The Dissertation, Thesis and Mentor
The Doctoral Dissertation and Master’s Thesis
The doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis is to be undertaken with the objective of enhancing the candidate’s professional and personal status, as well as contributing to the area of knowledge in which the candidate is concentrating. The doctoral dissertation or the thesis may be a traditional research study, book, guide, video production, business plan, or any project that demonstrates quality graduate research.
The finished writing of the dissertation is typically 150 to 200 double spaced pages which may include the bibliography, charts, graphs, appendices or any material relevant to the research. IUGS doctoral dissertations have varied in length between 117 and 380 double-spaced pages which included the bibliography, appendices, citations, and other relevant material. Each dissertation is unique and the length will depend upon the context of the problem, the research and design and the conclusion.
The finished writing of the master’s theses is typically 75 to 100 pages. IUGS master’s thesis have varied in length between 52 and 156 double-spaced pages which included the bibliography, appendices, citations, and other relevant material. Each thesis is unique and the length will depend upon the context of the problem, the research and design and the conclusion.
IUGS advocates a dissertation or thesis which will benefit the candidate’s career path or the field in which the candidate is or plans to be involved.
(I) IUGS assessment criteria for dissertations
A – An appropriate objective of the study.
B – The ability of the candidate to integrate the material to meet the objectives of the study.
C – The depth and quality of the primary and/or secondary research.
D – The extent and depth of the bibliography.
E – The integration of citations to support the quality of the study.
(II) The number of persons on a dissertation committee
Three members are on the dissertation committee, the Dean, the mentor and one faculty member.
(III) The numbers of readers for each dissertation
Three members or more are readers, the Dean, the mentor and one to three faculty members.
The Oral Dissertation Defence
The dissertation oral defence is divided into two parts. Part one lasts for approximately one hour. The candidate will summarize the dissertation. For the remaining time, the examiners will question the candidate on the research, the findings, the conclusion and any matters relevant to the dissertation. At the end of part one, the candidate will be requested to leave the room.
The examiners will discuss the quality of the candidate’s defence. The candidate will return to the room and be informed if he or she has passed. If there are further questions to be asked, the candidate will be required to take part two. If at the end of part II the candidate has not satisfied the examiners, he or she will have failed and must retake the oral defence at a later date.
The candidate must employ a mentor. The mentor is to:
1. Interact with the Dean on behalf of the candidate;
2. Assist the candidate in Research and Design I & II.
3. Approve the candidate’s course content for Research and Design I & II.
4. Assist and stimulate the candidate in the development of the dissertation or the thesis;
5. Approve the final dissertation or thesis draft submitted to the Dean.
The candidate may select his or her mentor. If the candidate desires, a mentor will be assigned by the Dean. If the mentor is selected by the candidate, the mentor’s curriculum vitae must be submitted for approval by the Dean. Mentors are required to have a doctoral degree. The mentor should have the competency and motivation to assist the candidate in completion of the dissertation or thesis.