Research Paper & Thesis Guidelines

The Research Paper

Graduate students enrolled in a coursework or research project stream in their home department are expected to write a research paper as part of their Collaborative Specialization requirements. The research paper must be on an environment related topic and must be supervised by a faculty member from the home department, preferably a member of the graduate faculty of School of the Environment. Students whose faculty supervisors are not appointed to the School of the Environment should contact the Program Assistant & Graduate Student Advisor.

On a case-by-case basis, students who cannot find a research supervisor from their home unit, with express permission from the student’s home department, may be supervised by a professor from the School of the Environment or another participating graduate degree granting unit.

The length, style and format of the research paper are within the discretion of the home department supervisor. The School of the Environment, however, recommends that the research paper be 20-30 double-spaced pages in length.

If your home department does not have an established research paper designated code, you must use the School’s designated code ENV5555Y when registering on ROSI or ACORN.

An electronic copy of the research paper must be submitted to the Program Assistant & Graduate Student Advisor of the School of the Environment along with an email from your supervisor confirming that your paper has been graded (P/F) and approved.

Types of research papers include:

  1. A research paper based on an internship experience.
  2. A literature review in an area related to the field of research.
  3. A primary research paper based on an area of interest.

The Thesis

Collaborative Specializations students who pursue a thesis stream degree in their home units are required to write (and if applicable, defend) an environmentally relevant research thesis of acceptable quality. Thesis research should be supervised by one or more faculty members from the home department, at least one of whom is a graduate faculty member of the School of the Environment.

An electronic copy of the final approved thesis must be submitted to the School of the Environment's Program Assistant and Graduate Student Advisor prior to convocation, along with an email from your supervisor confirming that your thesis has been graded and approved.