On this page
- The title page requires the following elements. (Title, Your Previous Degrees, in partial fulfillment..., your department/school/program and faculty, copyright statement and semester, all rights reserved statement).
- The Title Page spans only one page and requires no page number on the page.
- Ensure there is space between all the elements on the Title Page.
- When using the new template's title page layout, apply the correct style to the various elements (see template instructions) and use the [Shift] + [Enter] (PC) or [Shift] + [Return] (Mac) to end line within elements. Delete any empty paragraphs between elements.
- Please use punctuation as specified in the instructions below.
Title page elements
- The title of the thesis needs to be the same on all documents: the Title Page, signed Approval Page, unsigned Approval page, Non-Exclusive Copyright License.
- Avoid using quotations marks around the title. When necessary, single- or double- quotation marks within a title are permitted.
- Do not include a period after the title.
- Avoid using acronyms in the title when possible. Spell out words fully.
- Type your Firstname Lastname
- Use the same name on all documentation
- These are the degrees you have already earned, and not the current degree for which you are writing your thesis.
- The degree is only abbreviated on the Title Page [B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D., etc.] and not on any other forms/documents. "Masters" or "Doctorate" are not acceptable on any documentation.
- Indicate your most recent degree is first.
- Each degree must fit on one line.
- Use the short-form/abbreviated versions for the actual degrees [B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D., etc.].
- Use punctuation as indicated below (be sure to use periods and commas as indicated)
- If from a foreign university, please consult that institution for the appropriate short-form degree abbreviation.
- The discipline is not necessary (e.g., Communications)--see examples below--leave this out if a degree line becomes 2 lines.
- City/State/Country: This is only needed for universities that stipulate these in their names--if there is punctuation, put these in brackets--but, if the line becomes 2 lines, leave this out.
- Only include country if there is a university with the same name in another country.
- Spell out the institution.
M.Sc., Name of University, YEAR
M.A., Name of University (City or State--only if necessary), YEAR
B.A., University of California (Berkeley), 2009
M.Sc., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2000
M.A. (Communication), Simon Fraser University, 2004
- This element appears on 3 lines
- A Master of Arts or Science, etc.--singular--(not Masters)
- See Is my thesis classified as a Thesis, Dissertation, Extended Essays, Project, or Capstone?
Research Project Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the
Extended Essays Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the
Thesis Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the
- include on 3 lines as in format and examples below
- state both the department, school, or Program and the Faculty
- single-spaced or 1.5" line-spacing
- use the correct Department, School, Program and Faculty names--check the Academic Calendar and see below for examples.
- Degrees by Special Arrangement with the Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Fellows will follow a different format: contact the Assistant for Theses for help.
Format (3 lines):
NB. Program or department names should be written out in full, without abbreviations.
- Use 1.5" line-spacing
- Rather than the semester in which you defended, semester (as below) refers to the semester in which you hand in your thesis to the Library.
- The year is needed both beside your name (for the copyright) and beside the semester. The format and an example follow:
Format (use 1.5" line-spacing please) :
The Library's template includes the following statement on the title page. Single-spaced, 10pt font-size. To copy from below, select the text, press [Ctrl + c] and paste it into your document ([Ctrl + v]). Indent left and right 0.5".
|All rights reserved.
However, in accordance with the Copyright Act of Canada, this work may be
reproduced, without authorization, under the conditions for "Fair Dealing."
Therefore, limited reproduction of this work for the purposes of private study,
research, criticism, review and news reporting is likely to be
in accordance with the law, particularly if cited appropriately.
Some students prefer using the Creative Common licences. Two of these are appropriate for theses.
This work is licensed under the Creative Commons
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
This work is licensed under the Creative Commons
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
- Extended Essays: Sample title page for Extended Essays
- Project: Sample title page for a Project
- Master's Thesis: Sample title page for a Master's Thesis
- Ph.d. Thesis: Sample title page for a Ph.D. Thesis
- Dissertation: Sample title page for a Dissertation