An MA thesis must be the result of an in-depth, original research project conducted within the period of graduate study at York. It must demonstrate a clearly stated problem, framework, literature review, and methodology. It must also include an extensive bibliography. Candidates who want to complete the MATS with a thesis complete four half-courses. The thesis must conform to expectations for academic writing, academic integrity guidelines, and FGS thesis submission guidelines. Candidates conducting research involving human participants must fill out the ethics review protocol for approval and submit it along with their MA thesis proposal—research with human participants cannot begin until the university Ethics Review Committee has approved the protocol submission. The thesis is expected to be approximately 120 pages long (+ the bibliography). Students interested in this option should first identify a Research Supervisor who will help them develop a thesis proposal (see template). Once approved by the supervisor, the proposal is submitted to the Graduate Program Director and approved by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Once completed, the thesis must be defended before a committee comprised by the supervisor, two members of the graduate program and an outside reader.
Major Research Paper (MRP):
Candidates seeking to complete the MATS by writing a Major Research Paper will complete six half-courses. The MPR must be based on the student’s original work conducted within the period of graduate study at York. It can be on a new topic or it may be an extension of a paper written for a course. The expectation is that it will be approximately 50 pages (+ the bibliography)–longer than a final research paper for a graduate course. Students interested in this option should first identify a Research Supervisor, then submit a topic and a proposal to the Graduate Program Director for approval. The proposal should include the names of the supervisor and one other faculty member who will serve as the second reader; it should also include the expected submission date, the MRP title, a clearly stated and detailed (three to five-page) description of the topic, and a bibliography. Candidates conducting research involving human participants must submit the ethics review protocol along with the MRP proposal—research with human participants cannot begin the graduate program must approve the ethics review protocol. MRPs must conform to academic writing and academic integrity guidelines. Once completed, the MRP is assessed on the final submission and an oral presentation conducted with the Research Supervisor and the second member of faculty.
- York University’s regulations regarding theses are also accessible at: Thesis and dissertation guidelines. Complementary information on copyrighted material can be found at:http://copyright.info.yorku.ca/
- The University awards a prize to the best three MA theses defended each year (all graduate programs considered). Information is available on this site:http://gradstudies.yorku.ca/current-students/thesis-dissertation/thesis-prizes/
- You can consult the program’s list of all MA theses defended in the program since its inception in 1991 and the titles of research papers for the same period.