The Master's Thesis Proposal is a written document explaining, in-depth, the Master's thesis envisaged by the student and their supervisor(s). The proposal must state the research question, present the hypothesis being tested, review the relevant background literature, summarize the methodology that is used, and present the research data to date. The Advisory Committee will review and evaluate the written proposal to ensure that the proposed research project meets the academic requirements of the degree sought and that it is satisfactory in both content and style. The committee will communicate its recommendations to the student and the Graduate Committee.
The proposal should be 20-25 pages in length, double-spaced. This page length does not include the bibliography and figures. The proposal must include the following sections:
- Introduction and Statement of Problem
- Background Information (relevant literature leading up to your studies)
- Rationale for the study, hypothesis, and specific aims
- Methods for each specific aim, including the rationale for the choice of methods when alternatives exist, possible problems that may be encountered and their solutions, analysis and interpretation of data, etc.
- Summary of results to date (specific items may be included in methods, if preferable)
- Short conclusion and statement of expected contributions to original knowledge
- Preliminary bibliography
If the proposal is deemed unsatisfactory, the supervisor must discuss its weaknesses with the student and must incorporate changes that will ameliorate the proposal. The student is then responsible for submitting the final proposal to the IPN office.
Students are required to submit their written thesis proposal to their Advisory Committee within eighteen (18) months of starting the program. It is highly recommended that students hold an Advisory Committee meeting once their proposal is drafted, so that they may receive feedback from the members.
The student is responsible for submitting their thesis proposal to their committee members for approval. Once it's approved, then the student must submit their final thesis proposal, M.Sc. Thesis Proposal Approval Form, and their student poster to the IPN office. These documents must be e-mailed to the IPN office at least 3 weeks before their M.Sc. thesis seminar. More info is on our M.Sc. Thesis Seminar web page.
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