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MA MSc Committee and Examination Board

The Department encourages a close working relationship between students and their Thesis Supervision Committee.  There are advantages to having a Thesis Supervision Committee member also serve on Thesis Examination Board.  The supervisor does NOT examine the thesis according to the School of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies (SGPS) regulations, but a Supervision Committee member may examine it (see note on "significant involvement" below). The Supervision Committee and Examination Board are initiated by the candidate in collaboration with the supervisor.

MA MSc Thesis Supervision Committee (n=2)
Supervisor
Faculty Member 2 *

*See also SGPS thesis regulations section
*Faculty member 2 typically comes from UWO Geography, but other faculty may serve if eligible. Up to 3 faculty members may serve on the Thesis Supervisory Committee, but most typically just have the supervisor and one other member.

MA MSc Thesis Examination Board (n=4) see also SGPS regulations
Supervisor (comments, but does not examine)
Faculty Member 2 *#
Faculty Member 3 *#
Faculty Member at UWO, outside of program
Oral Chair ^
original Thesis Supervision Committee

see also SGPS thesis regulations
*# Faculty members 2, and 3 must come from UWO Geography, but other faculty may serve, if eligible, in rare circumstances.
No more than one Thesis Examiner from Geography ("Program Examiner") may be from the candidate's Thesis Supervisory Committee. All thesis examiners must not have had "significant" involvement in the development of the thesis. This is why the supervisor does not examine the thesis. Examples of "significant involvement" are if: a) the Thesis Supervision Committee member has read/edited more than 50% of the thesis; b) the Thesis Supervision Committee member is a co-author on a manuscript that will be published from the thesis.
^The oral defence is chaired by a non-voting, Thesis Examination Chair arranged by Geography.