Unlike the doctoral final oral exams, a master’s defense is conducted according to departmental guidelines. However you must follow UBC’s standard layout and advice when writing your thesis.
Checklists and Guidelines
Before the Defence
- Meet with your supervisory committee by December 1st of your second year to review your progress and to receive permission to continue with your research.
- Check the current calendar for thesis submission deadlines: September, November, February and May completion. UBC has 4 degree conferral dates and 2 ceremony dates.
- Hold a second committee meeting to receive approval from your supervisory committee to write up your thesis
- Prepare your thesis according to the guidelines as specified by Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
- Submit a copy of your thesis to each examiner at least three weeks before the date of your defense
- Your examining committee will comprise of your supervisory committee and one additional member (may be but need not be departmental) as chosen by your supervisor
- Your supervisor will fill out the MSc Exam Committee Approval form and submit it to the Advisor for approval prior to the scheduling of the MSc defense
- Your supervisor is the Exam Chair Person
- You are responsible for arranging the thesis defense date with your examining committee
During the Defense
- You will make a 20 to 30 minute oral presentation of your research
- This will be followed by a question and answer session
- Unlike PhD defenses, MSc defenses are NOT public
After the Defense
- Your examining committee will submit a pass/fail grade to the graduate secretary along with a evaluation of your performance MSc Exam Report.
- You must complete all recommended revisions and obtain committee signatures for the required thesis forms prior to submitting your thesis to the Faculty of Graduate Studies
- You must apply to graduate even if you do not plan to attend the convocation ceremony