22. Master's Degree Regulations

(A)  Master's Degree Thesis 
A candidate for the Master's degree, unless proceeding to the degree by a report, research essay, or course program, as may be provided for in the candidate’s specific program of study, will present a thesis. The subject of the thesis must be approved by the appropriate GAU within the time limits set by the GAU. 

The Master's thesis must demonstrate the candidate's competence to undertake independent research work; it must make a contribution to knowledge in the candidate's field of study; it must show that the candidate is fully aware of the pertinent published material; and it must be written in a satisfactory literary style. As well, it should be free of typographical and other mechanical errors. 

The thesis will, in the first instance, be examined by the GAU and, if approved, will then be submitted to an Examining Board appointed by the DoGs  of the GAU concerned or designate (or in the case  of an interdisciplinary  thesis, the  DoGs of the GAUs concerned or their designates). Where an Interdisciplinary thesis is emanating from a degree in the Interdisciplinary GAU of the SGS, the Examining Board will be appointed by the Interdisciplinary Steering Committee of the SGS. The Examining Board will be constituted as follows: 

  • The Examining Board must have at least 2 members, beyond the supervisor, one of whom may (but need not) have been associated with the development of the thesis, and the other of whom must be from outside the the student's GAU and must not have been associated with the development of the thesis. Additional members may be added but are not required.
  • The Examining Board may (but need not) include an external reader.
  • The Chair of an Examining Board will be a member of the candidate's GAU and will not have been formally involved in the supervision of the candidate.

 Should the Examining Board approve the thesis, it will then examine the candidate orally. The oral examination will be chaired by the Director of GraduateStudies in the student's GAU, who will not vote. The oral examination is open to the public and members of the university. At the discretion of the chair of the oral defence, members of the public and the university will be permitted to question the candidate but will have no vote. The Director of Graduate Studies of the specific GAU will report the decision of the Examining Board to the Dean of Graduate Studies. 

The thesis must conform in all respects to the regulations governing the presentation of theses approved by the School of Graduate Studies. The dates for presentation of Master's theses to the GAU, posted on the website and available from the School of Graduate Studies, should be noted. However, theses may be submitted at any time of the year. 

(B)  Master's Degree Report/Research Essay 
A candidate for the Master's degree by report must prepare a report as part of the program and this report must be approved by an Examining Board established by the DoGs of the GAU concerned or designate. The Examining Board will be constituted in the same manner as the Examining Board for a Masters Thesis under Master's Degree Thesis. The report must conform in all respects to the regulations governing the presentation of theses and reports approved by the School of Graduate Studies. One member of the Board may be from outside the GAU. Should the Report be approved, the candidate will be examined orally. The oral examination will be chaired by the Director of Graduate Studies in the student's GAU.

The chair will not have a vote.  The oral will be open to members of the public and the university. At the discretion of the chair, members of the public and the university may ask questions but they do not vote. The Director of Graduate Studies will report the decision of the Committee to the Dean of Graduate Studies. 

In the Faculty of Engineering the report must be based upon work done by the student under the supervision of a faculty member. The student is permitted to carry out this work at her/his place of employment provided that supervision is maintained by a faculty member. The Faculty of Engineering also requires the student to give an oral presentation of the report unless she /he is excused by the GAU concerned. In all other respects, the regulations are those as described in the previous paragraph.

A candidate for the Master’s degree by major research essay must conform in all respects to the regulations governing the supervision, preparation, and presentation of the major research essay as approved by the candidate’s GAU, the Executive Committee  of the SGS, and the two Senates. 

(C)  Program Master’s Regulations:

Each separate Master’s degree program will have its own regulations for admission and program completion. Please refer to the regulations governing your specific program by contacting the graduate secretary and/or DoGs in your GAU. 

(D)  Regulations for Joint and Interdisciplinary Degrees:
Candidates whose programs do not readily fall under the jurisdiction of a single GAU may undertake a joint graduate degree at the doctoral or master’s level. Graduate students who take a substantial part of their course work outside the discipline in which they received their undergraduate training may register for such a joint graduate degree.

Graduate students who are to be candidates for a joint degree must meet the regular admission requirements of the SGS. A candidate will be accepted into such a program with the approval of the faculty member(s) who will supervise the research, or GAUs concerned, and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

The graduate student’s research must be directly supervised by one or more faculty members. In addition, each student should have an Advisory Committee of two or more faculty members from the appropriate disciplines.

The course program of the graduate student should be analogous to that of graduate students in the GAUs concerned and must be approved by those Faculties or GAUs. 
If a graduate student's program includes a thesis, a thesis proposal must be submitted to the GAUs concerned. The determination of whether a student should be placed in a joint degree program or an interdisciplinary one shall be resolved by the Dean of SGS, the DoGs, and supervisors of the units involved.

When a difference in regulations governing the degree occurs between the GAUs concerned, it should be resolved by the Dean of Graduate Studies in consultation with the DOGS and supervisors involved. 
The exact designation of the degree received will in each case be determined by the School of Graduate Studies upon recommendation by the GAUs concerned.   When the program of study and research does not fit into an existing GAU or combination of GAUs, the candidate may apply to do an interdisciplinary degree under the interdisciplinary GAU of the SGS.  Please see the Interdisciplinary section of the graduate calendar for approved Interdisciplinary degrees. Those interested in applying for such degrees should first see the Interdisciplinary DoGs of the SGS.