Step 2 - Thesis committee

Appointing an Examination Committee

In consultation with your supervisor, your program’s Graduate Studies Committee appoints an Examining Committee.

The Examining Committee consists of:

  • A minimum of two members, including the supervisor(s).
  • Your supervisor(s) must be a member of the Examining Committee.
  • The Examining Committee must also include a member who is not in a supervisory relationship with you.
  • Co-author(s) of work included in the thesis cannot serve as an examiner for that thesis except for the supervisor(s).

Oral defence

An oral defence of a Master’s thesis is not required by the School of Graduate Studies. Programs may elect to have an oral defence as a degree requirement (please see individual program entries in the Graduate Calendar).

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