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Program Options

The Immigration and Settlement Studies Program may be completed by full-time or part-time study. Please note that the number of part-time students accepted into the program is limited.

From the student's initial registration in graduate studies, there is both a minimum and maximum time to degree completion. The ISS student majority typically completes the program in the given minimum time-to-completion.

ISS graduate students begin their studies in September or the fall term.  Students are mentored by a faculty advisor or supervisor and advised on a program of study towards completion of the degree requirements.

Below are recommended time paths for the completion of the Master's degree requirements given the minimum time-to-completion.

Term 1
Fall

Term 2
Winter

Term 3
Spring Summer

IS 8901
required

IS 8100A*
placement preparation

IS 8100B*
placement

IS 8903
required

IS 8902
required

Major Research Paper** (MRP)

IS XXXX
elective

IS 8904
required

IS XXXX
elective

IS XXXX
elective

Term 1
Fall

Term 2
Winter

Term 3
Spring Summer

IS 8901
required


IS 8100A*
placement preparation

IS 8100B*
placement

IS 8903
required

IS 8904
required

Term 4
Fall

Term 5
Winter

Term 6
Spring Summer

IS XXXX
elective

IS 8902
required


Major Research Paper** (MRP)


IS XXXX
elective

IS XXXX
elective

*ISS students are enrolled in IS8100A to attend preparation sessions for their placement in the following term.  The placement requirement is evaluated following the completion of IS8100B.  The final assessment will normally be Pass/Fail.

**The major research paper (MRP) is considered to be a Milestone.  A Milestone is a component of a program which is required for graduation, but is not offered in a traditional in-class course framework.  ISS students are enrolled in the Milestone when they are ready to commence work on their MRP.  The final assessment will normally be Pass/Fail.

In addition to the placement and major research paper:
Full-time students may choose up to four (4) required and/or elective courses per term.
Part-time students may take no more than two (2) required and/or elective courses per term.

Not all elective courses are offered in a given year.  The current list of elective courses is expanded as enrolment increase; as the program develops, and new faculty or adjunct faculty becomes involved with the program.

For a description of the Immigration and Settlement Studies graduate curriculum and courses consult the Yeates School of Graduate Studies Calendar.

Continuous enrolment is a requirement of all Ryerson graduate students.  Graduate students must be enrolled in every term of their program until all requirements of their program have been met, unless they have been granted a Leave of Absence or have withdrawn from the program.

From term of initial registration Minimum
Time-to-Completion

Maximum
Time-to-Completion

Full-time studies 3 terms (1 year) 9 terms (3 years)
Part-time studies
6 terms (2 years) 15 terms (5 years)