Important on-line documents:
Geological Sciences Graduate Program Supplemental Regulations
Graduate Calendar and other publications relevant to graduate students: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/publications/index.html
Graduate Studies Dates and Deadlines
Graduate Studies Forms (various forms related to the program, including thesis committee forms, thesis approval form, progress report forms):
A minimum of 12 credit hours is required, of which at least 6 credit hours must be at the 7000- (graduate) level. The remaining courses may be at the 3000-level or above.
Guidelines: The Faculty of Graduate Studies is the source for information on thesis requirements, deadlines for submission of the thesis, and final production requirements. Thesis guidelines are available from the Graduate Studies web-site at: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/thesis/guidelines.html
Information on copyright is also available from the U of Manitoba Copyright Office: http://umanitoba.ca/admin/vp_admin/ofp/copyright/
Purpose: The purpose of the Thesis Proposal is to demonstrate the student’s understanding of the research area and to define the research objective including demonstrating that it is a distinct contribution to the field of study.
Timing: The thesis proposal must normally be completed within 12 months of the student’s commencement date.
Examining Committee: The evaluation of the thesis proposal will be conducted by the Advisory Committee chaired by the Graduate Chair. All decisions of the committee must be unanimous.
Format of the Proposal and its examination: The proposal must include an introduction with citation of relevant literature, the thesis research objectives, the proposed methodology including a timetable, the anticipated significance of the research, and references. The length of the proposal must be between 10 and 20 pages including figures and references (12 point, single spaced, 2 cm margins). Within two weeks of submission of the proposal, the committee will meet with the student present. The student will give a 20 minute oral presentation of the proposal to the committee and then answer questions from the committee required to clarify points related to the proposal. Following these questions and withdrawal of the student from the meeting, the committee will evaluate the proposal.
Purpose: The purpose of the Candidacy Examination is as specified in the Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations and is to ensure the student has both the depth and breadth of knowledge required for the completion of the Ph.D. program.
Timing: The candidacy examination will normally be completed within 24 months of the student’s commencement. The student will be advised on the topics to be included in the examination immediately following the completion of the thesis proposal.
Candidacy Examining Committee: The examination will be evaluated by a Committee chaired by the Graduate Chair (or designate), and consisting of the Ph.D. Advisory Committee and the Graduate Chair (or designate). The Graduate Chair (or designate) must not be a member of the Advisory Committee.
Format of the Examination: The examination will be a written examination conducted over the course of one day. It will consist of an examination of three hours duration in the morning on topics in the area of the research program, a break of two hours, and an examination of three hours duration in the afternoon on topics defining the breadth of the student’s knowledge in the geological sciences.
i. The examination on the area of the research program will consist of questions in two discipline areas of the student’s research and be at the level of Ph.D. research.
ii. The examination of the student’s breadth of knowledge will consist of questions in three subject areas peripheral to, but relevant to, the research area and be at the senior undergraduate level.
iii. The questions for both examinations are set by the Advisory Committee and reviewed by the Graduate Chair. The subject areas for the examinations will be defined by the Advisory Committee immediately following the thesis proposal and reviewed by the Graduate Chair.
Guidelines: The Faculty of Graduate Studies is the source for information on thesis requirements, deadlines for submission of the thesis, and final production requirements. Thesis guidelines are available from: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/thesis/guidelines.html Information on copyright is also available from the U of Manitoba Copyright Office: http://umanitoba.ca/admin/vp_admin/ofp/copyright/
Ph.D. Oral Examination: Doctoral students must pass an Oral Examination of the subject of their thesis and matters relating thereto before they may obtain the Ph.D. degree. The examination will be conducted by the Dean of Graduate Studies or the Dean's designate chosen from among senior scholars of the University. The examining committee will include at least three members of the University of Manitoba academic staff, normally the same members as that of the candidate's advisory committee, and an examiner external to the University of Manitoba. All internal members of the examining committee must be present. The presence of the external examiner is not mandatory but is strongly encouraged. Further information on the Oral Examination is available from the following web-site:
Submission of Final Corrected Copies: Refer to the Faculty of Graduate Studies for information on submitting your thesis (number of copies, etc.). In addition, please note that the Department of Geological Sciences requires one bound copy of your final thesis for our files. In many cases, the advisor, committee members, and research sponsors will also request bound copies.