Please note that your School of Graduate Studies degree requirements are considered complete when one electronic copy of the thesis, revised as directed by your defence examining committee, is submitted to the School of Graduate Studies through the E-Thesis Submission module in MacSphere.
If you have not already done so, please submit the following forms to the School of Graduate Studies, Gilmour Hall Room 212, attention Thesis Coordinator. Your final submission will not be considered complete without this documentation.
If you responded 'Yes' to the above requirements, you are ready to submit to your thesis.
Links to e-Theses in MacSphere are available through a variety of tools. The contents of MacSphere are Google indexed, bringing McMaster scholarship to the attention of a broad range of users. Automated tools will continue to integrate e-theses with other print and electronic library resources in both the local catalogue and integrated catalogues, such as WorldCat.
Theses in physical formats have historically been low-use library materials. On the other hand, digitized theses are receiving higher usage. Site statistics for theses currently available in McMaster's MacSphere show several each month are downloaded more than 100 times and many others have multiple downloads.
Embargoed status is intended to protect rights for immediate commercial publication, to obtain a patent which may rise from the research, or as a result of any contract made with a third party. The student may request a postponement of digital publication for up to one year at the time of thesis submission to MacSphere – all such requests are automatically granted. Students who would like to extend this initial period of postponement must apply to the Thesis Coordinator who will forward the request to the Associate Vice-President & Dean of Graduate Studies for determination of whether further publication postponement is warranted. This request must include a full description of why the additional delay is requested and what steps have been taken to address the issues that required the initial delay. No delay of publication more than 2 years from the initial submission will be permitted.
Please note that you and your supervisor must both sign the delay of publication area on your Final Thesis Submission Sheet. For more information, consult the School of Graduate Studies Calendar.
Any questions regarding your final submission, please e-mail:
Thesis Defence Coordinator
School of Graduate Studies
Gilmour Hall, Room 212