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Formatting your thesis: Title page

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Specifications

  • The title page requires the following elements.
    • Title
    • Author's name
    • Previous degrees 
    • "in partial fulfillment..." 
    • Department/school/program and faculty
    • Copyright statement and term submitted
    • All rights reserved statement
  • No page number should appear on the title page.
  • The title page is preformatted in the library's template files.
  • Use [Shift-Enter] to insert a line break within an element, e.g. to add previous undergraduate degrees.
  • Ensure there is space between all the elements on the title page.Use punctuation as indicated below.

Title page elements

1. Title

  • 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 quotation 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; spell out terms fully when possible.

2. Author

  • Type your Firstname Lastname
  • Use the same name on all documentation

3. Previous degree(s)

  • List previous degrees in descending chronological order.
  • Each degree must fit on one line. Use abbreviations and punctuation for the degree as shown below.
  • The discipline of previous degrees may be added in brackets if there is space.
  • Write out the full names of institutions, eg: University of the Fraser Valley
  • City/State/Country must be added when part of the institution's name, eg: University of California, Irvine

Format

M.Sc., Name of University, YEAR
B.Sc., Name of University, YEAR

M.A., Name of University (City or State--only if necessary), YEAR
B.A. (Hons.), Name of University, YEAR

Examples:

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2009

M.Sc., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2000
B.Sc., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1997

M.A. (Communication), Simon Fraser University, 2004
B.A.Sc. (Hons., Communication), Simon Fraser University, 1995

 

4. "...in partial fulfillment..." element

Examples:

Project Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the
 Requirements for the Degree of
Master of Urban Studies


Dissertation Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the
Requirements for the Degree of
Doctor of Education


Project Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the
Requirements for the Degree of
Master of Arts

Extended Essays Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the
Requirements for the Degree of
Master of Arts 

Thesis Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the
Requirements for the Degree of
Doctor of Philosophy

 

5. Department, school, or program and faculty

  • 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):

in the
Department, School, or Program
Faculty

Program or department names should be written out in full, without abbreviations.

Selected Examples:

Faculty of Applied Sciences

in the
School of Computing Science
Faculty of Applied Sciences

in the
School of Engineering Science
Faculty of Applied Sciences

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

in the
Department of Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

in the
Graduate Liberal Studies Program
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

in the
Latin American Studies Program
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

in the
School of Public Policy
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

in the
Urban Studies Program
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Beedie School of Business

in the
Segal Graduate School
Beedie School of Business

Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology

in the
Publishing Program
Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology

in the
School for the Contemporary Arts
Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology

in the
School of Communication
Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology

in the
School of Communication (Dual Degree Program in Global Communication)
Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology

in the
School of Interactive Arts and Technology
Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology

Faculty of Education

in the
Individual Program Name*
Faculty of Education

* Faculty of Education graduate students: see Doctoral Degrees or Master's Degrees for the wording of program names.

Faculty of Environment

in the
Department of Geography
Faculty of Environment

Faculty of Health Sciences

in the
Doctor of Philosophy Program
Faculty of Health Sciences

in the
Master of Public Health Program
Faculty of Health Sciences

in the
Master of Science Program
Faculty of Health Sciences

Faculty of Science

in the
Department of Mathematics
Faculty of Science

in the
Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science
Faculty of Science

 

  • Use the term in which you submit your thesis; this may be later than the term of the defence.
  • The year must appear beside your name (for the copyright) and beside the term. The format and an example follow:

Format (use 1.5 line spacing please) :
© Your Name YEAR
Simon Fraser University
Term YEAR

Example:
© Luther Blissett 2015
Simon Fraser University
Fall 2015

 

7. All Rights Reserved statement

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, education, satire, parody, criticism, review and news reporting is likely to be
in accordance with the law, particularly if cited appropriately.

 

If you prefer to use a Creative Commons license, the following two are recommended: 

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/)

 

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Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/)

 

Sample Title Pages