Scheduling an Examination
A thesis examination can be scheduled when:
- All members of the supervisory committee have reviewed the student’s research and a relevant written sample of the materials related to the thesis or the entire draft thesis document (as determined by the program) and;
- The supervisor has determined that the thesis meets the minimum standard
Composition of the Examination Committee
- For master’s student without a supervisory committee: The examination committee consists of the student’s supervisor, an additional member of the academic staff and an internal or external examiner.
- For master’s student with a supervisory committee: The examination committee consists of the student’s supervisor, supervisory committee and an internal or external examiner.
- For PhD students: The examination committee consists of the student’s supervisor, supervisory committee, internal examiner and external examiner.
Internal Examiner: The program determines if the internal examiner needs to be external to the program. The internal examiner must meet the following criteria:
- Has a well-established research reputation
- Has expertise in the area of the student’s research
- Has experience in evaluating theses at the graduate level
- Has experience in supervising to completion at the graduate level
- Has not collaborated with the student’s supervisor in past five years
- Has not worked with the candidate
- Is not a close personal friend of the supervisor
External Examiner: Normally, the external examiner can only serve in the same program once every two years.
Outcome of the Examination
The Examination Committee can recommend the following outcomes for the thesis:
- Pass with no revisions [5 days to submit thesis]
- Pass with minor revisions [30 days/1 month to submit thesis]
- Pass with major revisions [180 days/6 months to submit thesis]