Progression & Milestones

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The LIS PhD program begins in the Fall. To proceed in the program, a student must meet all progression milestones and:
  • Maintain an overall average of at least 75% 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 at least 78% standing averaged over all courses in each term, with no course below 60%.

Course requirements

Doctoral students are required to complete six courses, including:

Required courses

  • 9809 – Research Methods (fall of first year)
  • 9806 – Statistical Methods (winter of first year)

Four elective courses
Students may elect to take a course from the doctoral program in Media Studies, one or two relevant one-term courses from other Western graduate programs, and MLIS courses with additional, higher level workload and evaluation criteria.

Non-course requirements

  • Research Proposal Milestone
  • Thesis
  • Comprehensive Examination Milestone
  • Presentation of a public lecture on thesis topic
  • Passing of an oral exam
  • Attendance at all LIS research colloquia for the duration of the student's residency



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