Students who are registered as part-time are expected to be pursuing their studies on a part-time basis and making commensurate progress. The number of terms of study for a given program is expected to be approximately twice as long as for a full-time student in a comparable program, but progress is expected to be continuous.
Part-time students may not gain financial advantage over full-time students with respect to the overall cost of fees for their program as a function of their part-time status.
Part-time students, normally, may not enroll in more than one half course (3.0 units) per term (excluding thesis registration). An exception to this condition is made when the normal full-time course load in the program is four or more courses per term, in which case a part-time student may take two half courses in a given term.
Students may be admitted as part-time as permitted by the School of Graduate Studies. For such permission to be granted, prior to or at the time of recommending admission, the department/program must submit a formal recommendation containing
- an outline of a viable academic program
- a statement of the minimum and maximum period of registration to be allowed, and
- a statement of the proposed part-time status commitment.
This recommendation for part -time status must be approved before the student may be offered admission.
NOTE: The regulations above apply to any student who is admitted as a part- time student to what is normally a full -time graduate degree program. Part-time Master's degree programs, and/or professional part-time graduate programs (graduate diplomas and/or graduate certificate programs) normally have different regulations about course load and progression through the program.