By November 30th of their first year, each student must submit to the Program office a brief outline of their proposed research that has been reviewed and approved by the members of their supervisory committee.
The work must be original – it must contain your own argument, supported by research carried out by the student.
A declaration of the ethical issues around the underlying research must be made early in the student’s first year. An ethics review will be required without exception for all students who are interacting with outside individuals in any manner (interviews, questionnaires, consultations, observations, etc.).
The work must be prepared in accordance with the Faculty of Graduate Studies thesis and dissertation guidelines. This includes both stylistic requirements and requirements for handling copyrighted materials.
- 300 pages long (about 100,000 words)
- as a monograph by a reputable publisher OR
- in several articles appearing in reputable journals
Before the dissertation is written, an extended dissertation proposal outline must be submitted by April 30th of the student’s first year (in addition to the brief outline required earlier in the year). Both the extended dissertation proposal outline and the final dissertation will be examined by examining committees. The student will present and defend them orally before the committees.