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Doctoral thesis submission

First Submission

  • Students submit an electronic copy of their thesis to in PDF/a format (archival PDF) and a WORD version of their ABSTRACT along with a completed Theses Non Exclusive License form and a Doctoral/Master's Thesis Submission form and a copy of the student's CV.
    • Adobe Acrobat Pro is available at the Library if you do not have the software.
  • The Thesis Office will email the student a checklist advising of corrections, if any, required to the thesis format for the final submission.
  • If a paper copy is required by any examination committee member, the student will be notified.
  • For format information; please refer to the Thesis Preparation Guide and sample pages.
  • The examination date must be set a minimum of 6 weeks from receipt of the thesis and the Doctoral Thesis Examination Committee Form submitted by the student’s program.
    • NOTE: In the case of Engineering & Computer Science, SGS recommends submitting the forms 8 weeks in advance, as it must also be approved by the Associate Dean of Research, Engineering & Computer Science.
  • First submission deadlines are:
    • February 11 for Spring Convocation
    • July 14 for Fall Convocation

Final Submission

  • The final thesis deposit must be made through the Library Repository, Spectrum.
  • The thesis must be in PDF/a format (archival PDF). For information on how to deposit theses, students must log on to Spectrum using their portal name and password. Follow instructions using the HELP button.
  • If the thesis is not properly formatted, it will be returned for correction. The student will only be processed for graduation when all corrections are completed and thesis successfully deposited.
    • NOTE: The signature page, without signatures, must be included in the thesis as the second page. The examiners' names must be typed.
  • Paper copies are not required by the Thesis Office; however, students should check if their department has requirements for bound paper copies. 
  • Students are encouraged to submit before these dates to facilitate graduation.
  • Final submission deadlines are:
    • April 1 for Spring Convocation
    • September 1 for Fall Convocation

Students must apply to graduate by January 15 for Spring Convocation and by July 15 for Fall Convocation

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