Part 4: Committees

Thesis Examination Committee

Membership of the Thesis Examination Committee

There are at least five (5) members on the Thesis Examination Committee:

  • A Chair: Normally the Director of management graduate programs or the Director’s designate, unless otherwise appointed by the Management Graduate Programs Committee. The Thesis Examination Committee Chair is a non-voting member of the Master’s Thesis oral defence. The Thesis Examination Committee Chair helps ensure consistency in both quality and procedures.
  • Internal Examiners: All members of the student’s Supervisory Committee.
  • An External Examiner: External to the University, with expertise in the area of research. The External Examiner must have no academic relationship with the student or the supervisor that constitutes conflict of interest and must submit a completed Conflict of Interest form (www.ulethbridge.ca/graduate-studies/forms) with his or her curriculum vitae to the supervisor who will forward it to the School of Graduate Studies for decanal consideration with a rationale for choosing the particular individual.

All members are voting members, except the Chair. The Management Graduate Programs Committee approves the membership of the Thesis Examination Committee.

Duties and responsibilities of the Thesis Examination Committee

The overall responsibility of the Thesis Examination Committee is to assess the completed Master’s Thesis, by reviewing the Master’s Thesis, and conducting the Master’s Thesis oral defence in accordance with the procedures developed by the School of Graduate Studies.

The committee’s specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Reviewing and assessing the completed Master’s Thesis, in accordance with the guidelines described in the Assessing the Master’s Thesis.
  • Questioning of the student during the Master’s Thesis oral defence.
  • Assessing the student, based on the Master’s Thesis, and the student’s responses and performance during the Master’s Thesis oral defence.

The Thesis Examination Committee Chair is responsible for:

  • Chairing the Master’s Thesis oral defence to ensure procedural fairness and consistency, and to assist the Thesis Examination Committee to reach an assessment decision (see Making a decision).
  • Informing the student of the results of the Master’s Thesis oral defence and reporting the results to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies immediately following the defence.

The Thesis Examination Committee Chair is a representative of the School of Graduate Studies and is required to be familiar with the policies and procedures related to the Master’s Thesis oral defence.