Honours Thesis designation

Take your academic accomplishments one step higher by receiving the Dhillon School of Business' Honours Thesis designation on your official transcript and degree parchment.

Qualified students in the Bachelor of Management degree, Bachelor of Management as a Second degree and Post-diploma Bachelor of Management degree are eligible for this designation. The designation is not available for combined degree programs.

If you're interested, you should meet with a Dhillon School of Business academic advisor early in your degree (after completion of 10 uLethbridge courses with a GPA of 3.30 or higher) to plan the incorporation of the Honours Thesis designation requirements into your program.

Why complete the Honours Thesis designation?

The Honours Thesis designation may be a good choice for you if you:

  • are considering graduate studies in business
  • have an interest in research
  • are looking for a scholastic challenge
  • want to explore a specific topic in depth and develop your own ideas
  • want to "stand out from the crowd" academically

Requirements for the Honours Thesis designation

You are eligible to receive the Honours Thesis designation on your official transcript and degree parchment if you maintain the minimum academic standards, and successfully complete the enrichment experience, two honours components, and the thesis as outlined below.  For more detailed information, please refer to the current academic calendar.

1. Enrichment experience

One of the following enrichment activities should be completed as early as possible in your studies:

2. Honours components I and II

Each honours component, Management 4895 - Honours Component I (0.0 credits; Pass/Fail; $0 tuition) and Management 4896 - Honours Component II, (0.0 credits; Pass/Fail; $0 tuition), involves at least 20 hours of extra academic or research work in two management honours-approved courses under the supervision of a faculty member. These courses must be non-core and non-introductory 3000/4000 level courses offered by the Dhillon School of Business. One honours-approved course must be in your major. The other can be any honours-approved management course.  Each prospective candidate for the honours-component course is responsible for obtaining support from a faculty supervisor.

3. Undergraduate thesis

Management 4995 - Undergraduate Thesis (6.0 credits) is a course where you will explore an area of interest and do supervised research linked to your declared major under the supervision of a faculty member.  Each prospective candidate for the Undergraduate Thesis course is responsible for obtaining support from a faculty supervisor. 

The prospective student must present a thesis proposal to be approved by the supervisor and the Dhillon School of Business Honours Committee prior to registration in the course.  Although it may be possible to complete the undergraduate thesis in one semester, it is recommended that it be extended over two semesters.

There are two criteria that are the basis for the final assessment for your thesis:

1. Written Component - the undergraduate thesis must be a sustained piece of approved research demonstrating a superior level of academic ability on the specified topic. 

2. Oral Component - a formal oral presentation is required demonstrating the ability to articulate clearly the nature of the thesis undertaken, the research methodology, and the results of the thesis.  This component is a demonstration of the student’s competence in oral communication and not necessarily an oral defence of the thesis, unless so designated by the School.

Your faculty supervisor will establish at the outset the weighting of the written and oral components of the thesis, as well as the procedure for determining the final grade.  A minimum grade of ‘B’ is required on the thesis.  The grade includes satisfactory completion of the required oral component. 

In order to receive the 'Honours Thesis' designation, students must maintain a term GPA of at least 3.30.  Students will be given one semester "grace" if the term GPA falls below 3.30, to accomodate extenuating circumstances.

Process for obtaining the Honours Thesis designation

Carefully read through the Honours Thesis designation section of the academic calendar and refer to the forms found in the Dhillon School of Business honours thesis designation forms (PDF) package. Individual Honours Thesis designation forms are referred to in italics on this page.

1. Honours information meeting

2. Enrichment activity

  • Complete the enrichment activity as early as possible in your studies.

3. Honours Component I (MGT 4895) registration

  • Ensure your calendar year is 14/15 or later and you have completed 60 or more credit hours.
  • Find a faculty supervisor to oversee your research in an honours-approved course.
  • Complete the Honours Component I Registration form and bring your completed form to meet with an advisor well before the add/drop deadline.

4. Honours Component II (MGT 4896) registration

  • Find a faculty supervisor to oversee your research in an honours-approved course.
  • Complete the Honours Component II Registration form and bring your completed form to meet with an advisor well before the add/drop deadline.

5. Undergraduate Thesis (MGT 4995) approval and registration

  • Ensure your GPA is 3.30 or higher on the last 10 uLethbridge courses, and you have completed 90 or more credit hours.
  • Find a faculty supervisor to oversee your research in the Undergraduate Thesis course.
  • Obtain signatures from your enrichment experience and honours components supervisors on the Undergrad Thesis Registration form.
  • In conjunction with the faculty supervisor, prepare a thesis proposal to be approved by the Dhillon School of Business Honours Committee.
  • Bring the following documents to meet with an advisor before Oct. 31 (spring enrollment), Feb. 28 (summer enrollment), or June 30 (fall enrollment):
    • your resume
    • your thesis proposal
    • the completed Undergrad Thesis Registration form
    • the completed Approval and Registration for the Undergraduate Thesis course form

Approval will be based on academic transcripts, any record of academic and non-academic misconduct, background experiences (volunteer, extra-curricular, work), approval of Honours requirement supervisors, and the thesis proposal. You will be notified by email on the results of your submission. The Dhillon School of Business Honours Committee decision is final and cannot be appealed.