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Steps to completing degree requirements

Comprehensive Exam (PhD students only)

Students in the PhD program are required to complete a comprehensive examination prior to the official formation of their thesis committee. PhD students entering the last year of their coursework should contact their faculty member or Program Liaison when begin thinking about completing their comprehensive examination.

Students are responsible for finding two faculty members that will sit on their comprehensive examination committee. Typically, a student's thesis supervisor acts as one of these members.


Tips for completing your comprehensive exam
 

  • Talk to other students who have completed the comps in the program. They can help you understand what the experience is like.
     
  • Connect with other students who are in the comps stage and consider forming a study group.
     
  • Attend preparation workshops that are available during the year. Check the OISE Office of the Registrar and Student Services website for announcements of new workshops.



     

Thesis or MRP Development (All students)

Thesis and MRP


The thesis or major research paper (MRP) is developed in consultation with the student’s supervisor. Before starting a thesis or MRP, students should ensure that they have reviewed the OISE Final Oral Exam (FOE) Guidelines. These guidelines provide information about policy and procedures concerning the formal thesis requirements for graduate degrees in education.


Steps for completing a thesis
 

  1. Select a topic  
  2. Select a thesis supervisor
  3. Complete your thesis proposal
  4. Select and formalize your thesis committee* 
  5. Complete ethics review procedures
  6. Prepare your thesis
  7. Submit thesis to your committee for approval
  8. Complete final oral examination (doctoral students only)
  9. Obtain approval of final thesis
  10. Submit final copies of thesis
     

* Appropriate forms must be completed and submitted. Please consult the OISE Final Oral Exam (FOE) Guidelines for more information.

 

 

Thesis Proposal (PhD, EdD, MA students only)

A thesis proposal is developed in consultation with a faculty member, typically a student’s academic advisor or prospective supervisor.

Before starting the thesis proposal process, students should ensure that they have reviewed the OISE Final Oral Exam (FOE) Guidelines. These guidelines provide information about policy and procedures concerning the formal thesis requirements for graduate degrees in education.

OISE offers a number of thesis proposal workshops throughout the year. For more information on upcoming workshops, visit the Events, Workshops and Conferences page.

 

Oral Examination (PhD and EdD students only)

Once a thesis has been approved by a student’s thesis committee, it is recommended for a Final Oral Examination. At this examination, the student must defend their thesis before a Final Oral Examination Committee.

Review the OISE Final Oral Exam (FOE) Guidelines for more information about the Final Oral Examination.