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Progression

Our graduate programs are continuous enrollment programs and students are expected to be actively working towards their degrees in all three terms each year. The Master’s and Doctoral programs differ in terms of progression expectations. While special circumstances may arise, as a rule students are expected to adhere to the following timelines.

Progression in Master's Program for Full-time Students

Progression through the Master’s program for full-time students (2 years = 6 terms of study)

Term 1

  • Coursework (Theory and two electives)
  • Enroll in Graduate Research Seminar

Term 2

  • Coursework (Research Methods and two electives)
  • Enroll in Graduate Research Seminar
  • Research ethics approval, if necessary (can take up to two months)
  • Defend Master's Thesis Proposal (April/May)
  • Choose supervisory committee (supervisor and one advisor)

Term 3

  • Carry out thesis research

Terms 4-6

  • Enroll in Graduate Research Seminar in two terms
  • Analyse data
  • Present in Graduate Research Seminar
  • Write Thesis
  • Submit and defend Thesis

Progression in Doctoral Program for Full-time Students

Progression through the Doctoral program for full-time students (4 years = 12 terms of study)

Term 1

  • Coursework (Theory and one or two electives)
  • Enroll in Graduate Research Seminar

Term 2

  • Coursework (Research Methods and one or two electives)
  • Enroll in Graduate Research Seminar
  • Choose supervisory committee (supervisor and two advisors)

Term 3

  • Start Comprehensive Examination process
  • Circulate Statement of Interest to supervisory committee
  • Craft Comprehensive Examination questions
  • Begin reading for Comprehensive Examination

Term 4

  • Enroll in Graduate Research Seminar
  • Submit Comprehensive Examination Responses for evaluation by committee
  • Oral Comprehensive Examination

Term 5

  • Enroll in Graduate Research Seminar
  • Write and defend Doctoral Dissertation Proposal
  • Research ethics approval, if necessary (can take up to two months)
  • Have completed language requirement, if necessary

Terms 6-12

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