Masters students are required to submit a written thesis proposal to their Advisory Committee no later than sixteen months following initial registration.
The thesis proposal should:
- State the hypothesis being tested.
- Review the relevant background literature.
- Summarize the preliminary results you've attained.
- Summarize the methods that will be used to address the research question.
- Be approximately 20 pages in length (references included), double-spaced.
The thesis proposal will be evaluated by the student's Advisory Committee to ensure that the proposed research project meets the academic requirements of the degree sought and that the written proposal is satisfactory in both content and style.
A copy of the approved thesis proposal will be handed to the IPN Graduate Office, together with a letter signed by the Advisory Committee, indicating the thesis proposal has been approved.
MSc proposal approval form [.pdf]
If a proposal proves to be unsatisfactory, it will then be necessary for the supervisor to discuss with the student the weaknesses of the proposal, and to supervise the incorporation of changes that will ameliorate the proposal. The student will then submit the final revised proposal to the IPN Graduate Office.
M.Sc.students are required to register for NEUR 697 "Thesis Proposal" during their first term in the program.