The thesis stream of the MA in Political Studies consists of coursework, a thesis and an oral examination.
Students in the thesis stream of the MA program must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours at the 7000 level in Political Studies. In some cases and with written permission of the Department's Graduate Committee, students may substitute 3 credit hours of course work at the 7000 level in a related discipline. Six of these credit hours should be in field in which the candidate is planning to write the thesis. Students may be required to take more than the minimum 12 credit hours in Political Studies courses.
Thesis Advisor, Advisory and Examining Committee
During the second term of course work, the student should submit in writing to the Department's MA Chair, the name of a Departmental faculty member who has agreed to serve as his/her thesis advisor. In consultation with the thesis advisor, and normally following the approval of the thesis proposal, the student's faculty advisor will submit in writing the names of the individuals who will for the Thesis Advisory Committee. The Thesis Advisory Committee must consist of:
1. Your advisor
2. Internal Examiner - a faculty member from Political Studies
3. Your External Examiner - an academic from a different University of Manitoba department.
** Note: one member of the committee must have a 'primary' appointment within the Department of Political Studies and must be members of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
All thesis proposals must be approved by the Thesis Advisory Committee well in advance of the submission of the completed thesis. In most cases, the proposal should be approved in the months immediately following the completion of course work. Later submissions may be accepted by the Thesis Advisory Committee upon application from the student, including a written explanation from the advisor.
The student is expected to have a sound grasp of the subject matter of the thesis and a genuine familiarity with the major literature relevant to the project. The thesis must similarly demonstrate a mastery of that material from a unique perspective. The student must also be able to analyse the conceptual aspects of the research, to synthesize the contributing evidence and to make intelligent, critical inferences from the results.