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Timelines and Deadlines

Once your thesis is completed, it usually takes between 7-10 weeks to defend.

Approximate timeline for a Masters from after the thesis is completed, to the final Defense.

  • 2 weeks for committee to read thesis
  • 1-3 days submission of the thesis and paperwork to FGSR (your unit may also require time to approve the thesis)
  • 1-3 days approval of external examiner
  • 2 weeks external examiners reads thesis
  • 2 weeks scheduled the defense (this can be quicker if a tentative date has been set)

Total: 7 weeks approximately

Approximate timeline for a PhD thesis from after the thesis is completed, to the final Defense.

  • 4 weeks for committee to read thesis
  • 1-3 days  submission of the thesis and paperwork to FGSR (your unit may also require time to approve the thesis)
  • 1-3 days  approval of external examiner
  • 4 weeks external examiners reads thesis
  • 2 weeks scheduled the defense (this can be quicker if a tentative date has been set)

Total 10 weeks approximately

You need to be registered when you defend.

We have a table of deadlines, you can use this to count back from when you want to graduate to determine when you need to have your thesis completed.