Dissertation & Thesis Preparation

IMPORTANT NOTE: We are not able to do pre-reviews at this time due to the number of theses being submitted for the April 17 deadline. If you are submitting your final thesis, it will be reviewed after you have submitted to cIRcle.
Exception: Doctoral dissertations going out to external examiners that need formatting approval.

APRIL 17 is the deadline for final master's theses and doctoral dissertations to be accepted by the Faculty of Graduate Studies for May graduation. Must be approved and accepted by 4:00 pm.

APRIL 17 is also the deadline for applying to graduate.

Note on terminology: The term "thesis" in this section of the website is used collectively to refer to both master's theses and doctoral dissertations.

Final versions of all UBC theses must be approved by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and must conform to the specifications given here. There are two reasons for this:

  • To comply with the technical requirements of the UBC Library and Library and Archives Canada.
  • To ensure that UBC theses and dissertations are consistent, professional, and of the highest quality.

Following the specifications from the start will make your final submission easy.

Note: If you would like an exception to any of these specifications, please contact the Thesis Section well in advance of your final submission to determine whether or not this is acceptable.

Important: All theses will be freely available electronically through the UBC Library website and the Library and Archives Canada website shortly after submission.

There are several resources to assist with thesis preparation and checking. We recommend you look at the sample thesis:


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