Graduate Studies

General Information

More than ever before, information technology specialists need a deeper understanding of their field.

CSIT Graduate Manual

ITEC 5001, Seminar

  • The schedule for ITEC-5001 seminars can be found here.
  • Students must sign the attendance sheet to record their ITEC seminar attendance.
  • Attending ITEC 5001 seminars does not require registration. In fact, you should register after attending 8 seminars.
  • For external events, please inquire in advance with the seminar coordinator if the event can count towards ITEC seminar attendance. If so, students must submit a proof of attendance via an attendance form signed by the event organizer.
  • CLUE events are preapproved. The CLUE attendance sheet is shared with us, no need for another proof of attendance.
  • If you would like to present in an ITEC seminar, please email the seminar coordinator.

ITEC-5900, Directed Studies

Directed Studies (DS) course allows students to work on a topic that is not offered as a regular course. Read the CSIT Graduate Manual for the procedure to follow before you can register. You must coordinate with a faculty member to submit a course outline and a Directed Study Registration form.

Fast-track to PhD

The Fast-track option is to support students who are in a Master's program, have shown strong research potential, and intend to do a PhD. The Fast-track option allows students to enter the PhD program without finishing the Master’s requirements including the thesis. Discuss this option with your supervisor if you are doing a Master's.

The Fast-track applicants will be evaluated based on:

  • Academic background: This includes GPA both at finished programs and any un-finished Master's.
    • Master's courses are used as requirements for admission so in general do not count towards PhD requirements. But up to 1 credit of them can be used as Advanced Standing if approved by the School.
  • Research Potential: In absence of a Master's thesis, applicants need to demonstrate sufficient research potential. This is similar to those with a no-thesis Master's degree. Examples of evidence includes but is not limited to:
    • Peer-reviewed research publications.
    • Research presentations at conferences and workshops.
    • Research-based course projects with written deliverables.
  • Typical minimum requirements are:
    • GPA of 11.
    • Completion of 2 semesters and 4 courses.
    • At least one peer-reviewed publication or strong written reports or presentations on a research project. (Submit a manuscript for consideration in your fast-track application)
  • The Fast-track applications are reviewed by the Graduate Committee and if necessary approved by voting.

FGPA Fast-tracking Guidelines are available under Forms & Policies of their website: Fast-Tracking Guidelines

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