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Academic Standing and Progress

To be in good academic standing, students must comply with the School of Graduate Studies Regulations   as well as the degree regulations and program requirements for each degree program and make satisfactory progress towards degree completion, as measured by the general standards of the School of Graduate Studies or by the specific standards of the IMS.  Failure to maintain good academic standing may result in various sanctions, including ineligibility for student stipends fellowships and internal awards, and even termination of the program.

The IMS standards for maintaining good academic standing include:

Full time StudiesTimely Completion of Graduate RequirementsSatisfactory Completion of Graduate CoursesSuccessful PAC ReportsAchieve CandidacySupervisionPublicationsPresentationsCommunication

IMS students must maintain full-time registration at the University. They must not engage in more than 10 hours a week of employment outside their degree program. Students are expected to be actively engaged in their degree program for at least 14 out of 17 weeks in each term. Off campus study is not encouraged. Students who plan to be absent from the University for extended periods (more than 3 weeks in a term) will require written permission from the IMS.

Students must meet with their supervisor regularly and have a PAC meeting at least every six months. Courses are expected to be completed early in the degree program and every effort should be made to complete the degree program within the time period recommended in the timeline to degree completion.

Every course taken for graduate credit must have a grade of at least “B-“and a cumulative grade of “B” must be maintained by IMS students.  Students who do not meet these standards may be asked to withdraw from the IMS program, repeat the relevant course, or take an alternative course recommended by the IMS and approved by the School of Graduate Studies.

Formal meetings of the student, supervisor and committee must be held at least twice a year or every 6 months to review the student’s research proposal and monitor progress. If in each of two consecutive meetings, a student’s supervisory committee reports that the student’s progress is unsatisfactory, the graduate unit may recommend termination of registration. A student who encounters difficulties arranging PAC meetings should consult the Graduate Coordinator in advance of the relevant deadline for doing so. A student who fails to meet with the supervisory committee in a given year will be considered to have received an unsatisfactory progress report from the committee.

PhD students will be required to meet PhD Candidacy requirements by the end of year 3 of the degree program.

An IMS graduate student must be supervised by an IMS graduate faculty member.  The IMS has over 500 active graduate faculty members conducting a wide variety of research activities. If applying to the PhD program, your graduate supervisor must be a “Full Member” of the IMS graduate faculty. If applying to the MSc program, your graduate supervisor must be an “Associate Member” or “Full Member” of the IMS.  You can search for active faculty using the Faculty Search Tool.

General Supervision Guidelines

Please see the SGS Graduate Supervisory Guidelines.

Students should write and publish abstracts, manuscripts, etc. ideally as first-authors in peer reviewed journals.

Students should attend and present at meetings and conferences, local and international, including IMS Scientific Day as part of the MSC1010/1011 Seminar Series.

Ongoing and open communication between the student and supervisor is necessary for a successful program.