MSc Thesis Defense

Expectations for a Master's of Science degree in Veterinary Medical Sciences

Prior to writing up an MSc thesis, permission must be obtained from the student's supervisory committee. Student is required to submit minutes signed by all committee members supporting the write up.

Expectations for a Master's of Science degree in Veterinary Medical Sciences

It is recommend that you give yourself at least 2 - 3 months' time to prepare everything for the exam.

Information to put together the Notice of Examination needs to be received by the Office of Graduate Education at least 6 weeks before the exam. Please note that the completed and signed Notice must be submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at least 4 weeks before the exam.

Required Information for the Office of Graduate Education (to be submitted at least 6 weeks before the examination):

  1. Final Thesis Title, the way it will appear on your final thesis (upper and lower cases must be included if in the title)
  2. Date and Time of Examination
  3. Place of Examination (Please contact the VMS Graduate Program Administrator to book the examination room)
  4. Examining committee members; this includes your supervisor, supervisory committee and one internal/external examiner. This examiner can be internal to the University of Calgary, but must be external to UCVM. This examiner must be a qualified expert on the thesis topic, must not have any conflict of interest ( with the student or any of the examination committee members, and must be approved by the FGS. In general, the internal/external examiners must have supervised and examined students of at least the level they are asked to examine.  

An unbound final version of the thesis must reach the examiners at least three weeks prior to the thesis examination. This must, in the case of the external examiner, take into consideration delays in mailing if that is the preferred method of delivery.

The thesis guidelines can be found at:

Templates for the written thesis can be found at:

Following the Examination, members of the examining committee approve the thesis, as attested by their signature on the approval form and the Report of Final Examination form. It is the responsibility of the student to have the approval sheet(s) ready for the examiners.

At least two copies of the approval sheet must bear original signatures.

Once revisions to the thesis have been completed and approved by the examining committee the thesis needs to be uploaded to the online thesis bank, the Vault ( ), and the forms need to be submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies in MLT 2nd floor. Students will be assessed continuing fees until they have obtained approval to print and bind their thesis and are cleared to convocate by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Detailed information on Thesis Preparation and Submission can be found at:

All forms for Thesis Submission can be found at:

All students are reminded to apply for convocation on line through their Student Centre. For more information on Convocation please link to