Introduction to the thesis option
A student choosing the Thesis option with the M.A. in Globalization and International Development must complete a total of 18 units (6 courses), including 4 compulsory courses + 2 optional courses + thesis.
Why choose the thesis option?
The Thesis option is recommended for students who wish to develop their ability to conduct and write-up original research. Fieldwork in a developing country is often expected by academic supervisors.
The requirements of the Thesis option can be completed in 5-6 semesters (20-24 months), bibliography and annexes not included. Addition of the Co-op option will normally extend the program to 24-28 months.
The student may participate in the Co-op program (two placements) within the framework of the M.A. by Thesis. However, this will add time to the program, because he/she will normally have a Co-op placement in Year 1 (Summer) and Year 2 (Winter) and be required to return for at least one semester in order to submit his/her thesis.
Concentration in development practice
The Concentration in Development Practice can be combined with the MA by Thesis, but the student will be required to take two extra courses, on top of the 6 normally required. Note that you will be required to take the majority of the “practice” courses during the Spring and Summer semesters. We do not advise that the Concentration in Development Practice be combined with the Thesis option.
Suggested progress (MA by thesis)
View a detailed explanation of the suggested progress through the program.
The thesis is normally between 80-100 pages long (20,000 to 25,000 words).
The student must submit a thesis proposal which will be evaluated by the supervisor and second reader. After submission of the final version of the thesis, the student is required to defend (orally) his/her thesis to a committee of 3 evaluators.