After extensive consultation with Graduate Council, Deans Advisory Committee, PGSS, the library, and a four-year pilot project, effective immediately, the final submission of theses is now mandatory through e-thesis.
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) will no longer accept paper final thesis submissions. e-Thesis submission pertains only to the submission of the final, corrected copy of the thesis to GPS and does not cover the initial submission.
The benefits of e-thesis submission are widespread and have a positive impact on graduate students, faculty & staff and the McGill Community as a whole.
These advantages include:
- significant cost savings (no printing fees, courier fees, or travel costs)
- submission and approval from anywhere in the world through internet access
- ability to use colour
- capability to collaborate in an e-environment (student and supervisor)
- straightforward and quicker dissemination of the thesis
- support of a "green McGill" (no more printed copies, etc.)
- use of fewer resources
- conforms to "best practices" amongst our peers
Started as a pilot in 2005, the e-thesis project has now reached its final stage with mandatory final submission through e-thesis. Previously, graduating students had the option to submit their final thesis either in paper or electronically by e-thesis. The e-thesis project has been very successful, with 59% Doctoral and 74% Masters graduating students participating as of May 2009 Convocation.
With mandatory final e-thesis submission, McGill can begin to move toward electronic initial thesis submission for review and examination, an enormous advantage for academic staff and graduate students alike.