Your supervisor is the key person in your graduate degree program. Supervisors should be available to help their students at every stage, from formulation of their research projects through establishing methodologies and discussing results, to presentation and possible publication of dissertations. Supervisors must also ensure that their students’ work meets the standards of the University and the academic discipline.
All prospective MA (except for Economics major), MSc and PhD students must find an appropriate supervisor for their studies before submitting an application. These graduate programs are research-based so it is important to secure and identify a potential supervisor in your desired field of research.
Many faculty members do not actively advertise student positions, but still accept students. You can learn more about faculty members' research by browsing faculty profiles through the department websites, the Expert's Database, the Campus Directory or by exploring our Research Centres and Institutes. Remember to follow department specific instructions, if any, on how best to approach potential supervisors.
When investigating prospective supervisors, follow these guidelines:
Developing productive relationships with your research supervisor and supervisory committee is one of the most important and rewarding aspects of being a graduate student.
If you have tried all of the above and are still having difficulties, you may wish to contact the appropriate Department Chair with the aforementioned information as she or he may be able to provide you with some guidance regarding which faculty members would be a good match for you and who might be accepting graduate students.
Detailed information about the role of the supervisor and Supervisory Committee is available in program Policies & Procedures documents.
There is a lot you can learn about potential supervisors by looking into their publications
Talk to some current graduate students who are working under this supervisor