Fall 2019 - EDUC 984 G001

Qualifying Examination (3)

Class Number: 1167

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA



The Qualifying Examination will follow completion of degree course work. An open oral qualifying examination given by the supervisory committee. The examination consists of a defence of the proposed thesis topic by the student and their responses to supervisory committee questions about related proposed research topics. The examination follows submission of a written PhD research proposal. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Students who fail will either successfully complete a second examination within six months or withdraw from the program.


The purpose of the qualifying examination is to ensure that students are prepared to complete a course of research that will culminate in the defence of an original dissertation. To qualify, the student will submit a concise written research proposal and defend it orally to their supervisory committee following successful completion of coursework. The proposal defence will be judged according to the feasibility and academic merits of the proposed research, sufficient breadth and understanding of the material in the student's major area of research, and a good preparation to perform the research.

The oral qualifying examination will be scheduled approximately three weeks following a written submission of a proposal by the student to the supervisory committee. Expectations of the particular composition of the proposal will be negotiated by the student with the qualifying examination committee. Students can expect to situate their work within appropriate literature(s) and to provide a theoretical and/or methodological rationale for how they plan to conduct their dissertation work.

At the conclusion of the oral presentation, the student will be asked to leave the room for deliberation. Examining committee members will decide if the student has met the requirements of the qualifying examination and passing a grade of Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory. If the student's work is unsatisfactory, they have the opportunity to make revisions and to retake the examination within six months.


  • Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory




Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html