Honours Thesis Designation


"Completing the thesis really gave me the essential skills I am using now...it was a great way to compile all my hard work over time. I knew that having the thesis as part of my degree could help me with potential scholarships."  Kayla Stone, U of L graduate, Honours Thesis Designation

The Faculty of Management is proud to introduce the Management Honours Thesis Designation for students in 14/15 and later calendar years.  Qualified students in the Bachelor of Management degree, second degree in Management, and Post-Diploma Bachelor of Management degree are eligible to receive the ‘Honours Thesis’ designation on their official transcript and degree parchment. 

Interested students should meet with a Faculty of Management Academic Advisor early in their degree (after completion of 10 U of L courses with a GPA of 3.3 or higher) to plan the incorporation of the Honours Thesis Designation requirements into their program.  The designation is not available for Combined Degrees Programs.  Students in 13/14 and earlier calendar years may be able to switch to 14/15 or a later calendar year.

Why complete the Honours Thesis Designation?

The honours thesis designation may be a good choice for you if you...

  • are considering graduate studies in Management
  • have an interest in research
  • are looking for a scholastic challenge
  • want to explore a specific topic in depth and develop your own ideas
  • want to "stand out from the crowd" academically

If you complete all the requirements and satisfy the academic standards for the undergraduate thesis course for your declared major, you are eligible to receive the "Honours Thesis" designation on your official transcript and degree parchment.

What are the requirements for the Honours Thesis Designation?

The Honours Thesis Designation has the following requirements:

1. Enrichment Experience

One of the following enrichment activities should be completed as early as possible in your studies:

2. Honours Components I and II

Each honours component, Management 4895 - Honours Component I (0.0 credits) and Management 4896 - Honours Component II, (0.0 credits), involves at least 20 hours of extra academic or research work in two Management "honours approved" courses.  The "honours approved" courses are non-core and non-introductory 3000/4000 level courses offered by the Faculty of Management.  One honours-approved course must be in your major. The other can be any honours-approved Management course.   

Tuition:  Regular tuition will be incurred for the honours-approved courses, but there is no extra tuition fee for taking either MGT 4895 or MGT 4896.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites for MGT 4895 and MGT 4896 are third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours) AND Approval of the Faculty of Management. 

Faculty Supervision:  Honours students must complete an honours component under the supervision of a faculty member.  Each prospective candidate for the honours component course is responsible for obtaining support from a faculty supervisor for the honours component. 

Grading/Final Assessment:  Each honours component course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

3. Undergraduate Thesis

Management 4995 - Undergraduate Thesis (6.0 credits) is a course where you will explore an area of interest and do supervised research linked to your declared major.  

Timeline:  Although it is possible to complete the undergraduate thesis in one semester, it is recommended that it be extended over two semesters.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites for this course are fourth-year standing (a minimum of 90.0 credit hours) AND a GPA of 3.30 or higher on the last 10 U of L courses (30.0 credit hours) AND two honours-approved courses AND MGT 4895 AND MGT 4896 AND an enrichment experience as outlined above.

Faculty Supervision:  Honours students must complete an honours thesis under the supervision of a faculty member.  Each prospective candidate for the Undergraduate Thesis course is responsible for obtaining support from a faculty supervisor for the Undergraduate Thesis. 

Initial Approval: 

  1. The prospective student must present a Thesis Proposal to be approved by the supervisor and the Faculty of Management Honours Committee prior to registration in the course.
  2. The supervisor will establish at the outset the weighting of the written and oral components of the thesis, as well as the procedure for determining the final grade.
  3. Subsequent changes to the approved Thesis Proposal must be approved by the supervisor.
  4. Admission to the course is achieved through approval of the supervisor and the Faculty of Management Honours Committee.
  5. The student must register for the Undergraduate Thesis course by the last day for course Add/Drop for the given fall/spring semester or summer session.

Grading/Final Assessment: The final assessment for the undergraduate thesis is based on two criteria:

1. Written Component

a. The Undergraduate Thesis must be a sustained piece of supervised research demonstrating a superior level of academic ability on a matter approved by the supervisor prior to registration in the course.

b. The Thesis should be of high quality and made publicly available by the Faculty of Management.

2. Oral Component

The student will be required to make a formal oral presentation demonstrating the ability to articulate clearly the nature of the thesis undertaken, the research methodology and the results of the thesis. This component is a demonstration of the student’s competence in oral communication and not necessarily an oral defense of the thesis, unless so designated by the Faculty.

Eligibility for Honours Thesis Designation:  Students are eligible to receive the ‘Honours Thesis’ designation on their official transcript and degree parchment only if they achieve a minimum grade of ‘B’ (3.00 or higher) for the Undergraduate Thesis course, and have satisfactorily completed the required oral component. Students who achieve grades between ‘D’ and ‘B-’, inclusive, and/or do not complete the oral component will retain credit for the equivalent of two courses (6.0 credit hours) but will not be eligible for the ‘Honours Thesis’ designation.

Standards for Continuance:   In order to receive the ‘Honours Thesis’ designation on their official transcript and degree parchment, students must maintain a term GPA of at least 3.30 at the University of Lethbridge.  Students will be given one semester “grace” if the term GPA falls below 3.30, to accommodate life circumstances.

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How do I obtain the Honours Thesis Designation (procedures)?

Carefully read through the information above and refer to the forms found in the Management Honours Thesis Designation Forms (PDF) package.  individual Management Honours Thesis Designation forms are referred to in italics on this webpage. 

1. Honours Information Meetings

Meet with an advisor to:

  1. Plan out your Honours requirements on an Honours Intent for Completion  form or Honours sequencing plan. 
  2. Review your eligibility (calendar year and GPA).

Meet with the Area Chair for your major to discuss possible honours-approved courses within your major:

2. Enrichment Activity

  1. Complete the enrichment activity as early as possible in your studies.
  2. Complete part 1 of the Undergrad Thesis Registration form.  Upon completion of the enrichment activity, obtain your supervisor’s signature on part 2 of the Undergraduate Thesis Registration form.

3. Honours Component I (MGT 4895) Registration

  1. Ensure your calendar year is 14/15 or later and you have completed 60 or more credit hours.
  2. Complete part 1 of the Honours Component I Registration form. 
  3. Find a faculty supervisor to oversee your research in an honours-approved course.  The faculty supervisor may request to see a copy of your transcripts before agreeing to supervision.  In conjunction with the faculty supervisor, complete part 2 of the Honours Component I Registration form.  
  4. Bring your completed forms to meet with an advisor well before the add/drop deadline for the semester.
  5. Upon completion of Honours Component II, obtain your supervisor’s signature on the Undergraduate Thesis Registration form.  

4. Honours Component II (MGT 4896) Registration

  1. Ensure your calendar year is 14/15 or later and you have completed 60 or more credit hours.
  2. Complete part 1 of the Honours Component II Registration form.
  3. Find a faculty supervisor to oversee your research in the second honours-approved course.   The faculty supervisor may request to see a copy of your transcripts before agreeing to supervision.  In conjunction with the faculty supervisor, complete part 2 of the Honours Component II Registration form. If Honours Component I was not within your major, Honours Component II must be. 
  4. Bring your completed form to meet with an advisor well before the add/drop deadline for the semester.
  5. Upon completion of Honours Component I, obtain your supervisor’s signature on the Undergraduate Thesis Registration form.

5. Undergraduate Thesis (MGT 4995) Application and Registration

  1. Ensure your calendar year is 14/15 or later, your GPA is 3.30 or higher on the last 10 U of L courses, and you have completed 90 or more credit hours.
  2. Find a faculty supervisor to oversee your research in the Undergraduate Thesis course.  In conjunction with the faculty supervisor, prepare a thesis proposal and complete the Approval and Registration for the Undergraduate Thesis Course form.  The faculty supervisor may request to see a copy of your transcripts before agreeing to supervision.
  3. Bring a) your resume, b) your thesis proposal, c) the completed Honours Information Release form, d) the completed Undergrad Thesis Registration form, and e) the completed Approval and Registration for the Undergraduate Thesis Course form to meet with an advisor by Oct 31 for Spring, Feb 28 for Summer, and Jun 30 for Fall semesters.  Please do not staple these documents as they will be scanned and submitted to the Faculty of Management Honours Committee for approval. Approval will be based on academic transcripts, any record of academic and non-academic misconduct, background experiences (volunteer, extra-curricular, work), approval of Honours requirement supervisors, and the thesis proposal.  You will be notified by email on the results of your submission. The Faculty of Management Honours Committee decision is final and cannot be appealed.

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