Here are the steps you need to take for your thesis:
Student meets regularly with the supervisor and supervisory committee to monitor progress.
Note: Progress reports are not required for the student’s file in Research and Graduate Studies, but copies sent for information are accepted.
No later than the beginning of the final semester of the program
Program coordinator approves thesis proposal and files it with Research and Graduate Studies.
Form: Thesis proposal approval
Requirements: PDF of proposal | PDF of thesis abstract
At least three months prior to the proposed defence date
Supervisor identifies an external examiner for approval by Research and Graduate Studies.
Program coordinator formally invites proposed external and sends him/her a copy of the thesis and the External Examiner’s Report form.
Program coordinator submits completed External Examiner Nomination form and forwards the original with a copy of the proposed external examiner’s CV to Research and Graduate Studies.
External examiner confirms participation in defence.
Program coordinator forwards confirmation of defence participation to Research and Graduate Studies.
Note: The defence date is not confirmed until the external examiner returns the report and validates that the thesis is ready to defend.
Program coordinator submits Request for Thesis Defence form to Research and Graduate Studies.
Requirements: CV of proposed external | Sample memo available
At least six weeks prior to the defence
The thesis is approved by the supervisory committee and circulated to the external examiner.
Program coordinator sends PDF of thesis to external examiner with External Examiner’s Report form. Copies of correspondence are sent to Research and Graduate Studies.
Requirement: PDF of thesis (final draft)
At least two weeks prior to the defence
The thesis is approved by the external examiner.
External examiner returns report and defence date can be confirmed.
Form: External Examiner Report
At least one week prior to the defence
Research and Graduate Studies announces defence, campus-wide.
The examining committee assesses the thesis and its defence.
Program coordinator brings a copy of the Thesis Defence Report form to be completed by all committee members and according to instructions. Form is submitted to Research and Graduate Studies after all approvals are in place.
Form: Thesis Defence Report
Following the defence
Program coordinator ensures all closing documents, including any printed copies of the thesis for binding, be submitted as a package to Research and Graduate Studies in a timely fashion, along with a PDF version of the final thesis.
Note: An official request must be made to Research and Graduate Studies for any bound copies; the cost for binding is paid for by either the student or the individual program.
Program coordinator ensures all closing forms are complete and forwarded to Research and Graduate Studies in a timely fashion.
Requirements: PDF of final thesis | Hard copies of final thesis for binding