MA Thesis & Project Deadlines

MA Thesis (option I)

Submission deadlines for MA thesis will adhere to the deadlines given by the School of Graduate Studies (SGS). In general, thesis submission for the Fall convocation is mid-August with a final successful defense and deposit on Spectrum by mid-September; for Spring convocation these deadlines are mid-March and mid-April. The first deposit will be submitted electronically to the Thesis Office and the final will be submitted through Concordia University’s Research Repository, Spectrum.

First deposit to Thesis Office First submission to Spectrum
Fall convocation Mid-August Mid-September
Spring convocation  Mid-March Mid-April

Upon the first submission of the thesis, a defence will be scheduled within a period of no fewer than two, and no more than four weeks. For times other than the above deadlines, MA thesis defences will also be scheduled upon the first submission of theses within a period of no fewer than two, and no more than four weeks. The parties concerned may agree on a postponement but the supervisor will make the final decision if there is any deviation of date from the above policy.

Students are required to discuss prospective dates for the submission and the defence of their MA thesis with all members of their supervisory committee well in advance of any deadlines. Given that defences frequently occur in the summertime, it is important that everyone is given as much time as possible to schedule a defence, and that all parties are kept up to date on a regular basis regarding the student’s progress toward completion of the MA thesis. Students must submit one bound copy of their final thesis to the Department of Communications Studies with a 309 red for the cover.

Students are responsible for following the guidelines set out in Concordia’s Thesis Preparation Guide and for adhering to all thesis submission deadlines.

MA Research-Creation Project (option III)

Submission deadlines for MA Research-Creation Project are mid-August for fall convocation with a final successful defence and deposit on Spectrum by mid-September; for Spring convocation these deadlines are mid-March and mid-April. MA research projects will be submitted to the department. The first deposit will be submitted electronically and as a hard copy to the MA Media Studies program office and to Concordia University’s Research Repository, Spectrum. The final deposit will include the written component and the creative production, or documentation of the creative production. Find out more about accepted digital file formats for Spectrum. Students must have the formatting of their MA Research-Creation Project approved by their immediate supervisor prior to submitting their final version through Spectrum.

First deposit to Communications Studies Department First submission to Spectrum
Fall convocation Mid-August Mid-September
Spring convocation  Mid-March Mid-April

Upon the first submission of the MA Research-Creation Project, which must include both the written and creative portions, or documentation of the creative portion, a defence will be scheduled within a period of no fewer than two, and no more than four weeks. In instances when the creative portion involves a performance to be scheduled with the defense, the committee must nonetheless receive adequate material to evaluate the work (as determined by the committee). The parties concerned may agree on a postponement but the supervisor will make the final decision if there is any deviation of date from the above policy.

Students are required to discuss prospective dates for the submission and the defence of their MA Research-Creation Project with all members of their supervisory committee well in advance of any deadlines. Given that defences frequently occur in the summertime, it is important that everyone is given as much time as possible to schedule a defence , and that all parties are kept up to date on a regular basis regarding the student’s progress toward completion of the MA Research-Creation Project.

The written component of the project should conform with thesis formatting requirements established in Concordia’s Thesis Preparation Guide. Any questions about the interpretation of these guidelines should be directed to the MA in Media Studies program office.