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Defense and deposit deadlines for research students targeting completion before the end of Fall term 2020

Students who wish to complete the final oral defense and the submission ("deposit") of their thesis, major paper, or dissertation within the current Fall term without having to register for next term (Winter term 2021) are advised of the following important dates:

1. December 1st, 2020 - deadline to submit for format checking (Step 1 of the deposit):

  • Students who are targeting completion within the Fall term must submit their document to Graduate Studies for format review no later than December 1st, 2020, to ensure they receive prompt formatting feedback. 

  • Documents may be submitted for format review prior to the defense, provided the document structure has been finalized. 

  • While there is no final oral defense deadline, students are strongly encouraged to schedule their defense date at least a week prior to December 22nd (or even earlier, where possible,) in order to allow for sufficient time after the defense to finalize the document, obtain final committee approval, and complete Steps 2 and 3 of the deposit by December 22nd.

2. December 22nd, 2020 - final deposit deadline  (Steps 2 and 3 of the deposit):

After obtaining format approval, students must complete no later than December 22nd, 2020 the final Steps 2 and 3 of the deposit: uploading finalized PDF document and submitting required forms to Graduate Studies. 

Refer to the step-by-step deposit instructions.

3. Students who complete the deposit after December 22nd must register for Winter term 2021. 

Refer to details about registration requirement and Phase I & Phase II tuition refund deadlines for Winter term 2021.

All upcoming Fall term deadlines are posted on the important dates webpage.