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Is my document classified as a thesis, project, or extended essays?

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Beginning Fall 2020:

For Summer 2020 submissions:

  • The Library will accept either the signed & unsigned Approval Page and Supervisor Revision memo OR the ResultsApproval, & Degree Recommendation (RAD).
  • For further assistance, please contact the Assistant for Theses:


Doctoral degrees

Doctoral submissions are always designated as a thesis. The term ‘dissertation’ is not officially used for SFU doctoral submissions, as per Graduate General Regulation 1.7.5.

Master's degrees

A master’s degree capstone submission is classified as a thesis, project, or extended essay(s) according to Graduate General Regulation 1.7.2.  

Students are responsible for entering their graduating course number in the Thesis Registration System, and for entering the correct capstone type on the title page of the document. Consult your department's graduate program assistant to check the course number and capstone type.