You are eligible to receive the Honours Thesis designation on your official transcript and degree parchment if you maintain the minimum academic standards, and successfully complete the enrichment experience, two honours components, and the thesis as outlined below. For more detailed information, please refer to the current academic calendar.
A. Enrichment experience
One of the following enrichment activities should be completed as early as possible in your studies:
B. Honours components I and II
Each honours component, Management 4895 - Honours Component I (0.0 credits; Pass/Fail; $0 tuition) and Management 4896 - Honours Component II, (0.0 credits; Pass/Fail; $0 tuition), involves at least 20 hours of extra academic or research work in two Dhillon School of Business honours-approved courses under the supervision of a faculty member. These courses must be non-core and non-introductory 3000/4000 level courses offered by the Dhillon School of Business. One honours-approved course must be in your major. The other can be any honours-approved Dhillon School of Business course. Each prospective candidate for the honours-component course is responsible for obtaining support from a faculty supervisor.
C. Undergraduate thesis
Management 4995 - Undergraduate Thesis (6.0 credits) is a course where you will explore an area of interest and do supervised research linked to your declared major under the supervision of a faculty member. Each prospective candidate for the Undergraduate Thesis course is responsible for obtaining support from a faculty supervisor.
The prospective student must present a thesis proposal to be approved by the supervisor and the Dhillon School of Business Honours Committee prior to registration in the course. Although it may be possible to complete the undergraduate thesis in one semester, it is recommended that it be extended over two semesters.
There are two criteria that are the basis for the final assessment for your thesis:
1. Written Component - the undergraduate thesis must be a sustained piece of approved research demonstrating a superior level of academic ability on the specified topic.
2. Oral Component - a formal oral presentation is required demonstrating the ability to articulate clearly the nature of the thesis undertaken, the research methodology, and the results of the thesis. This component is a demonstration of the student’s competence in oral communication and not necessarily an oral defence of the thesis, unless so designated by the School.
Your faculty supervisor will establish at the outset the weighting of the written and oral components of the thesis, as well as the procedure for determining the final grade. A minimum grade of ‘B’ is required on the thesis. The grade includes satisfactory completion of the required oral component.
In order to receive the 'Honours Thesis' designation, students must maintain a term GPA of at least 3.30. Students will be given one semester "grace" if the term GPA falls below 3.30, to accomodate extenuating circumstances.