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# Thesis Proposal

Students completing their PhD thesis proposal will enroll in one of the following courses, depending on whether they are in the MATH, APMA, or Operations Research program:

The thesis proposal should ideally be completed by the **end of the sixth semester of enrollment in the PhD program**. Students should discuss with their supervisor about when to enroll in this course.

## Instructions:

1. At the beginning of the semester, students will enroll in one of the following courses, depending on whether they are in the MATH or APMA program:

2. The student presents a written thesis proposal to their supervisory committee. The written version of the thesis proposal is generally due** two weeks** before the proposal presentation. This deadline should be confirmed by the committee at the time the proposal presentation is scheduled.

3. The student and senior supervisor arrange a date and time with the supervisory committee and the GPA is to be emailed (mathgsec@sfu.ca) the following information **3 weeks prior** to the thesis proposal:

- Proposal Title
- Abstract
- Date and Time
- Room/video conference information.

4. The student delivers a seminar talk, (approximately 30 minutes in duration) attended by members of the supervisory committee and chaired by the senior supervisor.

- If the committee approves the thesis proposal, the members sign a form stating that the student has passed the general examination.
- If the committee is not satisfied, then the process must be repeated at a later date.