Resources for Students

Here you can find links to campus and student resources, handouts from our SAGE Coffee Talks series, and information on the deadlines and formatting of the creative thesis or Major Research Paper (MRP) for MA students.

Campus and Student Resources

The GSA Advocacy Centre promotes the rights of Graduate Students at Concordia. They help students who find themselves in conflicts or other difficult situations by identifying their needs and determining and executing a plan of action. The Centre is confidential, and all persons are treated respectfully. It is highly recommended that graduate students speak to an advisor at the Advocacy Centre before visiting the Office of Rights and Responsibilities since the advisor will be able to help you with formal and informal complaints at the ORR. If you’re experiencing conflict with other students or with faculty that interferes with your education, please reach out to the Centre.

Location: 2030 MacKay (graduate division), H-222 (CSU, general)
Hours: Weekdays from 10:00-6:00

The Office of Rights and Responsibilities administers the Code of Rights and Responsibilities intended to, according to their website, “promote and protect the values of civility, equity, respect, non-discrimination and an appreciation of diversity as well as support members who have experienced or are experiencing conduct that violates these fundamental values.” If you feel discriminated against or mistreated on campus, the Office can help you evaluate possible courses of action and make an informed decision about what to do. Consultations are confidential, and the Office is impartial and independent. You do not need to file a formal complaint in order to get information or advice, but the advisor can guide you on how to file a complaint if necessary.

Location: GM Building, 1005.00
Hours: Weekdays from 9:00 – 5:00.

The Graduate Students Association (GSA) represents the collective interests of graduate students at Concordia University. An invaluable part of student life at Concordia, the GSA is a useful resource if you have academic or advocacy concerns. They also offer deals on French language classes, funding for academic conferences and extracurricular activities, and health insurance coverage.

Location: 2030 MacKay
Hours: Weekdays from 9:00 – 5:00.

Concordia Health Services is an on-campus wellness clinic. Appointments can be made with a doctor, or you can drop in to see a nurse. They provide urgent care, tests (including STI tests), vaccination, and medical notes. They also offer mental health services and information on healthy living. To use their services, they ask you to provide your Concordia ID card and either a RAMQ healthcare card or a medicare card from your province of origin. Unlike private clinics, they do not charge fees up front.

Location: GM-200, 1550 de Maisonneuve
Hours: Weekdays from 9:00 – 5:00.

Counselling & Psychological Services offers meetings with licensed professional counselors, psychologists, and psychotherapists to achieve psychological health and wellness. Meetings can take place on an individual or group basis in addition to the workshops they offer. Every Concordia student is entitled to 10 free counselling visits.

Location: H-440 (SGW)  | AD-103 (LOY)
Hours: Weekdays from 9:00 – 5:00.

Housing and Job Bank (HOJO) helps you find employment and off-campus housing. They also offer legal information about housing issues (including landlord and tenant rights) and workers’ rights on a drop-in basis.

Location: H-260 (SGW)  |  CC-426 (LOY)
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:00-6:00, Friday 11:00 – 4:00  (SGW) | Thursday 1:00 – 5:00 (LOY)

Teaching and Research Assistants Union (TRAC) is the labour union comprising the teaching and research assistants at Concordia University. Their website offers resources on everything from job descriptions to pay scales.

Location: 2130 Bishop, 2nd floor
Hours: Hours depend on the semester; see their website for more details.

SAGE Coffee Talks

SAGE organizes Coffee Talks every year to promote the professional development of SAGE members. Below are electronic copies of the handouts from Coffee Talks, along with the names, speakers, and dates of Coffee Talks for which we do not have electronic copies of the handouts:

Andrew Burton — Working at CEGEP (October 15, 2014, Document updated in 2017)
Cynthia Quarrie — Academic Conferences: The How to Guide (October 24, 2014)
Jeffrey Weingarten and Jesse Arsenault — The PhD Experience (November 13, 2014)
Jeffrey Weingarten — Publishing as a Graduate Student: Articles, Conference Papers, Reviews (January 15, 2015)
Stephanie Bolster — Canada Council and CALQ Writing Grants (February 3, 2015)
Daniel Newman — Here Be Dragons: Preparing for the Pitfalls of the MA and PhD (March 5, 2015)

Creative Thesis and MRP Resources

Creative Thesis

Professor Kate Sterns kindly provided the following resources on the creative thesis, including examples of the short and long form proposals:

A Practical Guide to the Creative Writing Thesis
Guidelines for the Short and Long Form Creative Thesis Proposals
Examples of the Short and Long Form Creative Thesis Proposal 

Major Research Paper


April 15: Students in the first year of the program must submit a Research Essay Proposal (approx. 500 words).  The document must be signed by the supervisor and submitted to the graduate assistant.

 September 15: Students entering the second year of the program must submit an Annotated Bibliography of approximately 3,000 words with 25-30 bibliographic entries. The document must be signed by the supervisor and submitted to the graduate assistant.  The bibliography will be forwarded to the assigned Second Reader who will be invited to provide additional feedback.

March 1: Deadline to submit research essay (approximately 10,000 words) for Spring graduation. A PDF copy and a hard copy that has been approved and signed by the supervisor is submitted to the graduate assistant who will give the latter to the assigned second reader for examination.

June 15: Deadline to submit research essay (approximately 10,000 words) for Fall graduation. A PDF copy and a hard copy that has been approved and signed by the supervisor is submitted to the graduate assistant who will give the latter to the assigned second reader for examination.

Formatting: The Research Essay must be on letter-size paper, 8.5 x 11 inches. It must be double spaced, in a standard font, with a 1 inch left hand margin and a 1 inch margin at the top, bottom and right.

Relevant Documents:

Research Essay Proposal Form
Research Essay Proposal Example
Annotated Bibliography Example