students who are not meeting progression milestones may risk funding, may not be allowed to proceed into second year, or may be required to withdraw from the program.

YEAR 1

Fall Term, Year 1
  • MS 9100: Interdisciplinary Foundations of Media Theory (required)
  • MS 9101: Research Methods (required)
  • One elective (possible, but not recommended due to workload)
Winter Term, Year 1
  • Two or three electives
  • Selection of MRP Supervisor
  • Meetings with supervisor to discuss MRP topic

Summer Term, Year 1

  • June 15: Final decisions regarding students entering the Major Research Paper option vs. the Thesis option
  • Selection of MRP Supervisor, if not already chosen
  • Meetings with supervisor to discuss MRP topic
  • Research and writing begins on the Major Research Paper (MRP)

It is the joint responsibility of the student and his/her supervisor to determine appropriate deadlines so that there is sufficient time for the student to receive feedback and make revisions, and so that the student’s work can be received and reviewed in a timely fashion.

YEAR 2

Fall Term, Year 2
  • Remaining electives
  • MS 9102: Research Workshop
  • MRP writing

Winter Term, Year 2

  • Final writing and editing of the MRP
  • Second Reader appointed
  • MRP completed, submitted for evaluation
  • Revisions, if needed

Summer Term, Year 2 (Not Funded)
Completion of the Major Research Paper, if not already complete.

Major Research Paper Part-Time

Students who are not meeting progression milestones may risk funding, may not be allowed to proceed into second year, or may be required to withdraw from the program.

YEAR 1

Fall Term, Year 1
One of:

  • MS 9100: Interdisciplinary Foundations of Media Theory (required)
  • MS 9101: Research Methods (required)

Winter Term, Year 1

  • One or two electives

Summer Term, Year 1

  • One elective (possibly)
  • Selection of MRP Supervisor
  • Meetings with supervisor to discuss MRP topic

YEAR 2

Fall Term, Year 2
  • The remaining required course (MS 9100 or 9101)

Winter Term, Year 2

  • One or two electives

Summer Term, Year 2

  • One elective (possibly)
  • June 15: Final decisions regarding students entering the Major Research Paper option vs. the Thesis option
  • Selection of MRP Supervisor, if not already chosen
  • Meetings with supervisor to discuss MRP topic
  • Research and writing begins on the Major Research Paper

It is the joint responsibility of the student and his/her supervisor to determine appropriate deadlines so that there is sufficient time for the student to receive feedback and make revisions, and so that the student’s work can be reviewed in a timely fashion.

YEAR 3

Fall Term, Year 3

  • MS 9102: Research Workshop (required, for credit)
  • One elective

Winter Term, Year 3

  • Remaining elective(s)
  • MRP writing

Summer Term, Year 3

  • MRP writing

YEAR 4

  • Final writing and editing of the MRP
  • Second reader appointed
  • MRP completed, submitted for evaluation
  • Revisions, if needed
  • Thesis defence to occur no later than the end of Year 4





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