Supervisors and Committees
You have one or more thesis supervisors who must meet the University’s supervisory requirements. If you were not assigned one at the time of admission, please consult with your department.
Thesis-based master's students do not require a supervisory committee, although many programs form such committees. This committee would include all of your supervisors, ensures that your thesis research progresses satisfactorily, arranges for necessary examinations, and that your thesis is ready to be defended. You are also required to provide the committee with an annual report.
Please consult this valuable tip sheet: How to Ensure a Rewarding Thesis-based Student-Supervisor Experience at the University of Alberta.
Special Note (Effective March 2020): In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important for supervisors and graduate students to establish clear plans setting out how they will work together remotely for the duration of this situation. These plans should consider everyone’s preferences for working at a distance from campus and one another. Please see the Guidelines for Effective Remote Supervision.
At the heart of every thesis-based program is the thesis. A thesis is a piece of work which must embody the results of original investigations and analyses and be of such quality as to merit publication, meet the standards of reputable scholarly publications, and constitute a substantial contribution to the knowledge in your field.
Many students receive financial support in a number of ways. Information regarding teaching and research assistantships, graduate scholarships and other forms of funding, should refer to the Awards and Funding section.
If you are initially registered as a full-time student, you must remain full-time for the remainder of your program. You may request part-time status at the time of application, but the decision belongs to your department.
Once eligible, full-time thesis-based students who were admitted before Fall 2011, can register in THES 919 and pay reduced tuition. There is no part-time version of THES 919.
In many disciplines, part of your research work may be done off-campus. For further details, check with your department.