Where can I get information about the courses in the program?
See Curriculum and Course Listing
What are the differences between the Faculty Advisor role and Thesis/MRP/Project Supervision?
The role of the Faculty Advisor is (1) to support new students for course and program decisions, and (2) to assist them as they develop a Plan of Study. This advisory role does not normally include professional assistance - such as networking, or coaching grant and conference proposal development.
A Supervisor, who must be formally accepted by the ComCult Executive Committee as eligible to supervise in the Joint Program, is generally a more intense role. A Supervisor will ideally guide the student through academic and procedural concerns to develop, research, write and complete a dissertation, thesis, MRP or project. A Faculty Advisor may or may not be involved in the student's subsequent committee depending on their interests and availability in relation to the student's chosen topic.
What are the policies of the School of Graduate Studies on . . . ?
A collection of Policies and Guidelines specifically pertaining to Ryerson Graduate Faculty may be found on the Policies page of the Graduate Studies site.
What is the deadline for dropping courses without penalty (or other questions about dates)?
ComCult observes all dates and deadlines pertaining to Ryerson Graduate Studies. Visit Calendars and Dates on the Graduate Studies site.
Where can I (or the student) get the forms that I have to sign and submit?
All forms are collected at, and may be downloaded from, Forms & Administration. In most cases, Faculty Advisors will only need one of the following:
What is the difference between a Progress Report and a Program of Study?
The Program of Study is done only once in a student’s program, and is due in their first semester (typically the Fall term). The Program of Study lays out the entire plan for the student’s graduate degree, including a list of possible courses (indicating the estimated term during which each course will be completed).
For an MA student, the Program of Study will tentatively indicate whether they intend to complete their graduate degree with a Thesis, Major Research Paper or Project.
A Progress Report refers back to the original Program of Study, and is due every term (see Important Dates). Progress Reports list what the student has completed to date, and includes any comments from the Faculty Advisor (and, subsequently, their Supervisor) on the student’s academic progress.