Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits.
Please see the Communication Studies Courses page for course descriptions.
credits of Required Courses:
• COMS 800 Integrative Seminar (3.00) • COMS 835 Doctoral Pro-Seminar (3.00)
• COMS 815 Doctoral Examination (3.00)
• COMS 890 Doctoral Thesis Proposal (6.00)
• COMS 896 Doctoral Thesis Research (63.00)
All students must enrol in COMS 800 in the first term of Year 1; COMS 815, COMS 835 and one additional elective course from among the program's offerings in Year 2; and COMS 890 and COMS 896 in Year 3.
Under normal circumstances, students enrol in the Doctoral Examination (COMS 815) in Year 2 of the program. Normally, the written portion of the examination is defended orally by no later than the end of the Fall Term in Year 2. It is compulsory to finish the examination before registering in COMS 835 .
In the term following the completion of course work (usually the sixth term) students should submit a thesis proposal (COMS 890) to their thesis director. Students must have completed the doctoral examination (COMS 815) before registering for the thesis proposal. The thesis proposal should be completed within three years of the student's first enrolment.
All degree requirements, including the thesis, must be completed within six years of the student's first enrolment for full-time studies and eight years for part-time studies.
Supervision. Students are assigned an academic advisor when they first register. Students are required to choose a thesis director before the end of their third term in the program.
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