The major research paper (MRP) will examine a significant topic in the local economic development field, and typically involves some original data collection and analysis.

Proposals are developed in fall and winter term. It is highly recommended that students identify a potential supervisor early and include them in the proposal process. Once you identify a supervisor, you will complete the 'change of supervisor' form, supplied by the Graduate Administrator. Students are encouraged to continue to develop their literature review through the Winter term. Some students complete the MRP during the Spring term of their first year, while others continue to work on the paper during the fourth term of enrolment in the program.

The paper should be a minimum of 60 pages in length (excluding front matter, references, and appendices) and include:

  • problem statement
  • status of research
  • research procedures
  • findings, and
  • conclusions

Ethics clearance, through the Office of Research Ethics, is required for research involving human participants. Ethics clearance is necessary prior to recruiting participants for studies.