M.A and M.Sc. Degree Requirements
1. Course Work
Students must complete a minimum of four courses in addition to their research and thesis.
Courses will be chosen in consultation with the student’s Supervisor, but normally will include:
- AHSC 5P01: Current issues in Applied Health Sciences (required by both MA and MSc candidates) and,
- AHSC 5P27 or AHSC 5P37: Research Methods – Quantitative or Qualitative Analysis (one of these two (or graduate level equivalent) courses is required) and,
- two 0.5 full course equivalent elective courses at the graduate level, of which at least one MUST be from the offerings of the FAHS Graduate Program
- For their elective courses, Students can choose to undertake a Selected Research Topics or Graduate Directed Study course, or can choose to take a graduate level course from FAHS or another department in the University as their elective credit(s).
In addition to the course requirements, a research project that culminates in a thesis must be completed (AHSC 5F90). The research project for the thesis will be chosen in consultation with the student’s Supervisor.
Grading. Evaluation procedures for courses will follow the current academic regulations for graduate studies at Brock University. Students must achieve and maintain satisfactory academic performance, with a standing of at least B in graduate level courses. A student whose academic performance is considered to be unsatisfactory may be required to withdraw from the program.
2. Original Research and Thesis
The focus of the Master’s Program in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences is on direct involvement of the student in research activities, particularly on the Master’s thesis project, under the supervision of the student’s Supervisor.
Thesis Proposal and Thesis Defence. The purpose of the research project and thesis in the Master’s Program is to introduce students to the basic technical and scholarly skills of research. The student may choose to take a specific or multidisciplinary approach to the examination of a broader issue within the various fields of applied health sciences. The research project should be one that can be completed, from proposal to successful defence, within 16-20 months.
Evaluation of Proposal and Defence. The student should note that, in addition to the evaluation associated with the required course work, Master’s Degree candidates are evaluated at two stages during the research/thesis phase of their program.
- The first of these evaluations involves the presentation and defence of the thesis proposal/research plan. This evaluation takes place after the student – in consultation with their Supervisor and Advisory Committee – has developed a research plan, and prior to submission of the project to ethics review.
- The second evaluation is the formal oral defence and examination of the written thesis.
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