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- second degree and Post-diploma Bachelor of Management are eligible for this designation.

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 3.3 or higher) to plan the incorporation of the Honours Thesis designation requirements into your program. The designation is not available for combined degrees programs.

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

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.  Although it is possible to complete the undergraduate thesis in one semester, it is recommended that it be extended over two semesters. Each prospective candidate for the Undergraduate Thesis course is responsible for obtaining support from a faculty supervisor.  A minimum grade of ‘B’ and satisfactory completion of the required oral component is required.  In order to receive the 'Honours Thesis' designation, students must maintain a term GPA of at least 3.30.

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

Please do not staple these documents as they will be scanned and submitted to the Dhillon School of Business Honours Committee for approval. 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.