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Degree Completion

For General Information

The "Degree Completion" website under Students on the Graduate School website is your best and most complete resource for completion. Visit this website for information regarding thesis formatting, templates, procedures and committee composition. 

PhD in Environmental Studies - coming soon


Master's of Environmental Studies -

The Master's Oral Defense Form is at this link.  Please complete the form, print off the first page, get signatures and deliver to Karen Topping Rm 3132 Biosciences on the day you distribute your thesis copies to your committee.  Email the complete form to Karen as the last two pages are needed by the Chair of your defense.

The Course-based Completion Form (Pattern II) is located at this link .  Please return the completed form to Karen Topping for submission to Grad School.

Promotion from MES to PhD

Instructions are found at for students interested in promoting from the MES degree to the PhD in Environmental Studies.

Which Degree Are You Taking?

Click on the following links for more detailed information regarding each degree.

Information for Staff and Faculty

Course-based MES and research-based MES degree completion requirements differ. The authoritative site for information about degree completion is Queen's School of Graduate Studies.

Note: Research-based master's students who have their thesis examination scheduled for September must register for that year's academic session by following the deadlines for electronic registration via SOLUS.  The same applies to course-based MES students who have marks outstanding in September. For specific instructions on how to proceed, go to the SGS website.

Students finishing at the beginning of a semester should also review the information from Graduate School about times to complete and tuition payments.

Additional Resources

*Updated* General Forms of Theses - All graduate theses or dissertations MUST conform to the minimum style and form requirements as detailed in the General Forms of Theses.  The School of Graduate Studies acknowledges that students write using a variety of word processors and editors. For this reason, SGS does not stipulate the use of any particular authoring format in the creation of theses and dissertations. However, there are a couple of templates that have been designed to assist students in formatting their theses according to the Thesis Formatting and Preparation guidelines.

Please note – Queen’s also has a new policy on copyright. For details go to Queen's News centre at:

A non-credit course on the principles of academic writing (SGS 801) is offered via the School of Graduate Studies.  In addition, it may be possible to set up a thesis-writing workshop with the Writing Centre, if sufficient demand exists. Please speak to the graduate chair about this option. Writing Tips.

Morag Coyne, librarian for the Biology, Environmental Studies, Geology and Geological Engineering departments offers assistance with RefWorks and other library resources that may assist you in your research and writing. Ms. Coyne has a regular presence in Biosciences Complex.

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