Major Research Paper (MRP) vs.Thesis

MRP option (DVM 6998) :

The final program component for this option requires students to write a major research paper on a subject of their choice. This will be done under the supervision of a committee composed of a minimum of two professors (a supervisor and an evaluator). At least one member of your committee must be primarily affiliated with SIDGS, the other member can be from a different department. The selection of your evaluation committee must be approved by the MA program director before the submission of your proposal. The final version of your MRP will be approximately 50 pages, not including the bibliography.

It is the student’s responsibility to find an MRP supervisor in the first 8 to 12 months of the program. This process will be facilitated through several information sessions. Students can register to the MRP as early as their third session (spring/summer of their first year). However, once you register to the MPR course (DVM6998) you must register to it continuously until its completion. Please note that you have a maximum of 12 sessions (4 years) to complete all MA program requirements but the program is structured in such a way that students can complete the program in 2 years.

Thesis option (THM 7999) :

The final program component for this option requires students to write a thesis on a subject of their choice. This will be done under the supervision of your evaluation committee composed of a minimum of three professors (a supervisor and two evaluators). At least one member of the committee must be affiliated with SIDGS. Your two other members can be from different departments. However, all members of the committee must be a professor with supervisory rights. The selection of your evaluation committee must be approved by the MA program director before the submission of your proposal. The final version of your thesis will be approximately 70-120 pages, not including the bibliography.

It is the student`s responsibility to find a thesis supervisor, who will help them select their evaluators in the first 8 to 12 months of the program. This process will be facilitated through several information sessions. Students can register to the thesis course (THM7999) as early as their third session (spring/summer of their first year). However, once you register to the thesis course (THM7999) you must register to it continuously until its completion. Please note that you have a maximum of 12 sessions (4 years) to complete all MA program requirements but the program is structured in such a way that students can complete the program in 2 years.

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