Finishing Up & Final Oral Examination (FOE)
Note: The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) is temporarily requiring that every doctoral final oral examination (FOE) be held remotely and is providing accommodations to enable this. SGS and the Registrar's Office & Student Experience (ROSE) remain committed to providing the best possible experience for candidates while ensuring that each candidate and the members of the examining committee remain safe and healthy. In line with the guidance from SGS, ROSE is implementing temporary changes to procedures so all FOEs can be held remotely.
General Information & Procedures (Doctoral FOEs & Program Completion)
All doctoral theses at the University of Toronto must be defended at a Final Oral Examination (FOE). The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) sets the Guidelines for the Doctoral Final Oral Examination (FOEs); OISE and the OISE Registrar's Office & Student Experience (ROSE) must follow these guidelines; OISE deadline dates are set to ensure SGS deadlines are met.
Temporary Procedures for Remote Final Oral Examination
Unless otherwise specified, all rules and approval processes regarding FOEs remain in effect (these are summarized in General Information & Procedures (Doctoral FOEs & Program Completion)). In line with the guidance from SGS, the OISE Registrar's Office & Student Experience (ROSE) is temporarily implementing the following changes to the usual FOE procedures for OISE students, until further notice.
Advice to Candidates Defending Remotely
The overwhelming majority of remote FOEs for OISE candidates have been smooth and successful. Based in part on feedback from previous candidates, we offer the following advice.
General Instructions for Remote Final Oral Examination Participation
The OISE Registrar's Office & Student Experience (ROSE) will send instructions (including authentication credentials) for participating in a specific FOE to all participants by email.
OISE uses Zoom for both video and telephone conferencing (the software supports a mix of video and telephone participants). All participants are to join the FOE five minutes early. Recording the FOE is strictly prohibited. Whether joining by video or telephone, refer to this Meeting ID:
Meeting ID: [to be provided to participants by ROSE in advance of the FOE]
Video participants must also use this password:
(not required for telephone participants). If copying and pasting the above credentials, please avoid including space characters. Alternatively, a Zoom link will be provided closer to the FOE.
To reduce extraneous sounds, all participants are encouraged to mute their microphone when it is not their turn to speak.
Formal Guidelines (Including OISE-Specific APA Thesis Styles & Formatting)
Thesis/Final Oral Examinations
The guidelines date from before the pandemic and may not include temporary changes to procedures arising from it. Learn about Temporary Procedures for Remote Final Oral Examination.
- OISE Thesis Guidelines
- Masters and Doctoral
- OISE Doctoral Final Oral Exam Guidelines
- SGS Guidelines for the Doctoral Final Oral Examination
Thesis Styles & Formatting
APA specific guidelines and templates written by faculty in LHAE to coincide with the release of the new APA Publication Manual 7th edition. Most publishing by OISE students uses APA guidelines, however in the past the only format guidelines and templates were those available through SGS. Please check with your thesis supervisor as some professors may want different formatting.
University of Toronto Doctoral Examination Schedule
SGS maintains an online examination schedule.