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M.A. Program Timeline

Full-time M.A. students in the program are guaranteed funding for two years. This consists in both a Teaching Assistantship and University Graduate Scholarship funding, although in the second year the Scholarship is contingent on making satisfactory progress as explained below. The expectation is that students will normally complete the M.A. within these two years, and the Department cannot normally provide funding for M.A. students in their third year. The permissible time for completion of the degree is three years (9 terms) from your initial registration in the program.

The following timeline summarizes the Department’s expectations for student progress:

Year One

First Term

  • Before the term starts begin to draft your applications for external funding (SSHRC, CGS, OGS) and have them reviewed by someone competent.
  • You should enroll in two or three courses; three is advisable if you wish to make timely progress.
  • Draft a one-page thesis proposal and submit copies to the Department Chair and the M.A. Advisor by November 1st. We need enough detail to be able to appoint a supervisor and a second reader.
  • Complete applications for eligible external graduate scholarships (SSHRC, CGS, OGS).
  • Discuss possible supervisors for your thesis with the faculty concerned and with the M.A. Advisor.

Second Term

  • Take two or three more courses; again, do three if you can.
  • You should by now have been assigned a supervisor and a second reader for your thesis. (If not, contact the Department Chair.)
  • Arrange to meet with your supervisor and begin to discuss your research with him or her.

Summer Term

  • You must have a meeting with your committee before the end of May of the first year. It is your responsibility to arrange the meeting. The committee will consist of your supervisor, your second reader, and either the M.A. Advisor or the Department Chair. (The latter will chair the meeting, but may also take part in the discussion of your progress.) Here you will have a chance to discuss in a back-and-forth way what you propose to do in your thesis.
  • Start work on the thesis.

Year Two

First Term

  • Apply for any external scholarships for which you are eligible (e.g. OGS, SSHRC) if you intend to go on to do doctoral work.
  • Take any remaining courses. You need six in all.
  • Aim to have a partial draft of your thesis (one or two chapters, for instance) in your supervisor’s hands by the end of October.

Second Term

You may aim to complete your thesis for Spring Convocation, or for Fall Convocation.

If you want to graduate with the Spring Convocation:

  • You should submit the first complete draft of your thesis to your supervisor by the last Friday in February, and the completed final copy to Graduate Studies in late March. Please consult the Graduate Studies Calendar for the exact date for the current academic year.Please make yourself familiar with the procedure for submitting M.A. theses.
  • If you meet these deadlines, we guarantee to read and examine your work in time for you to graduate in the Spring.
  • At this time, you should complete a form declaring your intent to submit your thesis for examination and defense, and submit it to the Department of Philosophy. You should also review the student procedures for your M.A. defense.
  • Spring Convocation takes place in early June. Be advised that once you have completed all the requirements for the program you will receive no further scholarship money.

Summer Term

  • You must have a meeting with your committee before the end of May of the second year. It is your responsibility to arrange the meeting. The committee will consist of your supervisor, your second reader, and either the M.A. Advisor or the Department Chair to chair the meeting. The chair of the meeting may also take part in the discussion of your progress
  • In order to be sure of graduating in the Fall Convocation, you should submit the first complete draft of your thesis to your supervisor by the last Friday in May, the version of your thesis that you are going to defend to the department by mid-August, and the approved final copy to Graduate Studies by late September. Please consult the Graduate Studies Calendar for the exact dates for the current academic year.Please make yourself familiar with the procedure for submitting M.A. theses.
  • If you meet these deadlines, we guarantee to read and examine your work in time for you to graduate in the Fall, irrespective of whether you met the March 31st deadline for full funding. Again, make sure you are familiar with the School of Graduate Studies regulations.
  • At this time, you should complete a form declaring your intent to submit your thesis for examination and defense, and submit it to the Department of Philosophy. You should also review the student procedures for your M.A. defense.
  • Fall Convocation takes place in mid-November. Be advised that once you have completed all the requirements for the program you will receive no further scholarship money.