Individually Structured Programs
The purpose of the individually structured program (ISP) is to make it possible for academically superior, well-motivated students who have made up their minds about their long-term goals to put together a program that, while based on an existing departmental program, would be adapted to the particular needs of the individual. For example, a student intending to enter a program in Molecular Biology in a particular graduate school could ensure that his or her undergraduate preparation is most appropriate to that program; or again, a student in Translation might wish to have a background in a particular area of knowledge for a specific type of job. The possibility of an ISP will not necessarily exist in all departments, and it is not anticipated that more than a few such programs will be approved in a given year. Approval must be obtained at both the department and Faculty levels.
A high level of performance in previous studies is required, and students must maintain that level throughout. The program will consist of not less than 60 credits, and must be based on a departmental or program core, usually a Major. In this way students will have no problem in completing a regular departmental program should they decide not to pursue their ISP. It should be noted that students may not apply directly to the ISP program, but may apply only through the department that hosts the main program of study.
The program of study must be worked out with the appropriate adviser at the time of enrolment in the program, and the proposal must be accompanied by a careful, although not necessarily long, statement of the student's goals, indicating the specific reason for their program choice. An ISP may be used for either a BA or BSc degree.
As there is no direct admission into the ISP program, students interested in pursuing an Individually Structured Program (ISP) should contact the Academic Advisor, Faculty of Arts and Science, at 514-848- 2424 ext. 2104. Formal entry to the ISP may occur only after completion of preparatory courses such as those required in Mature Entry and Extended Credit programs.
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