Part 7: Examination & Assessment

Assessing the Thesis

The Thesis Examination Committee must assess if the student’s Thesis meets the academic standards for a Master of Science thesis. This includes ensuring that the Thesis:

  • Addresses related public literature
  • Acknowledges contributing scholars
  • Uses methodology that ensures the conclusions are valid and supported
  • Has originality and substance
  • Is written in a clear and intelligible manner
  • Conforms to the thesis style and format regulations
  • Shows significant knowledge and grasp of the field
  • Is free from major errors

In assessing the Thesis, the Thesis Examination Committee must recognize that even an excellent thesis is not necessarily perfect in all respects. Taken as a whole, the Thesis has to be a sound piece of scholarship.

Assessment of readiness to defend

When the assessment of the Thesis is complete, each member of the Thesis Examination Committee, except the Chair, completes an Assessment of Readiness to Defend form. This form is a recommendation on the student’s readiness to defend the Thesis.

The examiners submit their completed forms to the Chair. This must be done at least one (1) week before the Thesis oral defence.

The examiners recommend one (1) of the two (2) assessments on the form:

Table 6: Assessment of readiness to defend options


Next Steps

Advance to the Thesis oral defence as scheduled

Student advances to the scheduled Thesis oral defence.

Not ready to proceed to the scheduled Thesis oral defence

The Thesis Examination Committee Chair contacts the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies immediately. The Dean of the School of Graduate Studies discusses how to proceed with the supervisor and the student.

NOTE: Students have a right to defend the Thesis regardless of the assessment.