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The principal contact for the PhD defense is MGO at Ext. 33294 or by email.

External Examiner approval

Before contacting a proposed External Examiner (EE), the supervisor must provide a CV/biographical details and discuss the choice of EE with the Director of Graduate Studies and also receive direction from the Associate Dean regarding the appropriateness of approaching the proposed EE.  If the EE is pre-approved by the Associate Dean, the supervisor can contact the proposed EE informally to seek information about willingness to serve. 

Director of Graduate Studies:  cs.graddir@uwaterloo.ca

The Associate Dean: mathadg@uwaterloo.ca

For details see: 

Math Graduate Office 

Graduate Calendar 

Arranging PhD defense announcement and room booking:

The defense can be publicly announced and a room booked by emailing Paula Roser Please provide plenty of notice for the booking especially if the defense will be held in the fall term.

Post defense procedures:

Candidate should allow at least 2 weeks after the defense for possible revisions and formatting review in order to meet the required deadline.  By the deadline, all requirements must be met, all paperwork received by the GSO, and official deposit of the thesis completed.

For completion and convocation deadlines, please refer to Preparing to graduate: Timelines

Please also see PhD thesis procedures


NOTE: A spring term defense must not be arranged for the last 2 weeks of August due to the difficulty of finding a defense Chair in this typical vacation period.  The end of the fall term may also be problematic due to the holiday closure from the Christmas holiday to New Year’s. This university closure cannot be counted towards the required 6-week display period.