Supervision - Thesis & Dissertation

Supervision Roles

Possible supervisory roles:

  • Supervisor (receives contract)
  • Thesis/Dissertation supervisory committee member (receives honorarium)

A thesis committee is typically composed of 2 members (1 supervisor, 1 supervisory committee member).

A dissertation committee is typically composed of 3 members (1 supervisor, 2 supervisory committee members).

Approval Process

Students are responsible for initiating the approval process for their supervisors and supervisory committee through their Thesis Coordinators. All supervisors and committee members are approved by the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate & Interdisciplinary Studies.

Supervisors and supervisory committee members will be asked to submit their CV and a copy of their credentials.

Once approved, a supervisor or supervisory committee member will be contacted by the program with information to help them fulfill their role.

Doctoral Supervision

For the Doctor of Social Sciences and Doctor of Business Administration there is a defined Dissertation Process.

SharePoint: Students, supervisors, supervisory committee members, external examiners, and thesis coordinators are required to use the institution's Dissertation Manager SharePoint Site, which constitutes the university's formal record of dissertation progress.

Dissertation Handbook: Supervisors and supervisory committee members will receive a Dissertation Handbook, which defines: the program structure and courses; competency domains and learning outcomes; candidacy examination; dissertation proposal and dissertation guidelines; ethical review; committee roles and responsibilities; oral defence; and dissertation submission;

First point of contact for Dissertations: Theses and Dissertations Coordinator

Master's Supervision

For Master's programs with a defined thesis option, there is a defined Master’s Thesis Process

SharePoint: Students, supervisors, supervisory committee members, external examiners, and thesis coordinators are required to use the institution’s Thesis Manager SharePoint site, which constitutes the university's formal record of thesis progress.

Thesis Handbook: Supervisors and supervisory committee members will find a program-specific Thesis Handbook on the SharePoint Thesis site. The Handbook defines: thesis standards and guidelines;  ethical review; roles and responsibilities of thesis coordinator, supervisor, supervisory committee member(s), the student, and thesis sponsor if applicable; thesis defence and submission.

First point of contact for Theses: Theses and Dissertations Coordinator




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