The thesis proposal must demonstrate:
- The ability to clearly articulate a research program, including a theoretical orientation, a research questions, and an appropriate methodological plan;
- A knowledge of the relevant scholarly literature;
- An awareness of the scope and limitations of the project, both conceptually and methodologically;
- A plan for moving from the proposal stage to final submission of the thesis.
If relevant, the proposal must also contain a plan and timetable for gaining the approval of the Research Ethics Committee of the University of Ottawa.
The thesis proposal must be approved by the thesis committee. A student whose proposal is not accepted on the first submission may be allowed to submit it a second time. A student whose proposal is rejected a second time must withdraw from the program.