Part 8: Thesis Route

Key Deadlines for the Thesis Route

Note: This checklist is based on full-time student status.

A more detailed schedule will be forward to students at the start of their program.

Year One: Fall Semester (September–December)

  • Student completes all required coursework as outlined by instructors for NURS 5100 and NURS 5110
  • Student attends all scheduled on-campus program meetings
  • December (end of Fall semester): Submit to MN Program Committee Chair the name of the Thesis Supervisor on the Approval of Thesis Supervisor form (ulethbridge.ca/graduate-studies/forms)
  • December (end of semester): Submit the focus for the program of study (nursing education or clinical practice) to Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Coordinator on the MN Program Declaration form (ulethbridge.ca/graduate-studies/forms)

Year One: Spring Semester (January–April)

  • Student completes all required coursework as outlined by instructors for NURS 5120 and the research methods elective
  • Student attends all scheduled on-campus program meetings
  • Confirm the Thesis Supervisory Committee members during the first on-campus meeting for NURS 5120 and submit the Approval of Thesis Supervisory Committee form (ulethbridge.ca/graduate-studies/forms) to the chair of the MN Program Committee
  • Student discusses options for NURS 5130–Practice Experience with the Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Coordinator either via email or at the first on-campus meeting for NURS 5120 and submits the Practicum Placement Request form (ulethbridge.ca/graduate-studies/forms)
  • Progress meeting with the student, Thesis Supervisor and Thesis Supervisory Committee members to coincide with the second on-campus meeting for NURS 5120. If this is not possible, the meeting can be arranged by alternative means (e.g., teleconference, videoconference). The student and committee members complete the Statement of Progress and Standing form (ulethbridge.ca/graduate-studies/forms).

Year One: Summer Semester (May–August)

  • Student completes all required coursework as outlined by instructors for NURS 5130

Year Two: Fall Semester (September–December)

  • Student completes all required coursework as outlined by instructors for NURS 5160
  • Student attends all scheduled on-campus program meetings
  • Student completes the draft thesis proposal as per NURS 5160 timelines (see course syllabus)
  • Student submits the marked version of the Thesis Proposal to the Thesis Supervisor by November 1, and makes any necessary revisions. Once the Thesis Supervisor has tentatively approved the Thesis Proposal, the Thesis Supervisory Committee members will review it and an on-campus Thesis Proposal Colloquium will be scheduled for late November or very early December. At this time the student and committee members complete the Statement of Progress and Standing form (ulethbridge.ca/graduate-studies/forms).
  • Student completes the draft ethics review proposal as per NURS 5160 timelines, submits the draft to the Thesis Supervisor, makes any necessary revisions and submit to the appropriate research ethics board/committee (see Approval by Appropriate Research Ethics Board/Committee) committee prior to December 15

Year Two: Spring Semester (January–April)   

  • Student completes all required coursework as outlined by instructors for NURS 5140
  • Student attends all scheduled on-campus program meetings
  • Once ethics approval has been granted, student begins data collection and analysis

Year Two: Summer Semester (May–August)

  • Student completes the research and writes the Thesis
  • By June 1 the student contacts the Thesis Supervisor indicating readiness to defend the Thesis and forwards a copy of the completed Thesis
  • By June 15 the student confirms with the Thesis Supervisor that he or she agrees the Thesis is ready to move to forward to the Thesis Oral Defence and negotiates a defence date
  • By the end of July, the student completes the Thesis Oral Defence
  • Student submits a PDF copy of the Thesis via the e-thesis submission system for review and approval consideration by the SGS Dean
  • August 1 application deadline for Fall convocation  
Note: If the student is unable to complete the Thesis Oral Defence by the end of July, he or she will be required to register for the following semester using a placeholder course and pay the associated program fees.

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