Thesis Evaluation Criteria
For master's candidates:
A master's thesis is reviewed based on the following criteria: academic significance, originality, creativity and logical clarity of the thesis as well as the candidate's knowledge relevant to the field of study.
A master's thesis is reviewed by a thesis committee, of which the candidate's academic supervisor is part. The candidate is required to present his/her thesis at the oral defense (or the review meeting). The graduate school council determines, based on the division council's assessment, whether to approve the candidate's successful completion of the master's program.
For doctoral candidates:
A doctoral thesis is reviewed based on the following criteria: academic significance, originality and creativity leading to the expansion of scientific frontiers; scientific soundness of methods and approaches taken to reach the conclusion; logical clarity of the thesis; and the candidate's knowledge relevant to the field of study.
For formatting guidelines and review processes, see the Graduate School of Science's regulations on the doctoral thesis formatting, publication and review.