Guidelines for Major Papers, Theses, and Dissertations

The "Guidelines for Major Papers, Theses, and Dissertations" outline the requirements for the following research documents:

  • Doctoral dissertation and Master’s thesis (all programs), and Master’s creative writing project (English) – collectively referred to as “thesis” throughout;
  • Master’s major paper (all programs) and major internship paper (Political Science) – collectively referred to as ‘major research paper’.

The requirements are summarized on this webpage and the full text (pdf) is also available.

GENERAL PROCEDURES

DEPOSITING THE DOCUMENT

FORMAT SPECIFICATIONS

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GENERAL PROCEDURES

Most programs have strictly defined procedures regarding the steps a student must take in preparing a thesis, major paper, or dissertation: consult your advisor or program graduate coordinator to ascertain what these are in your program. An early appointment with the Office of Graduate Studies (ext. 2104) is strongly advised, to review format and university-wide procedures.

The following regulations are set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and apply to graduate students regardless of program.

Theses, creative writing projects, and dissertations:

  1. By the end of the first term in which a student is enrolled in the thesis, creative writing project, or dissertation (course number xx-794, xx-797 or xx-798), the program chair must submit a proposed committee, to be approved by the Executive Committee of the Faculty of Graduate Studies - see committee details. Failure to do so could delay a student's continued registration in course xx-794, xx-797 or xx-798.
  2. The student must, within the first term of enrolling in the thesis or dissertation, sign a ”Non-exclusive License to the University of Windsor”, authorizing the University to archive, distribute, and make available copies of the thesis or dissertation to a library user at this or any other university.
  3. Notice of a student's Master's or doctoral defense must be received in the Office of Graduate Studies at least eight days prior to the defense - see also defense procedures
  4. A single physical copy of the thesis must be brought by the student to the Office of Graduate Studies (CHT 316) to be checked for format prior to making the final copies for depositing and binding. Allow at least 2 business days for format-checking - failure to allow sufficient time for format checking could mean missing a deadline or deferring graduation until the next Convocation.
  5. After the thesis is approved by the candidate’s thesis committee and by the Graduate Studies office, the student deposits the required number of copies - see deposit steps.

Major research papers:

  1. The Major Research Paper is a scholarly essay/research project that shows evidence of critical analysis and understanding on a topic approved by the student’s supervisor and acknowledged by the program.
  2. The Major Research Paper committee will include a supervisor, who is a member of graduate faculty, and one other program faculty member.  Additional members may be added with the approval of the program.
  3. Upon completion of the Major Research Paper each student will deliver a public oral presentation and defense which shall be announced publicly (with a copy sent to the Office of Graduate Studies) at least eight days in advanceMajor Research Paper are graded by the committee with letter grades or as satisfactory or unsatisfactory.
  4. A copy of the Major Research Paper must be brought by the student to the Office of Graduate Studies (CHT 316) to be checked for format prior to making the final copies for depositing and binding. Allow at least 2 business days for format-checking - failure to allow sufficient time for format checking could mean missing a deadline or deferring graduation until the next Convocation.
  5. After the Major Research Paper is approved by the candidate’s committee and by the Graduate Studies office, the student deposits the required number of copies -  see deposit steps.
DEPOSITING THE DOCUMENT

Deposit of a major research paper, thesis or dissertation is the act of submitting the required number of copies to the Office of Graduate Studies, after the document has been checked there for format and permission has been given to proceed. Students are also required to pay the costs of binding, where applicable.

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