Part 5: Committees

Master of Science Program Committee

Each graduate program has a program committee—that acts on delegated authority from Graduate Council—that is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of that program.

NOTE: For the complete regulations regarding graduate program committees, refer to the School of Graduate Studies Governing Principles.

Membership of the Master of Science Program Committee

  • Program Committee Chair
  • Three (3) faculty members who are jointly members of the School of Graduate Studies and the faculty/faculties where the program is delivered, appointed by Graduate Council.
  • One (1) member of the School of Graduate Studies who is not a member of the faculty/faculties where the program is delivered, appointed by Graduate Council.
  • The Dean of School of Graduate Studies, ex-officio.

It is required that the Chair and the three (3) faculty members each be from a different department.

Duties and Responsibilities of the Master of Science Program Committee

The Master of Science Program Committee, or by delegated authority to the Chair, is responsible for the general supervision of its program, including:

  • Reporting to Graduate Council on all matters related to its operation, at least annually.
  • Recommending to Graduate Council policy and program changes.
  • Recommending to the appropriate bodies on graduate scholarships, assistantships or awards.
  • On delegated authority from Graduate Council, providing for the admission of students to the School of Graduate Studies, subject to the admission standards and policies determined by General Faculties Council.
  • Awarding credit for any previous courses and/or graduate work.
  • Recommending to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies on student admissibility.
  • On delegated authority from Graduate Council, providing for the appointment of examiners for examinations in the School of Graduate Studies, the conduct of examinations and the determination of the results of them. 
  • Reviewing and recommending where necessary to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies on students’ progress and standing.
  • Approving, reviewing and, where necessary, changing individual student programs.
  • Reviewing and approving the composition of and/or changes to the composition of students’ supervisory committees.
  • On delegated authority from Graduate Council, determining the conditions under which a student must withdraw from or may continue his/her program of studies in the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Recommending graduands to the Executive Committee of Graduate Council for Graduate Council approval.
  • Hearing student appeals of an academic nature, with the exception of grade appeals. Appeals heard by the Master of Science Program Committee include appeals related to: the outcome of a Thesis oral defence, the outcome of a comprehensive examination, the outcome of a transfer examination, or student progress and standing.