SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES

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

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

A) QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

B) PROGRAM OF STUDY

C) PERIOD OF STUDY

D) EVALUATION

E) EVALUATION - GENERAL COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

F) DEPARTMENTAL REGULATIONS


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 program in Humanities, and to the Dean.

2. Preference will normally be given to applicants who hold an appropriate Honours degree either from Memorial University of Newfoundland, 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 program in which they are interested.

B) PROGRAM OF STUDY

1. Every candidate shall read at least 30 credit hours in program 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 program courses, which must be recommended by the Department(s) or Board of Studies, and approved by the Dean.

3. Students registered in the program in Humanities will be required to maintain and submit for evaluation a program 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 6 credit hours in any one semester.

5. No candidate may take more than 9 credit hours in graduate courses in a single semester, nor any credit hours in undergraduate courses at the same time as 9 credit hours in graduate courses; in no case may graduate and undergraduate credit hours combined exceed 12 in any one semester.

6. The course program 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 program, 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 program 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 program 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 program 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 program shall comply with any additional program requirements and with the GENERAL REGULATIONS

GERMAN

Associate Professor and Head of the Department
R. Ilgner

The degrees of Master of Arts and Master of Philosophy are offered in German Language and Literature and may be taken by full-time or part-time study. No graduate work is offered in Russian at this time.

1. In addition to the general requirements, candidates will be expected to have acquired a superior knowledge of the spoken and written language and may, depending on their academic background and field of specialization, be asked to take advanced undergraduate courses.

2. All candidates will complete at least 15 credit hours and a thesis for the M.A. and at least 30 credit hours for the M.Phil., and the entire program of study and research will normally be of two-years' duration.

COURSES

In accordance with Senate’s Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Head of the Department.

A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of candidates, as far as the resources of the Department will allow:

6000. German Civilization I
6001. German Civilization II
6201. Medieval German Literature II
6501. German Classicism II
7000. Special Subject or Author I
7001. Special Subject or Author II
7002-7020. Special Topics in German Studies

DEUTSCH

Professor und Vorstand der Abteilung
R. Ilgner

Auf dem Gebiet der Germanistik werden die Grade Master of Arts (Magister Artium) und Master of Philosophy (Magister Philosophiae) geboten. Sie können sowohl von voll-wie auch von halbzeitlich Studierenden erworben werden. Auf dem Gebiet der Slawistik wird z.Zt. kein weiterführendes Studium geboten.

1. Ausser den allgemeinen Zulassungsbestimmungen wird von den Kandidaten überdurchschnittliche Kenntnis des Deutschen in Sprache und Schrift erwartet. Ihrer akademi-schen Vorbildung und ihrem Fachgebiet entsprechend, kann ihnen eventuell geraten werden, gleichzeitig fortgeschrittene Kurse der Unterstufe zu belegen.

2. Für den Master of Arts sind mindestens 15 Kreditstunden zu absolvieren und eine wissenschaftliche Arbeit in Überein-stimmung mit den allgemeinen Zulassungsbestimmungen einzureichen, für den Master of Philosophy sind mindestens 30 Kreditstunden vorgeschrieben. Das ganze Studien program dauert normalerweise zwei Jahre.

KURSE

In accordance with Senate’s Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Head of the Department.

Von den hier aufgeführten Kursen für Graduierte wird jeweils eine Auswahl angeboten, die sowohl den Anforderungen des Studierenden wie den Möglichkeiten der Abteilung gerecht wird.

6000. Deutsche Kulturkunde I
6001. Deutsche Kulturkunde II
6201. Mittelhochdeutsche Literatur II
6501. Deutsche Klassik II
7000. Wahlthema oder - Autor I
7001. Wahlthema oder - Autor II
7002-7020. Wahlthemen in German Studies

HUMANITIES

Director, Board of Studies
P. Trnka

The Master of Philosophy in Humanities has been designed for students from any discipline. It is directed to students who hold an honours bachelor's degree or its equivalent. The object of the M.Phil. in Humanities program is to provide students with an opportunity to see the historical and logical context of their own disciplinary points of view. The program is based on the interaction of a group of students of varying backgrounds and interests studying a common core of texts in a shared set of courses.

The program draws scholarly participation from faculty members in a range of academic disciplines within the School of Graduate Studies. The program is administered by a Board of Studies with membership appointed by the Dean of Arts, from among the participating faculty.

MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY

See also General Regulations governing the degree of Master of Philosophy.

This program is offered by the Faculty of Arts, and will draw scholarly participation from among those appropriately qualified faculty members wishing to participate, regardless of Department or Faculty affiliation.

A) QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

1. Admission is limited and competitive. The number of students admitted to the program will be strictly limited to ensure small classes and maximum student-faculty contact. To be considered for admission an applicant will normally hold an Honours Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an institution recognized by the Senate, and will have a breadth of knowledge in one or more of the Humanities disciplines satisfactory to the Board of Studies, and to the Dean.

2. Applicants who do not hold an Honours degree (or equivalent) will be required to complete, prior to admission, a number of undergraduate courses, the nature and number of which will be determined on the basis of the applicants' undergraduate record by the Director of Studies in consultation with the Board of Studies. Candidates will be required to complete such designated pre-admission courses with a minimum overall average of 70%.

B) ADMINISTRATION

1. The program will be administered by a Board of Studies, the members of which will be appointed by the Dean of Arts from among the participating faculty.

2. There will be a Director of Studies who will be an ex officio of the Board of Studies and will make recommendations to the Dean concerning admission, financial support for students, and all other matters pertaining to the program.

3. Responsibility for the allocation of teaching and the support of related research will be managed by agreement between the Deans of the appropriate Faculties, the Heads of Departments of participating faculty members, and the Director of Studies, in consultation with the Dean of Graduate Studies.

4. The Board of Studies will be empowered to secure external grant funding where appropriate, and to manage all related administrative and financial matters as necessary.

C) PROGRAM OF STUDY

1. Every candidate shall normally read 30 credit hours in the 10 regulation courses listed below.

2. With permission of the Director of Studies, a candidate may elect to substitute up to two of these courses with courses from other graduate programs in this University. Attendance in other programs requires the permission of the departments involved. (See also School of Graduate Studies General Regulation D.7 which allows for further transfer of credits already taken but not yet applied to a graduate degree.)

3. Every candidate shall be required to maintain and submit a program Journal which will be monitored and evaluated by the Board of Studies. The Journal will comprise the candidate’s critical reflections arising out of analyses of designated key themes common to the several disciplines which constitute the program.

D) COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

1. Each candidate must pass a general comprehensive examination.

2. The Examination Committee shall be appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Board of Studies. The Committee shall normally consist of three members. One member of the Committee is normally the tutor. 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 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 program 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 program journal is an extended paper or series of linked papers which analyses and reflects critically on issues encountered by the candidate during the course of the program. Papers and/or projects completed during courses may be incorporated into the program journal, but shall not, of themselves, constitute the entire journal.

7. The oral examination shall be from one to three hours in length, shall be conducted by the Examining Committee, and shall be open only to the Examination Committee, members of the Board of Studies and members of the Departments concerned.

8. A candidate must satisfy the Examining Committee in both parts of the examination to obtain a pass.

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

COURSES

6000. Speaking and Writing I
6001. Speaking and Writing II
6010. Readings in History I
6011. Readings in History II
6020. Readings in Western Literature I
6021. Readings in Western Literature II
6030. Readings in Philosophy I
6031. Readings in Philosophy II
6040. Readings in Science and Technology
6041. Seminar in Humanities

SOCIOLOGY

Associate Professor and Head of the Department
J. Adler

MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY

1. Minimum admission requirements are a B average in undergraduate studies with a good undergraduate record in Sociology.

2. The Master of Philosophy requires the completion of 30 credit hours including the Graduate Seminar (6880) and Methods (6040). Other courses will be selected in consultation with the chair of the department's graduate studies committee.

COURSES

A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of candidates, as far as the resources of the Department will allow:

6040. Methods of Sociological Research
6090-94. Special Area in Sociology
6120. Social Organization
6130. Social Stratification
6140. The Community
6150. Social Theory
6160. Theory Construction and Explanation in Sociology
6240. Sociology in Medicine
6280. Social and Economic Development
6300. Maritime Sociology
6310. Political Sociology
6320. Gender and Society
6330. Science and Technology
6340. Comparative North Atlantic Societies
6350. Environmental Sociology
6360. Sociology of Work
6370. Feminist Theory and Methods
6380. Women, Nature, Science and Technology (Cross listed as Women’s Studies 6380)
6610. Socialization
6620. Current Topics in Social Behaviour
6880. Sociology Graduate Seminar


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