SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES

REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY AND SPECIFIC PROGRAMME REGULATIONS

Programmes leading to this degree are offered at present in French, German, Humanities, and in Sociology.

A) QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

B) PROGRAMME OF STUDY

C) PERIOD OF STUDY

D) EVALUATION

E) EVALUATION - GENERAL COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

F) DEPARTMENTAL REGULATIONS

SPECIFIC PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS


A) QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

1. Admission is limited and competitive. To be considered for admission an applicant shall hold a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an institution recognized by the Senate and shall have a knowledge of his or her proposed field of specialization satisfactory to the Department(s) concerned when interdisciplinary study is intended or to the Board of Studies in the case of the programme in Humanities, and to the Dean.

2. Preference will normally be given to applicants who hold an appropriate Honours degree either from Memorial University, or from another university whose Honours degree is of comparable standing. Any other applicant who holds a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent will be considered for admission provided that:

a) the applicant's undergraduate record after the first year shows an average of at least grade B in courses in the proposed field of specialization.

b) the applicant's overall undergraduate record after the first year shows an average of at least grade B in all courses taken, and

c) the Department or Board of Studies satisfies the Dean that the applicant's work exhibits evidence of academic excellence.

Only in exceptional circumstances, and only on the recommendation of the Department or the Board of Studies, will the Dean consider applicants who do not meet the requirements (a) and (b). Such applicants, however, must meet the requirement (c).

3. An applicant may be required to demonstrate a satisfactory knowledge of the proposed field of study in an examination administered by the Department(s), or Board of Studies.

4. Applicants whose mother tongue is not English are reminded that a high degree of literacy in English is required of students at the University. In most cases instruction is in English, and examinations are to be written in English. (Language departments, however, give instruction in the pertinent language and often require examinations to be written in that language. In addition, other departments may permit and even require examinations to be written in a language other than English).

5. An applicant may be required to pass a qualifying examination.

NOTE: Some Departments have particular regulations in addition to these, and applicants are advised to turn to the relevant parts of this Calendar and acquaint themselves with both the General Regulations and the regulations of the programme in which they are interested.

B) PROGRAMME OF STUDY

1. Every candidate shall read at least 30 credit hours in programme courses in one subject or in a combination of closely related subjects as recommended by the Department(s) or Board of Studies, and approved by the Dean.

2. A candidate may be required also to take additional credit hours in programme courses, which must be recommended by the Department and approved by the Dean.

3. Students registered in the programme in Humanities will be required to maintain and submit for evaluation a programme Journal (See Section C.3 of the Regulations for the Degree of Master of Philosophy in Humanities).

4. No candidate while classified as a part-time student may take more than six credit hours in any one semester.

5. No candidate may take more than nine credit hours in graduate courses in a single semester, nor any credit hours in undergraduate courses at the same time as nine credit hours in graduate courses; in no case may graduate and undergraduate credit hours combined exceed 12 in any one semester.

6. The course programme will culminate in a general comprehensive examination (see Section E, following).

7. Every candidate shall be assigned to a tutor recommended by the Department(s) or Board of Studies and approved by the Dean.

8. The Dean may approve an application to transfer from the M.Phil. to the M.A. only when a new integrated programme, acceptable to the Dean, is submitted.



C) PERIOD OF STUDY

The period of study for the Master of Philosophy degree shall not normally exceed three years, during which time the candidate shall spend at least two semesters in full-time attendance as a graduate student at this University.

D) EVALUATION

See also Section G. of General Regulations

1. Students registered in undergraduate courses shall satisfy examination requirements in these courses.

2. The academic requirements for the degree of Master of Philosophy shall be met when the candidate has successfully completed all course requirements of the programme and has passed a general examination which consists of both written and oral parts. The Dean, on the recommendation of the Department(s) or Board of Studies, shall determine the times and places for general examinations; and, on the recommendation of the Department(s) or Board of Studies, shall appoint examiners, one of whom shall be from outside the Department(s) concerned. In the M.Phil. in Humanities, a programme Journal is also required.

E) EVALUATION - GENERAL COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

1. Each candidate must pass a general comprehensive examination.

2. The examination committee shall be appointed by the Dean on the recommendation of the Department(s) or Board of Studies. The committee shall consist of either three or five members, at least one of whom must come from outside the Department(s) concerned. The candidate shall be informed of the names of the committee well before the examination.

3. The candidate and the tutor will normally agree when the candidate may sit the general comprehensive examination. However, the Department(s) or Board of Studies must accede to the candidate's request to sit a comprehensive examination, except that in no circumstances may a candidate attempt the general comprehensive examination before his or her course programme is completed.

4. The schedule for the examination shall be agreed by the candidate, the tutor, and the examining committee, and shall be promulgated by the Dean.

5. The examination shall consist of a written part and an oral part. The time between the written and the oral parts shall normally be from one to four weeks.

6. The oral examination shall be from one to three hours in length, and shall be conducted by the examining committee, and shall be open to the examination committee and to members of the Department(s) or Board of Studies only.

7. A candidate must satisfy the examining committee in both parts of the examination to obtain a pass.

8. The successful completion of the comprehensive examination is the final academic requirement for the Master of Philosophy degree.

F) DEPARTMENTAL REGULATIONS

Every candidate in a graduate programme shall comply with any additional programme requirements and with the GENERAL REGULATIONS


SPECIFIC PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS

French Requirements and Courses

German Requirements and Courses

Humanities Requirements and Courses

Sociology Requirements and Courses


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