Title Page

The layout and contents of the title page must appear as shown on the Sample Title Pages. The font need not be the same as in the samples.

Thesis Title

  • give a concise, accurate description of the thesis
  • include key words in the title to make the thesis more easily retrievable in electronic listings
  • if possible, avoid using scientific formulas, Greek letters, symbols, special characters, and abbreviations in your thesis title - write them out as words instead.

Important: Special characters can usually be handled in electronic systems but using them in titles poses limitations for people searching using a regular keyboard, and may affect people’s ability to locate your thesis online. The best way to ensure your thesis can be found with regular searches is to use characters from the Roman alphabet in your title.  

Student Name

  • The name on your thesis must include the one under which you are registered at UBC (your legal name). If you would like to use a different name on your thesis in addition to the name under which you are registered, please put that name in parentheses after your registration name.
  • If you do not wish to use the name under which you are registered, you can change that name through Enrolment Services. You will have to provide documentation of a legal name change.
  • If there are complications with changing your name, please contact graduate.thesis@ubc.ca.
  • Your name must be the same at the top and bottom (with copyright symbol) of the title page.
  • The name you put in cIRcle when you submit the final version of your thesis must be the same as it is on your title page.

Previous Academic Credentials

You may list your previous academic credentials under your name if you wish. If you list them, you must include the following:

  • the name of the credential (e.g. B.Sc.)
  • the full name of the institution
  • the date of graduation

Degree Name

List the name of the degree (e.g. Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Arts)


This must be The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies regardless of your home Faculty. Only the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies can grant your degree.

Program Name

The name of your graduate program must be in parentheses. You can confirm that you are using the correct graduate program name by checking SSC > Course Schedule and Registration > My Program > Specialization Name. Do not put "Department, School, Centre, Institute, College, or Program" on your title page.

If your program name has a sub-specialization, you must include it in the program name on the title page. Example:

(Business Administration - Finance)

If your degree is in Interdisciplinary Studies, so that you will be including the names of more than one discipline, please follow this example:

(Interdisciplinary Studies)

[Psychology / Computer Science / Music]

If your program name is included in the title of your degree, the program name in parentheses under "The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies" is not required.


  • Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture (MASA)
  • Master of Advanced Studies in Landscape Architecture (MASLA)
  • Master of Archival Studies and Library Information Systems (MASLIS)
  • Master of Asia Pacific Policy Studies (MAAPPS)
  • Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)
  • Master of Laws (LLM)
  • Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS)
  • Master of Music (MMus) For this degree, you may put your area of specialization in parentheses if you wish.
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Master of Arts in Planning (MAP)
  • Master of Science in Planning (MScP)
  • Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Master of Science in Business Administration (MScB) For this degree, you may put your area of specialization in parentheses if you wish.

Campus Name

Underneath "The University of British Columbia" you must put the name of your campus, either Vancouver or Okanagan, in parentheses.


For copies for the examination committee:

  • should be the month and year of submission to the committee / external examiner

For final, post-defence submission:

  • must be the month and year of final submission of your defended thesis.

Copyright Symbol

The universal copyright symbol © appears at the foot of the title page, with your name, and the year of final submission. The name must be the same at both the top and the bottom of the title page, and must be the name under which you are registered at UBC. Please be sure to use the © symbol, not the @ symbol.

Creative Commons Licence

If you wish to apply a Creative Commons Licence to your thesis, you may choose a Creative Commons Licence image instead of the copyright symbol. It is your responsibility to understand what rights you are giving others when you use a Creative Commons Licence. You cannot change the CC Licence after submission.