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Program Requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy in Library, Archival, and Information Studies builds on the successful interdisciplinary established at the master's level.

The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

The program consists of:

Required courses

Year 1

  • LAIS 605 (3) Advanced Seminar in Research Methods
  • At least one additional 3 credit course on data analysis (at the 500-level). The course must be pre-approved by the student’s supervisor.
  • LAIS 607 (3) Doctoral Proseminar

  • LAIS 608 (3) Advanced Academic and Research Practices in Library Archival and Information Studies

  • LAIS 609 (3-6) d Advanced Seminar in Library, Archival, and Information Studies Topics

For the above, alternative courses can be approved based on consultation between the student and their supervisor.

    Year 2
  • LAIS 620 (6) Advanced Study in Major Area
  • LAIS 621 (6) Advanced Study in Minor Area
  • Additional coursework as recommended by the research supervisor and/or doctoral committee
  • A comprehensive examination (written and oral components) at an appropriate time as judged by the student's doctoral committee, not before the end of the first year, but before the end of the third year
  • Research leading to a written dissertation (LAIS 699) that is defended in an oral examination

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