Thesis Defence Guidelines

Spring 2017

Library Thesis Submission deadline: 4PM, April 28, 2017

Refer to the Thesis Assistance website for important instructions pertaining to your thesis. If your thesis is not approved by the Theses Assistant, your graduation will be delayed.

MA Thesis Defence Guidelines

The defence date should be set at least three weeks, or preferably, four weeks before the thesis submission deadline, to provide enough time for possible required revisions to the thesis.

Four (4) weeks prior to defence

Student to ask Supervisor to e-mail the following to intst@sfu.ca:
1. date and time of the defence (two to three alternate dates for room booking)
2. confirmation that the thesis is ready to be defended
3. names, titles and departments of all examining committee members
4. CV of the external examiner if s/he is not from SFU
5. external examiner's full name, rank, department, institution, full address, phone number, e-mail, and whether this person will be examining in person, in absentia, or via Skype

Student to e-mail the following information to intst@sfu.ca:
1. AV equipment needs (i.e. internet access, projector, screen, computer, if you are not bringing your own)
2. copy of the Research Ethics Approval issued by Office of Research Ethics (ORE), if applicable
3. title and abstract of thesis

Students are to remind supervisors to e-mail the thesis to members of the Examining Committee well in advance. MA candidates are not permitted to contact the internal or external examiners.

The Graduate Secretary will prepare defence documents (e.g. Approval of the Examining Committee form; thesis approval page), obtain signatures and forward them to the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies (DGS). The defence information will also be added to DGS Defence calendar.

One (1) week prior to defence

1. Proofread and email complete thesis booklet provided by the Graduate Secretary.
2. Confirm information on thesis approval page.

Post defence

1. Ask supervisor to confirm, by e-mail that the student has completed all required revisions.
2. Review thesis submission instructions and submit to the Library by the posted deadline.