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Advising and supervision

The Graduate Program Director can assist you in understanding what is crucial for successful studies in your program. Make an appointment with your Graduate Program Director/Graduate Program Assistant in order to make sure you are on track to completing the required courses, prerequisites and/or deficiency courses you require in order to complete your program.

Thesis supervision

As a doctoral or Master’s student in a research program, you will work closely with a faculty member who serves as your thesis supervisor. If your program is one of the many who assign a supervisor on admission, it is very important to meet and communicate with your supervisor during your first year of study in the program, in order to avoid any potential problems.

Topics you may want to discuss with your supervisor:

  • Expected flow of progress through the program and a written plan/timetable of target dates to help you to meet the degree requirements on schedule
  • Funding sources and duration; applications for grants and scholarships
  • Research ethics and citation practices; standards of academic integrityAcademic Code of Conduct
  • Expectations regarding conference presentations and publications
  • Intellectual property, authorship and acknowledgement of your work
  • Any technical, language and/or writing skills training you may need
  • Preferred frequency and means of keeping in contact with one another

Progress reports

The School of Graduate Studies monitors the progress of students in PhD and research–based master’s programs. Annual Progress Reports are sent out to Supervisors and students in March of every year and are due by May 1.

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