Graduate Diploma of Advanced Study in Information Studies (DAIS) program

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About DAIS

This post-Master’s diploma is designed:

  • For information professionals who want to pursue further studies, but do not wish to take a PhD degree
  • For practitioners who wish to advance their professional standing, develop a specialization, or redirect their career
  • To build on a person’s knowledge, experience, previous education, and special interests
  • To be tailored to the individual’s needs and interests

Pre-requirements:

  • Each applicant must have a University of Toronto  MI, MISt, MIS, MLS or MMSt degree, or equivalent.
  • Examples of equivalent degrees include, but are not limited to: Master of Science in Information (MSI), Master of Archival Studies (MAS) Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS).
  • The Faculty of Information Graduate Coordinator will assess the equivalence of other degrees.
  • Each applicant  must have an overall average of B+ in their master's degree and are expected to be competent in the use of information technology.
  • Each applicant must have a good command of English

DAIS can be taken part-time or full-time. However, achieving the goal of a cohesive DAIS program may require significant day-time attendance.  Students must be prepared to take regularly scheduled courses. 

DAIS credits cannot be transferred to the PhD program, and there is no DAIS thesis option.

Program requirements

Courses are selected in consultation with the iSchool Graduate coordinator.

The Graduate Coordinator must approve the program before registration by signing the DAIS Program of Study Form

DAIS requires 24 credit hours (i.e., eight half courses):

  • At least six courses must be chosen from Master of Information program of courses
  • Only one of these courses may be a reading course
  • Up to two graduate courses from other departments may be taken

All courses must normally be completed within three years from first registration.

Part-time study

DAIS may be taken on a part-time basis.

Achieving the goal of a cohesive program within the DAIS program may require significant day-time attendance: students must be prepared to take regularly scheduled courses.

All courses must normally be completed within three years from first registration.

Administration

DAIS is administered by the iSchool Graduate Coordinator, who will: 

  • Assess applications for admission to the program
  • Consult with DAIS students in developing their programs of study
  • Approve each program of study
  • Confirm that the requirements of each student’s program have been completed