Part 6: Thesis Progress and Regulations

Statement of progress and standing

Once each term, the Supervisory Committee completes the Statement of Progress and Standing form (www.ulethbridge.ca/graduate-studies/forms) for students registered in Management 6100 - Master’s Thesis. This form identifies critical milestones in the student’s research that, if not reached by the student, flag the need for some remediation process. After the Statement of Progress and Standing form is completed, the supervisor, Supervisory Committee members, and student must all sign it. The original form must be submitted to the Management Graduate Programs Office to maintain registration in Management 6100 - Master’s Thesis.

Purpose and requirements of the Master’s Thesis

Purpose of the Master’s Thesis

All Master of Science (Management) students are required to present a Master’s Thesis. The Master’s Thesis must make a significant, original contribution to the body of knowledge in a given discipline. It must show that the student:

  • Is familiar with the published literature in the Master’s Thesis’ subject area
  • Has used appropriate research methods
  • Has applied appropriate levels of critical analysis
  • Is competent to complete independent research and present the findings
  • Is able to present, defend, and debate the findings in a public forum

The material in the Master’s Thesis must, in the judgement of the Thesis Examination Committee, be suitable for publication.

Master’s Thesis requirements

The School of Graduate Studies specifies the following requirements for the Master’s Thesis:

  • The student must work independently to produce the Master’s Thesis.
  • The student must orally defend the Master’s Thesis. The Master’s Thesis oral defence is open to other students, faculty, and members of the community. Under extraordinary circumstances, a request for a closed Master’s Thesis oral defence may be made by the student or any member of the Examination Committee to the Dean of Graduate Studies. A request for a closed Master’s Thesis oral defence is normally made in conjunction with the request for Master’s Thesis oral defence. The Thesis Examination Committee assesses the Master’s Thesis, and conducts the Master’s Thesis oral defence.
  • The Master’s Thesis remains the intellectual property of the student.
  • The student grants the University permission to use the Master’s Thesis for further research and study.
  • Prior to graduation, the student must provide PDF copy of the final version of the Master’s Thesis and all research material used for the Master’s Thesis.