Please refer to the Master's Student Thesis Completion Instructions for step-by-step guidelines and timelines to prepare for your thesis defense. This information is AVAILABLE HERE
The thesis defense occurs as follows:
- After the Candidate, the Examiners and the Chair have all been
introduced to each other, the Candidate is asked to leave the room.
- The Chair reads the reports on the thesis written by each Examiner,
asks for any clarification, and discusses the procedures that will be
followed during the exam.
- The Candidate is asked to return to
the room. MSc students are then asked to give a brief
(10-20 minutes) presentation about their thesis. This is not a part of
the MA defense for students in Socio-Cultural Studies.
- Questioning then begins. Each Examiner takes 15-20 minutes to ask their
questions. The order of questioning is: external examiner, internal
examiner, head or delegate, supervisor.
- There may be two rounds of questioning.
- When all questions are completed the Candidate will be asked to leave the room.
- The Chair will ask the examiners to discuss the candidate’s thesis and
performance during the defense. Examiners will be asked to choose one of
the three categories of results: passed, referred, failed.
- The Candidate will be asked to return to the room and will be told the result.
- The Candidate and the Chair will sign the necessary forms as provided
by the SKHS Graduate Assistant and required by the Grad School.
- The Chair will provide all completed documentation to the SKHS Graduate Assistant for final processing to SGS.