General Programme Requirements for Graduate Studies

 

General Information

These general regulations specify the minimum academic requirements in order to obtain a Master's or Doctoral Degree with the Division of Graduate Studies and Research. The student's major department may have additional requirements.

Master's Degrees

Requirements for a Master's programme

Normally a period of two academic years, plus the intervening summer, of full-time graduate study is required for completion of a Master's degree programme.

The minimum RMC content required for the awarding of an RMC Master's degree is work equivalent to two full-time terms (one academic year) of full-time graduate study under the RMC faculty.

Programme of Studies for a Master's Programme

A minimum of four approved term courses or the equivalent at the graduate level, plus a thesis will be required for a Master's degree. A term course is defined as one consisting of three (one-hour) periods per week for one academic term. Work done at other universities will be accepted if recommended by the Graduate Studies Committee and approved by Faculty Council. Results of original research or contribution to knowledge will normally be presented in the form of a thesis.

The minimum number of RMC courses is fifty percent (50%) of the required course load, excluding the thesis.

The normal requirement for an RMC Master's degree is:

  1. five term courses or the equivalent at the graduate level plus a thesis,
  2. eight term courses or the equivalent at the graduate level plus a project, or
  3. ten term courses or the equivalent at the graduate level.

Please see the various degree programmes by department for degree requirements.

A candidate's major department is the department in which the thesis research is conducted. In the case of graduate degree programmes conducted by interdepartmental committees of the Division of Graduate Studies and Research rather than by departments, the interdepartmental committee and its chair will assume the responsibilities of the major department and departmental chair respectively.

The programme of studies and research recommended by the major department concerned must be approved each term by the Graduate Studies Committee.

Time Limit for a Master's Programme

The period allowed from first registration into the Master's programme to the final submission of the thesis normally shall be no more that five years. Requests for extension of the thesis will be considered on a case by case basis.

Doctoral Degrees

Residence Requirements for a Doctoral Programme

The minimum residence requirement for the Doctoral degree is four full-time terms (two academic years), dated from the initial registration in the programme.

The minimum RMC content required for the awarding of a RMC Doctoral degree is work equivalent to four academic terms or two academic years of full-time graduate study in a Doctoral programme at RMC.

In the case of candidates who are full-time members of the RMC faculty while undertaking a Doctoral programme on a part-time basis in their own time, one-half of an academic year of residence requirement will be credited for each year on staff during the period in which the candidate is registered in a Doctoral programme. For the purpose of this regulation, the academic year is considered to extend from 1 September to 30 April.

A Master's student, who is allowed to transfer into a Doctoral programme, must fulfil two academic years of full-time study, but dated from the initial registration in the Master's programme.

Programme of Studies for a Doctoral Programme

The candidate will be required to take sufficient courses to provide proper preparation for the comprehensive examination. Normally, a minimum of eight approved term courses or the equivalent at the graduate level past the Bachelor's level will be required or a minimum of four approved courses past the master's level. Major departments may have additional course work requirements.

The minimum number of RMC courses is fifty percent (50%) of the required course load, excluding the thesis.

A candidate's major department is the department in which the thesis research is conducted. In the case of graduate degree programmes conducted by interdepartmental committees of the Division of Graduate Studies and Research rather than by departments, the interdepartmental committee and its chair will assume the responsibilities of the major department and departmental chair respectively. Graduate level courses previously completed at RMC or another university, including courses credited toward the granting of a Master's degree, will be accepted for credit up to a maximum of four term courses or equivalent, if recommended by the major department and Graduate Studies Committee and approved by Faculty Council.

Credit for additional graduate courses may be considered on petition by the candidate.

Time Limit for a Doctoral Programme

The period allowed from first registration into the Doctoral programme to the final submission of the thesis shall normally be no more than seven years. Requests for extension of the thesis will be considered on a case by case basis.

Language Requirements for a Doctoral Programme

Individual departments may require demonstration of reading knowledge in one or more languages considered a requirement for the conduct of effective research in the particular topic of study.

Student Responsibilities

The Dean of Graduate Studies and Research is responsible to the Principal for the control and direction of all academic matters affecting graduate studies.

In academic matters, the graduate student is responsible directly to the Head of his or her major department (or, in the case of a programme controlled by an interdepartmental committee of the Division of Graduate Studies and Research, to its Chair), and thence to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.

For military purposes, command of all officers posted to RMC on postgraduate education is vested in the Commanding Officer for Post Graduates (CO PG & Mil Fac) who is specifically appointed by the Commandant.

Full-time graduate students may be required to perform laboratory assistance or tutorial duties (excluding marking) for up to three hours a week, and minor military duties from time to time.

A civilian and a military Postgraduate Class Senior will be appointed annually.

The civilian Class Senior will be chosen by the civilian graduate students in consultation with the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, the military Class Senior by the COPG in consultation with the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.

The military Class Senior shall be responsible to the COPG for the general control and deportment of the military graduate students, and shall also provide liaison between the military graduate students and the COPG and the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.

The two Seniors will sit on the Graduate Studies Committee.

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