Student's Advisory Comittee


Every student in a thesis-based MA degree program needs to have a student's advisory committee (SAC) in order to complete the program (there is no SAC for students enrolled in the course-based MA).

The SAC is composed of a supervisor and at least two regular committee members. As soon as possible after the start of the program the student should identify a faculty member who consents to act as the student's supervisor.

With the supervisor, and typically after the completion of the student's course work, the student's first task is to prepare a thesis proposal, a document of about 10 double-spaced pages outlining the student’s overall objective in their thesis along with a rough outline of the thesis' argument structure. Once the student and supervisor are satisfied that they have a workable draft of the thesis proposal, they identify who might be potential regular committee members.

Once the other committee members have consented to serve on the student’s SAC, a thesis proposal defense is arranged involving the student and the SAC. If this defense is successful, the SAC grants the student permission to write the thesis. The student then writes the thesis, while consulting with the SAC.

thesis should consist of approximately 70 double spaced pages, not including the bibliography or any appendices. Once the SAC approves the thesis, the supervisor arranges an oral defense of the thesis.  In an oral defense, the student defends the thesis in front of an examination committee consisting of the student’s SAC and an external examiner from another department within the university.

Once the student successfully passes the oral defense, and any required revisions to the thesis have been made, the student is eligible to graduate with an MA degree.

Potential Supervisors

  • Peter Alward
  • Susan Dieleman
  • Sarah Hoffman
  • Leslie Howe
  • Robert Hudson
  • Dwayne Moore
  • Emer O'Hagan
  • Brian Zamulinski
  • Ria Jenkins
  • John Liptay
  • Daniel Regnier
  • Carl Still
  • David Crossley
  • Eric Dayton
  • Phil Dwyer
  • Karl Pfeifer

Potential Advisory Committee Members

  • Abraham Akkerman
  • William Buschert
  • Michael Pomedli
  • or anyone listed as a potential supervisor
Please see the Department People page for contact details and background information for Potential Supervisors and Advisory Committee Members