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Thesis and Dissertation Preparation/Formatting


Note on terminology: The term "thesis" in this section of the website is used collectively to refer to both master's theses and doctoral dissertations.

Final versions of all UBC Okanagan theses must be approved by the College of Graduate Studies and must conform to the specifications given here. There are two reasons for this:

  • To comply with the technical requirements of the UBC Library and Library and Archives Canada.
  • To ensure that UBC theses and dissertations are consistent, professional, and of the highest quality.

Following the specifications from the start will make your final submission easy.

Note: If you would like an exception to any of these specifications, please contact Grad Theses (  well in advance of your final submission to determine whether or not this is acceptable.

Important: All theses will be freely available electronically through UBC's Okanagan campus Library website and the Library and Archives Canada website shortly after submission.

There are several resources to assist with thesis preparation and checking.  We recommend you look at the sample thesis:

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