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Thesis & research

The MSc thesis typically entails a major empirical research project (21 credits), conducted under the direction of a thesis supervisor. In completing the thesis component of the program, students apply the concepts studied in their courses and learn how to carry out valid research. In addition, the thesis phase offers students the opportunity to focus on a specific topic of particular interest, as well as to publish their results. 

Second year MSc students are required to select a thesis topic, prepare a proposal, and have it accepted by their supervisor. Students normally select a topic addressing a contemporary business issue within their chosen area of specialization.

Students conduct original theory-based research, working in close collaboration with some of the faculty’s senior researchers. They apply the technical and analytical skills learned in their course work to develop strategies and solutions to the problem they are studying. 

The final step is the thesis dissertation. Once students have completed their research and writing, they must present and defend their thesis.

What is an MSc Thesis?

Learn about the MSc Thesis


The Link-Up form officially links the student with a thesis supervisor and committee members; it provides for signatures, proposal status, and a brief description of the thesis topic. Learn more about linking up.

Thesis Proposal and approval

The proposal is an essential part of the evaluation process which spells out the student’s work activities and study goals for a six month to one year period. Learn more.

MSc student research funding

Learn about research funding

Research Ethics & Compliance

Before any research can begin students and supervisors must apply for Research Ethics Approval. 
Learn more about Concordia's research Ethics & Compliance.


  • Once your Thesis Proposal has been approved by your supervisor and you have received your ethics approval you can begin your research.
  • JMSB has a Research Databases Search Tool which may be beneficial to your research.

Thesis preparation

The School of Graduate Studies has prepared Thesis Preparation Guide for Graduate Students to help students in the process of writing their thesis. 

Preparing to defend your MSc Thesis

Visit our page on preparing to defend your MSc thesis. This page provides all the details about submitting, obtaining feedback on, and defending your MSc thesis, including important dates and procedural rules.

Concordia University Thesis Database

The School of Graduate Studies Thesis database shows all theses written at Concordia University dating back to 1978.

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