Joint M.A. Program—Thesis Option


Thesis Proposal   Under the supervision of the Thesis Advisor, the student must prepare a written thesis proposal to be submitted to the Thesis Advisory Committee. The student is required to defend the thesis proposal orally. The proposal will outline in some detail the problem the student intends to investigate as well as the theory and methodology to be employed in the endeavor.
The Advisor must provide written notices to each member of the Thesis Advisory Committee advising them of the oral defense date. The student will formally present the proposal in a forum open to all faculty members and graduate students of the Program. Students should normally defend their thesis proposals within six months of completing their coursework to maintain momentum, structure, continuity and connection with the program and faculty. Unsuccessful candidates will be allowed a second attempt.

The purposes of the proposal examination meeting is to
1)    enable the Thesis Advisory Committee to assess the student’s preparation
       for undertaking independent graduate research;
2)    consider the feasibility of the proposed research; and
3)    provide necessary feedback for further advancement of the research.

The proposal meeting will be chaired by the Advisor, and will have the following steps:
1)    introduction by the Advisor;
2)    presentation of highlights of the research proposal by the student;
3)    review of the proposal by the Thesis Advisory Committee, and
       determination of approval of the proposal by the Thesis Advisory

Once the proposal has been successfully defended, the student is ready to proceed to the stage of research and thesis writing. The Faculty of Graduate Studies booklet Thesis Guidelines is available from the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Students are encouraged to obtain a copy of this document to assist them in the proper presentation of their basis. 

Thesis Advisor   The Thesis Advisor is the person primarily responsible for guiding and supervising the thesis-route student through the Program.

Thesis Advisory Committee   The Thesis Advisory Committee must consist of a minimum of three members of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. One of these members is the Thesis Advisor, who acts as the Chair of the Thesis Advisory Committee. Of the three members, at least one must hold a primary appointment within Peace and Conflict Studies, and at least one must not hold a primarily appointment within Peace and Conflict Studies.

The Chair of the JDC or his/her designate shall chair the thesis proposal defense. All members of the Thesis Advisory Committee shall be present at the proposal defense unless specifically exempted by the Chair of the JDC. The Thesis Advisor will call a Thesis Advisory Committee meeting to consider the adequacy of the proposal. Students must submit the written proposal to each member of the Thesis Advisory Committee at least two weeks prior to the meeting.

Members of the Thesis Advisory Committee grade the oral defense on a pass/fail basis. The decision of the Thesis Advisory Committee normally will be unanimous. At the oral defense a majority vote by the Thesis Advisory Committee will determine if the thesis proposal passes with or without revisions or fails. Students whose proposals pass with revisions must complete the revisions under the supervision of the Thesis Advisor so that the proposal can be re-defended. Where the research involves human subjects, data collection shall not proceed until the thesis proposal has been approved and until approval has been secured from the University of Manitoba’s Research Ethics Board. Following the successful defense of the thesis proposal, the Thesis Advisor to address any concerns raised in the proposal meeting. The feedback received must be incorporated into the document.

The Thesis   The M.A. thesis in Peace and Conflict Studies is an independently written research document of no more than 50,000 words in length in the area of Peace and Conflict Studies. The thesis should demonstrate that the student has mastery of the specific field of Peace and Conflict Studies under investigation, and is fully conversant with the relevant literature. The thesis should also demonstrate that the candidate has made a contribution to knowledge in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies. The thesis may entail cooperation with other faculties at the University of Winnipeg, the University of Manitoba, and agencies in the global community. In general, the overall goal of the thesis is to build or apply theory through disciplined and focused independent study. Consequently, the thesis should be based on scholarly study and research that encompasses both theoretical and empirical aspects of the Peace and Conflict Studies field.

The examination of the thesis and its subsequent oral defense is carried out as expected by the regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. When the thesis has been developed to the point where the student and the Advisor are satisfied that it is ready to be examined, the Thesis Advisor will submit a written statement to this effect to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

The oral defense of the MA   Thesis will follow the procedures as outlined by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The oral defense of the thesis is open to all members of the University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg communities.

The final examination for the M.A. degree proceeds in two stages: a) the examination of the candidate’s thesis; and b) the final oral examination of the candidate on the subject of the thesis and matters relating thereto. According to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, a student has the right to an examination of the thesis if she/he believes it is ready for examination. Before the examination of the thesis occurs, the Advisor  shall furnish a written statement of opinion to the Faculty of Graduate Studies indicating that the thesis is ready to be examined. A thesis may not be formally submitted for examination more than twice.

Copies of the thesis, together with the completed form “M.A. Thesis Title & Appointment of Examiners” must be delivered to the Faculty of Graduate Studies for distribution to the Thesis Examining Committee and external examiner. It is the responsibility of the Faculty of Graduate Studies to distribute the thesis to all examiners.

The approved thesis, and where applicable, the practicum, must be submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies as follows:
1)    one digital version submitted as an e-thesis at the MSpace website:
2)    one single-sided (black and white) paper copy in unbound form, enclosed in an envelope or folder; and

The e-thesis is the official copy. Students are encouraged to review the e-thesis submission requirements prior to creating a digital version. Electronic multimedia files or accompanying files that are part of an e-thesis should be posted to MSpace as separate files.

The paper copy will become a circulating copy. Multi-media material on a CD-ROM may accompany the paper copy. Where possible, the contents of the official electronic version should be replicated in the paper copy.

Both digital and paper copies of the thesis/practicum are required for the University Library and remain the property of the University of Manitoba.

Students are required to contact Ms. Juliette Nadeau (474-7895 or to obtain an access password for MSpace and are encouraged to obtain a password well before their final submission deadline.