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The Collaborative Graduate Specialization offers students with interests citizenship, migration, and diversity the opportunity to widen their horizons – to expand their knowledge beyond a single disciplinary base, and to take advantage of the wealth of academic resources available at the University of Toronto – a great university situated in a large and cosmopolitan city.

Students can take advantage of special lectures, conference, and workshops sponsored by the Robert F. Harney Professorship and Program in Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies. These events bring eminent researchers and practitioners from around the world to enhance the research community at the University of Toronto.

Who can participate

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Ethnic, Immigration, and Pluralism Studies is a Collaborative Graduate Specialization. It is open only to students who have been admitted to and enrolled in a Master’s or Doctoral program in one of the collaborating graduate units at the University of Toronto.

The list of those units is as follows: Anthropology, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES), Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (CTL), Geography, Global Affairs (GA), History, Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources (CIRHR), Political Science, Religion, School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG), Social Work, Sociology, Social Justice Education (SJE), Leadership, Higher and Adult Education (LHAE), and Women and Gender Studies Institute (WGSI). See below for a list of faculty members on the EIP Faculty Advisory Committee.

(NOTE: Students from other graduate units at the University of Toronto may also participate upon special approval by the EIP Director).

Upon successfully completing the requirements, in addition to a Master’s or a Doctoral degree in their disciplines, students will receive a specialization noted on their transcripts as “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies.” EIP does not itself grant degrees.

How to enroll

Once admitted to one of the collaborating graduate units listed above, students become automatically eligible to join the Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies specialization (i.e. we do not have separate admissions requirements). There is no firm deadline to join the EIP specialization, but new applications should be sent in preferably before the start of each new academic year (i.e. end of July, mid-August).

To finalize the process:

  1. The student should contact the Harney Program Coordinator by e-mail to express their wish to join EIP. (The student may also ask their graduate administrator to contact us on their behalf).
  2. The EIP administrator will e-mail the student a form (contact information and a brief intent of study)  to be returned completed and saved in PDF.
  3. The Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies office will send a formal notification of acceptance to the home graduate unit and to the School of Graduate Studies.
  4. The student’s status on ROSI will reflect the fact that she/he has been accepted into the Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies Collaborative Specialization.

Requirements

It is very important for students who wish to participate in the Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies Collaborative Specialization to inform themselves on how our requirements fit in with their home unit’s program requirements.

Master level

TWO 0.5 FCE (Full Course Equivalent) courses in ethnicity from two different disciplines, chosen from the list of approved courses. At least one of the two courses will be in a discipline (department) other than the one in which the student is enrolled.

Coordinating seminar in ethnicity (EIP3000H – see below) offered in the Fall or Winter semester and taught by the EIP director.

When a practicum is required for the completion of a Master’s degree, it will focus on ethnicity.

The major paper or thesis, as required by the graduate unit, will be in the area of ethnic studies.

Doctoral level

FOUR 0.5 FCE courses in ethnicity, from at least two different disciplines, chosen from the list of approved courses. Courses taken for the Master’s degree may be counted toward this requirement, upon approval by the EIP Director. At least two of the courses will be in disciplines (departments) other than the one in which the student is enrolled.

Coordinating seminar in ethnicity (EIP3000H – see below) offered in the Fall or Winter semester and taught by the EIP director (students who have taken this course for the Master’s degree do not need to repeat it).

When the student’s graduate unit requires more than one comprehensive examination, one of the examinations will be in ethnicity. When there are no comprehensive examinations but an examination on the thesis proposal is required, the examination will focus on ethnicity, and in all cases the thesis will be on subject matter dealing with ethnicity.

A PhD thesis will focus on ethnicity; the supervisor of the thesis committee will be a specialist in the area of ethnicity.

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