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MA in Dispute Resolution Projects and Thesis

Students in the Dispute Resolution program may choose to complete either a Master's Project (DR 598) or a Master's Thesis (DR 599) to conclude their program.

Master's Project (4.5 units): DR 598

The MADR Master's Project (DR 598) requires students to complete a major project for a client in consultation with an academic supervisor and Graduate Advisor. The project is expected to be a substantial analysis of a conflict situation or process, policy issue, or other relevant topic approved by the Graduate Advisor. The Project must provide evidence of independent research by the student and otherwise meet the regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. It will have a practical application and is generally prepared in consultation with a client, as well as the supervisor. A written report will be prepared and submitted to an oral examination committee.

Before starting the project, students must complete MADR core courses (DR 501, 502, 503, 505, 589, 506, 512, 515, 520 (or 511)) and any electives relevant to the DR 598 project. Students choosing this option will complete a program of 19.5 units.

Master's Project Resources

Master's Thesis (6.0 units): DR 599

The Master's Thesis requires original research on a topic chosen in consultation with the student's academic supervisor and the Graduate Advisor, and otherwise meet the regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the department. Before starting the project, students must complete MADR core courses (DR 501, 502, 503, 505, 506, 512, 515, 520 (or 511)) and any electives relevant to the DR 599 Thesis. All course requirements must be completed before proceeding to the oral examination.

Students undertaking the DR 599 thesis option will complete a program of 21 units.

Master's Thesis Resources

Responsibilities of the Student and the Supervising Committee

For more information on what you can expect from your Academic Supervisor and the supervising committee, please consult the Graduate Calendar - Graduate Examinations.

In addition, some faculty members have developed their own set of guidelines regarding what students should expect from them as supervisors and what they expect of students working with them.

Administrative Matters

It is the student's responsibility to be aware of all administrative deadlines.  Contact your graduate secretary regarding School of Public Administration defence deadlines and procedures.

Policies and procedures for completing a thesis are outlined by the Faculty of Graduate Studies under Student Resources.

Please note that the School will require an electronic (PDF format) copy of your final thesis. Please submit this copy to the graduate secretary.

To book a room for your oral defence, please contact the graduate secretary, madr@uvic.ca


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