The Master's Essay must demonstrate appropriate competence in the application of theoretical and methodological approaches to religion with respect either to the response of a tradition to modernity or to the contemporary place of religion in relation to other cultural expressions. The Master's Essay will not be subject to an oral defence but will be read by one member of the department in addition to the essay supervisor.
The Master's Essay (RELS-898) is to be 50 pages in length (give or take 5-10 pages). This essay will not be subject to an oral defence or an examination board, but will be read by one member of the Department in addition to the essay supervisor. Its format must comply with the guidelines provided by the School of Graduate Studies.
At the end of the Winter Term - but no later than 1 May - the student must submit a proposal for the Master's Essay. The proposal is to be no more than 2 pages in length, indicating the topic or problem to be dealt with and the approach to be taken. A sample bibliography is to be provided. The proposal must have the approval of the essay supervisor before being submitted to the graduate coordinator. The additional reader will be decided upon jointly by the supervisor and graduate coordinator. In order to devote the necessary time to the Master's Essay students are strongly urged not to carry forward beyond 1 May incomplete coursework from the Fall or Winter Terms.
The Master's Essay must be a research essay demonstrating appropriate competence in the application of theoretical and methodological approaches to religion with respect either to the response of a tradition to modernity or to the contemporary place of religion in relation to other cultural expressions. The Master's Essay may be developed from a term paper from one of the student's courses. It may be based on primary research, or it may be an interpretive essay based on secondary sources. In either case, good quality research and writing are expected.
The student, supervisor, graduate coordinator, and additional reader will develop a schedule for the completion of the Essay, selecting a date for its final submission. In order to complete the work for the M.A. within twelve months, August 8th is the last possible date to have the essay, once read and approved by the supervisor, in the hands of the additional reader. The additional reader will report on the essay within 14 days of receiving it. This report will pass, fail, or recommend minor revisions to the essay.
Approved 9 November 2010
If you are interested in learning more about this exciting program, please contact Dr Ellen Goldberg, Co-ordinator of Graduate Studies.