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How to schedule and submit a PhD defense


Since the approval of PhD external examiner, the submission of the dissertation, and the oral defense of the dissertation all happen in succession, you will need roughly 9 weeks total to complete this process.

  • 2 weeks to establish your external examiner and submit the initial paperwork to the Graduate Studies Coordinator, who will require an additional two weeks for the approvals of the department and of the faculty
  • 25 full business days (5 weeks) for your thesis to be on display prior to the date of your defense. It is during this period that your committee will read your thesis.

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In order to receive a PhD degree you must complete all of your program's degree requirements. For a complete list of your program's degree requirements you should consult the Graduate Academic Calendar for the term in which you were admitted.

Note: Collaborative programs have different degree requirements than the regular MASc program.

If you have any questions regarding the degree completion process, you should contact the Administrative Coordinator.