Current Students

As a current student we want you to feel supported and to be able to find things that you need in order to progress in your degree.  In combination with support and direction provided by the Director and the program office, we hope you will find this section helpful.  You are encouraged to visit this website regularly when you have questions.

On this page, you will find tips on being successful and information which will help you check if you are on track.

For Starters

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Take advantage of the FGS and IS orientations and workshops - they are planned out to provide you with a firm grounding in IS but also in graduate studies at York University in general. When you know what the expectations are and where to find information and support in order to meet them, your program will progress smoothly so you can focus on your area of passion and inquiry. The following are IS-suggested tutorials and resources:

Contact the Interdisciplinary Studies Subject Librarian should you have further questions or concerns:
Ilo Maimets
ilo@yorku.ca 

Tips for Becoming a Successful Interdisciplinary Studies Student

As you will remember when you first met with the program director or attended an info session, IS requires motivated self-directed students who take initiative to steer their own program of inquiry. From being on top of deadlines, knowing the stages of your program and where to find the information you need to progress, to scheduling and directing your meetings with your supervisors and supervisory team - the successful IS student is organized, motivated and driven.

speaking takes courage, listening takes more

 

You also not only accept feedback and direction from your team of three wise co-supervisors - you seek it out and grow from it.

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Have a look on the Student Leadership section to find examples of how to organize supervisory meetings. Our IS Community uses DOODLE polls to organize supervisory meetings. And now there is a smartphone/tablet app that makes this even easier.

 

Additionally, it would be good to look at award winning professor Dr. Hernan Humana explain the very best ways to succeed at York. You'll be glad you watched this.

Are You On Track?

Stages of Academic Progress for Full Time Students

Year 1

  • December 30th
    1 full course or 2 half courses completed
  • January 30th
    Interim Progress Report
    First full draft of Thesis Proposal
  • April 15th
    Annual Progress Report
    Thesis Proposal
  • April 30th
    1 full course or 2 half courses completed , i.e. (course requirements completed)

Year 2

  • Ongoing - post full approval
    Research/Field Work/Data Collection
  • January 30th
    Interim Progress Report
    First full draft of Thesis Proposal
  • January-March
    Colloquium Presentation
  • Ongoing - seeking regular feedback
    Thesis Writing
  • Ongoing Updates
    Supervisory Committee Meetings
  • March 1st
    Final Title of Thesis and Abstract
  • April 15th
    Annual Progress Report

Spring Convocation

  •  March 1st (check FGS page)
    Recommendation for Oral Exam
    3 copies of Thesis (see MA Thesis Checklist)
  • Approx April 30th (check FGS page)
    Oral Examination
  • Check FGS  page - dates change yearly
    Final copy of Thesis to FGS
  • Early June
    Convocation

Fall Convocation

  • August 1st (check FGS page for actual date)
    Recommendation for Oral Exam
    3 copies of Thesis (see MA Thesis Checklist)
  • Approx Sept 30th (check FGS page)
    Oral Examination
  • Approx  September 15th (check FGS page)
    Final copy of Thesis to FGS
  • Early October
    Convocation

Stages of Academic Progress for Part Time Students

Year 1

  • January 30th
    Interim Progress Report
  • April 15th
    Annual Progress Report
  • April 30th
    1 full course or 2 half courses completed  

Year 2

  • January 30th
    Interim Progress Report
    First full draft of Thesis Proposal
  • April 15th
    Annual Progress Report
    Thesis Proposal
  • April 30th
    1 full course or 2 half courses completed

Year 3

  • Ongoing - post full approval
    Research/Field Work/Data Collection
  • January 30th
    Interim Progress Report
  • January-March
    Colloquium Presentation
  • April 30th
    1 full course or 2 half courses completed
  • Ongoing - seeking regular feedback
    Thesis Writing
  • More often during thesis writing
    Supervisory Committee Meetings
  • March 1
    Final Title of Thesis and Abstract
  • April 15
    Annual Progress Report

Spring Convocation

  • March 1st (check FGS page)
    Recommendation for Oral Exam
    3 copies of Thesis (see MA Thesis Checklist)
  • Approx April 30th (check FGS page)
    Oral Examination
  • Check FGS  page - dates change yearly
    Final copy of Thesis to FGS
  • Early June
    Convocation

Fall Convocation

  • August 1st (check FGS page for actual date)
    Recommendation for Oral Exam
    3 copies of Thesis (see MA Thesis Checklist)
  • Approx Sept 30th (check FGS page)
    Oral Examination
  • Approx  September 15th (check FGS page)
    Final copy of Thesis to FGS
  • Early October
    Convocation

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