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Individualized Program (INDI)

Admissions

Only outstanding applicants will be considered. Interested candidates should immediately consult the Individualized Program’s (INDI) website to determine fields of study, potential supervisory committee members and other application procedures. Applicants should take note that entry to this program requires a clearly formulated program of study and the identification of a proposed supervisory committee as part of the application. (Doctoral applicants interested in pursuing a degree in inter-disciplinary studies in the areas of Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture should apply to the Humanities Doctoral Program).

The INDI Program Committee reviews all application material submitted by the applicant.

Doctor of/Doctorate in Philosophy (Individualized Program)

Program Requirements

The Individualized Program exists to promote innovative and creative approaches to issues that are outside the normal boundaries of investigation of existing graduate programs. Students are engaged in individualized research initiatives supported by an integrated program of study drawing on the various resources available at the University both within a Faculty or across Faculties. In most cases, individuals applying to an Individualized Program must propose a program of study involving multidisciplinary scholarship on problems that are not normally the province of disciplines represented by departments in this University. These applicants propose a supervisory committee involving faculty from at least two different departments/units. However, a limited number of students may be admitted who propose programs within a single discipline and involving faculty from only one department/unit. In all cases, applicants include a proposed supervisory committee, courses, and research plan.

Course Requirements for Students with a Pure and Applied Science, Computer Science or Engineering Concentration. Students with a pure and applied science, computer science or engineering concentration have the option of taking up to two directed research courses in fulfillment of their coursework requirements. The primary objective of such a course is for the student to acquire competencies in discipline specific research practices and/or generate useable research data under the direction of their principal supervisor.

Candidates admitted to an Individualized Program are required to conform to School of Graduate Studies regulations for graduate students.

Admission Requirements. Candidates must have completed a master’s degree or its equivalent in a relevant disciplinary area.

Credits. Candidates are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits apportioned as follows:

  1. Coursework: 18 credits of coursework to be taken from Doctoral Level Studies INDI courses OR from any regularly scheduled graduate courses. Students must have the permission of the INDI Director to register for regularly scheduled graduate courses.

    1. Students are required to complete a minimum of 6 credits of regularly scheduled courses.

    2. Students must take 3 credits from a research methodology seminar in their first or second year. The 3 credits must be chosen from among the numerous courses in methodology offered by various departments at Concordia University.
       
  2. Doctoral Comprehensive Examination: INDI 885 (3 credits)

  3. Doctoral Thesis Proposal: INDI 887 (3 credits)

  4. Doctoral Research and Thesis: INDI 890 (66 credits)

Residence. The minimum period of residence is 24 months of full-time study, or its equivalent in part-time study.

C Rule. Students are allowed no more than one C grade while registered in an Individualized Program. Students who receive more than one C grade will be withdrawn from the program.

F Rule. Students who receive an F grade will be withdrawn from the program.

Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.

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Master of/Magisteriate in Arts/Science (Individualized Program)

Program Requirements

The Individualized Program exists to promote innovative and creative approaches to issues that are outside the normal boundaries of investigation of existing graduate programs. Students are engaged in individualized research initiatives supported by an integrated program of study drawing on the various resources available at the University both within a Faculty or across Faculties. In most cases, individuals applying to an Individualized Program must propose a program of study involving multidisciplinary scholarship on problems that are not normally the province of disciplines represented by departments in this University. These applicants propose a supervisory committee involving faculty from at least two different departments/units. However, a limited number of students may be admitted who propose programs within a single discipline and involving faculty from only one department/unit. In all cases, applicants include a proposed supervisory committee, courses, and research plan.

Course Requirements for Students with a Pure and Applied Science, Computer Science or Engineering Concentration. Students with a pure and applied science, computer science or engineering concentration have the option of taking up to two directed research courses in fulfillment of their coursework requirements. The primary objective of such a course is for the student to acquire competencies in discipline specific research practices and/or generate useable research data under the direction of their principal supervisor.

Candidates admitted to an Individualized Program are required to conform to School of Graduate Studies regulations for graduate students.

Admission Requirements. Candidates must have completed a bachelor’s degree with high academic standing in a relevant disciplinary area or its equivalent.

Credits. Candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits apportioned as follows:

  1. Coursework: 18 credits of coursework to be taken from Master’s Level Studies INDI courses OR from any regularly scheduled graduate courses. Students must have the permission of the INDI Director to register for regularly scheduled graduate courses.

    1. Students are required to complete a minimum of 6 credits of regularly scheduled courses.

    2. Students must take 3 credits from a research methodology seminar in their first or second year. The 3 credits must be chosen from among the numerous courses in methodology offered by various departments at Concordia University.
       
  2. Master’s Thesis Proposal: INDI 687 (3 credits)

  3. Master’s Research and Thesis: INDI 690 (24 credits)

Residence. The minimum period of residence is 12 months of full-time study, or its equivalent in part-time study.

C Rule. Students are allowed no more than one C grade while registered in an Individualized Program. Students who receive more than one C grade will be withdrawn from the program.

F Rule. Students who receive an F grade will be withdrawn from the program.

Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.

Courses

Students engaged in multidisciplinary studies are normally required to take a minimum of 9 credits in regularly scheduled graduate courses, including a research methodology seminar in their first or second year. The latter seminar explores methodological issues relevant to the principal area of the student’s research. It is chosen in consultation with the student’s principal supervisor from among the numerous courses in methodology offered by different departments at Concordia University. Please note that special permission from the departments in question (Chair or Graduate Program Director and Instructor) is necessary in order to have access to these courses. Individualized Program courses are designated INDI with successive numbers in the 600 sequence for master’s students and in the 800 sequence for doctoral students.

INDI 800-819 Doctoral Level Studies (6 credits)
INDI 820-839 Doctoral Level Studies (3 credits)
INDI 840-884 Doctoral Level Studies (variable credits)
INDI 885 Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (3 credits)

INDI 886 Special Topics (3 credits)
This optional seminar addresses a topic or range of topics of relevance to the research interests of a cross-section of the students enrolled in the program.

INDI 887 Doctoral Thesis Proposal (3 credits)
INDI 890 Doctoral Research and Thesis (66 credits)

INDI 898 Doctoral Directed Research Course (variable credits)
The student conducts research in a lab or another research site under the direction of his/her principal supervisor.
Note: The content will vary from term to term and from year to year. Students may re-register for this course, provided the course content has changed. Changes in content will be indicated by a letter following the course number, e.g. INDI 898A, INDI 898B, etc. These courses will be graded pass/fail.

INDI 899 International Doctoral Level Studies (3 credits)

INDI 600-619 Master’s Level Studies (6 credits)
INDI 620-639 Master’s Level Studies (3 credits)
INDI 640-684 Master’s Level Studies (variable credits)

INDI 686 Special Topics (3 credits)
This optional seminar addresses a topic or range of topics of relevance to the research interests of a cross-section of the students enrolled in the program.

INDI 687 Master’s Thesis Proposal (3 credits)
INDI 690 Master’s Research and Thesis (24 credits)

INDI 698 Master’s Directed Research Course (variable credits)
The student conducts research in a lab or another research site under the direction of his/her principal supervisor.
Note: The content will vary from term to term and from year to year. Students may re-register for this course, provided the course content has changed. Changes in content will be indicated by a letter following the course number, e.g. INDI 698A, INDI 698B, etc. These courses will be graded pass/fail.

INDI 699 International Master’s Level Studies (3 credits)

Comprehensive Examination

At the doctoral level, students are required to write an examination testing their basic knowledge of the relevant areas of each component discipline comprising their program of study. The supervisory committee supplies the student with an appropriate reading list to prepare for this examination.
Students are additionally required to write a Doctoral Comprehensive Examination Essay (5000-6000 words) that integrates the component disciplines of the program of study in addressing a particular issue. The student makes a formal essay topic proposal to the supervisory committee which decides with the student boundaries and expectations for the essay. The student is then given three weeks to submit the essay.

The supervisory committee evaluates these examinations; it may, however, consult with other faculty members in relevant areas where additional expertise is required for the evaluation. The principal supervisor submits the reading list, the questions, the answers/essay, and the evaluations along with the pass/fail grade to the INDI Director.

Thesis

A thesis in an Individualized Program represents a unique contribution to scholarship undertaken while the student is enrolled in the program. The master’s and doctoral theses offered at this University in cognate areas will normally provide an appropriate guide to the format and scope of the Individualized Program thesis requirements.

In the case of a nontraditional thesis – such as one involving a creative production – the requirement of scholarly contribution still applies. Thus, while a thesis may present a creative work as its central focus, it should nevertheless provide a scholarly discussion placing that work in the context of related ideas and works. As in the case of traditional theses, the nontraditional thesis is submitted to an oral examination where it is exposed to scholarly criticism and where the student is given an opportunity to defend it.

The thesis defence must provide for the inclusion of one external examiner at the doctoral level. At the master’s level, the thesis defence will include the student’s principal supervisor and at least two other committee members, one of whom may be an external examiner.

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