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.

Stream-specific milestones

Thesis Full-Time

Students in the thesis option are required to complete 5 course credits, as well as the thesis proposal and thesis.

YEAR 1

Fall Term
  • MS 9100: Interdisciplinary Foundations of Media Theory (required)
  • MS 9101: Research Methods (required)
  • One elective (possible, but not recommended due to workload)
Winter Term
  • 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
Summer Term
  • 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. Students without an approved proposal by July 1 will automatically be placed in the Major Research Paper option. 

YEAR 2

Fall Term
  • Media Studies Research Colloquium Milestone (required)
  • Any outstanding elective course
  • Thesis research and writing
Winter Term
  • 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 (Not Funded)
  • Completion of any editing or revisions required by the Committee
  • Submission of thesis and defence at an oral examination* see below

Thesis Part-Time

Students in the thesis option are required to complete 5 course credits, as well as the thesis proposal and thesis.

YEAR 1

Fall Term
One of:
  • MS 9100: Interdisciplinary Foundations of Media Theory (required)
  • MS 9101: Research Methods (required)
Winter Term
  • One elective
Summer Term
  • 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

  • The remaining required course (9100 or 9101)

Winter Term

  • One elective
  • Development of the Thesis Proposal

Summer Term

  • 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. Students without an approved proposal by June 15 will automatically be placed in the Major Research Paper option.

YEAR 3

Fall Term

  • Media Studies Research Colloquium (required)
  • Thesis research and writing

Winter Term

  • Thesis research and writing

Summer Term

  • 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

Major Research Project Full-Time

Students in the MRP option are required to complete 9 course credits, as well as the MRP.

YEAR 1

Fall and Winter Terms
  • MS 9100: Interdisciplinary Foundations of Media Theory (required)
  • MS 9101: Research Methods (required)
  • One elective (possible, but not recommended due to workload)

Summer Term

  • June 15: Final decisions regarding students entering the Major Research Project option vs. the Thesis option
  • Selection of MRP Supervisor, if not already chosen
  • Meetings with supervisor to discuss MRP topic
  • Submission of draft MRP proposal to the supervisor
  • Revision of the MRP proposal

YEAR 2

Fall Term
  • Submission of the final, approved MRP proposal
  • Remaining electives
  • Media Studies Research Colloquium Milestone (required)
  • MRP research and writing

Winter Term

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

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

Major Research Project Part-Time

Students in the MRP option are required to complete 9 course credits, as well as the MRP.

YEAR 1

Fall Term
One of:

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

Winter Term

  • One or two electives

Summer Term

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

YEAR 2

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

Winter Term

  • One or two electives

Summer Term

  • One elective (possibly)
  • June 15: Final decisions regarding students entering the Major Research Project 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 Project

YEAR 3

Fall Term

  • Media Studies Research Colloquium Milestone (required)
  • One elective

Winter Term

  • Remaining elective(s)
  • MRP writing

Summer Term

  • MRP writing

YEAR 4

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





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