Part 2: Registration and Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

To graduate from the Master of Science program, students must have satisfied the following requirements:

Table 2: Degree Requirements for the Master of Science Program

Coursework

Depending on the student’s background a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of six (6) courses (6.0 to 18.0 credit hours) are required. Courses are recommended by the Supervisory Committee, and approved by the Master of Science Program Committee. At least two (2) courses must be at the graduate level. Senior undergraduate level courses may be taken as part of an approved program of studies. All courses taken during an approved degree program count towards the student’s grade point average (GPA) calculation.

Students must receive a minimum grade of ‘B-’ (2.70 on a 4.00 scale) in all courses which are graded and which count toward the degree. A minimum cumulative program GPA of 3.00 is required to graduate.    

Thesis Proposal

Students must complete a Thesis Proposal and submit it to the School of Graduate Studies.

Full-time students must submit the Thesis Proposal by the end of the second term of registration in the program.

Part-time students must submit the Thesis Proposal by the end of the fourth term of registration in the program.

Thesis

The student must defend the Thesis in an oral examination. The student must pass the Thesis oral defence, make required revisions to the Thesis, and submit the PDF copy of the final Thesis via the e-thesis system when notified by the School of Graduate Studies.

Residency Requirement

The residency requirement for full-time students is a minimum of 12 months continuous registration. Residency requirements for part-time study may be adjusted. Refer to General Regulations in the Master of Science (M.Sc.) Program section of the Graduate Studies Calendar (www.ulethbridge.ca/ross/academic-calendar) for details.

Time Limit

For full-time study, a maximum of 24 months continuous registration and for part-time study a maximum of 48 months continuous registration.

Coursework

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required for graduation. See Degree Requirements (above) for details. The supervisor, in consultation with the student, develops the proposed program of studies within the first term of study with the exception of departmentally mandated courses.

Failure of a Course

A student who obtains a failing grade in a course (less than a ‘B-‘) may repeat the course one (1) time to receive a passing grade of at least ‘B-'. The student must apply to repeat a course to the Master of Science Program Committee. In cases where the failed course will not be re-offered during a student’s program, a substitute course will be selected by the Supervisory Committee and approved by the relevant Departmental Graduate Education Committee and the Master of Science Program Committee. No substitutions are permitted for department or program mandated courses. Independent Study courses (5990) will not normally be approved as replacements for regular graduate course offerings. In cases where a failed course is repeated, the original failed course will remain on the transcript; however, the substitute course will replace the failed course in the grade point average calculation.

Repeating Courses         

A student may repeat a course once, if it is offered, in order to improve the grade. A student may repeat a course only one (1) time and the grade from the second offering will appear on the student’s transcripts. Refer to Policies and Program Requirements in the Academic Regulations section of the Graduate Studies Calendar (www.ulethbridge.ca/ross/academic-calendar).

Academic Probation

Supervisory Committees recommending a student for probation will provide the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies with a detailed evaluation of the student’s performance and an outline of the conditions of probation. The Supervisory Committee will also include a detailed plan to transition the student out of probation including outlining specific tasks, duties and responsibilities for the student. Once the student has met the conditions of the probation, the Supervisory Committee will provide a written assessment of the student’s progress to the Master of Science Program Committee. Once approved, the student will regain good standing in their program. If the student has not met the conditions of probation, the Supervisory Committee normally recommends that the student be required to withdraw from the program. The recommendation to withdraw is reviewed by the Master of Science Program Committee which makes a recommendation for consideration by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.