Completing Your Degree

A student is ready to graduate when s/he has taken all required courses, successfully defended the research project, and after final corrections have been made, the 699 has been released by their supervisor to be submitted to the library.

MRM students need the following credits to graduate:
Required Courses
REM 601, REM 611, REM 621, REM 631, one of REM 642 or 644, REM 698 (field trip), REM 699 (thesis course), and REM 801
Electives: A minimum of 4 graduate courses with a minimum of 18 total credit hours. Most REM courses are 5 credit hours. Many SFU courses only award 3 credit hours.

Planning Stream students need the following credits to graduate:
Required Courses
REM 601, REM 602, REM 611, REM 621, REM 631, REM 641, REM 642, REM 643, REM 698 (field trip), REM 699 (thesis course), and REM 801
Electives: Planning students only need 1 elective graduate course in addition to the required courses.

Ph.D. students need the following courses to graduate:
REM 611, REM 621, REM 644, and REM 802

Getting ready for the MRM defense
Students wanting to graduate should contact the REM office 3-4 weeks prior to their defense. The Graduate Program Assistant will check if the student has taken all required courses, has a supervisory committee filed with the Dean of Graduate Studies, and schedule the defense with the Dean’s office. Any approvals from the Office of Research Ethics and (or) the Animal Care Office including e-mails should be forwarded to the REM office before scheduling the defense. The defense will be advertised one week in advance.

Required forms for MRM students
Scheduling of Defense (generated by the REM office)
Approval of Supervisory Committee
Change of Supervisory Committee (for students that have already completed the Approval of Supervisory Committee form)
Recommendation of Award of Degree (generated by the REM office)
Defense Results Form (generated by the REM office)
Senior Supervisor memo (generated by the REM office)
Approval Pages (generated by the student)
Non-Exclusive License (insert into printed thesis)
SFU Ethics Statement (insert into printed thesis only if ethics approval was required for research)

Getting ready for the Ph.D. defense
The defense timeline for Ph.D. students is set by the Dean of Graduate Studies and is not flexible. Students should initiate the process no later than 8-9 weeks before the planned date of defense. Follow this timeline for completing your Ph.D.

Library Resources
SFU Thesis
Library Forms
Library Checklist for Thesis Submission (Last Steps)

Convocation