When all course requirements have been met and the Supervisory Committee has read and approved the thesis, students may schedule an M.Sc. oral exam. M.Sc. oral exams should take place 2 to 2.5 years after first registration. This examination is a formal defence of a thesis based on original scientific research conducted in the Department as well as a test of the student's general scientific knowledge and abilities
Requesting Permission to Write the M.Sc. Thesis
Permission to write an M.Sc. thesis is given at a terminal supervisory committee meeting upon completion of the M.Sc. Terminal Committee Meeting Report (available on the Departmental website). A detailed outline of the proposed thesis (generally in point form and no longer than a page) is presented at this meeting. The detailed outline should also be included in the student’s committee meeting progress report that is distributed to supervisory committee members at least three business days prior to the terminal committee meeting. After the "M.Sc. Terminal Committee Meeting Report" has been signed by all relevant parties, the student should be writing his/her thesis full-time and should not conduct additional experiments until the "Request to set up an M. Sc. Oral Examination" form has been completed by all relevant parties. The Graduate Program Administrator will record the date that the supervisory committee gave the student permission to write their thesis.
Time Limit for Writing the M.Sc. Thesis
Students are allowed three months to write and obtain approval of the thesis draft from the supervisor and supervisory committee. Students, therefore, have three months from the time the "M.Sc. Terminal Committee Meeting Report" form is signed until the "Request to set up an M. Sc. Oral Examination" form has been signed. Students must allow enough time within these three months for the Supervisor and Supervisory Committee Members to critique the thesis, which should take no more than 4 weeks (see below). Students must also allow enough time to make the required changes after the supervisor has critiqued the thesis and then again after the supervisory committee members have critiqued the thesis.