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
  • avoid using scientific formulas, Greek letters, symbols, and abbreviations in thesis titles - write them out as words instead, as symbols often cannot be handled in electronic systems. Most diacritics are okay, but please avoid ligatures.

Student Name

  • should normally be the one under which you are registered at UBC. If you would like to use a different name on your thesis, please let us know.
  • must be the same at the top and bottom (with copyright symbol) of the 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 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.