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Graduate Studies General Regulations Requirements for Degree Programs


Requirements for Degree Programs
The minimum requirements for the various degree programs are listed below. Departments/programs which have requirements in addition to these minimal specify them in their particular departmental/program calendar entry, and/or in other departmental/program documents. 
Master's Degree Programs
The requirements for the master's program, as set out by the graduate department or program, must be completed satisfactorily within five years of initial registration in the program. It should be noted that the specified time to completion is a time LIMIT and is not indicative of normal program duration.
Master's students registering in a full-time program must pay full-time fees for the duration of their program. The only exception is when personal family or health circumstances prevent continuation as a full-time student.
 
There are master's programs that are designed to be part-time programs. They are in Education (Part-time M.Ed.) and Policy Studies (Professional MPA and Professional MIR). The requirements and variations in admission standards are described in detail in the calendar sections for these programs.
 
Departments/programs may recommend acceptance of students specifically as part-time students throughout their program. Before acceptance, the Department/Program will provide to the School of Graduate Studies a detailed program of study proposal for each student lasting for not less than six terms of active study. The part-time student will normally register for no more than one half course, or its equivalent, per term.   See the general regulation Part time.
 
In cases where a student, seeking initial acceptance into a master's program as a part-time student, intends to complete the program with a registration pattern including one or more subsequent terms of full-time registration, the Department/Program must, before acceptance, provide a detailed program proposal for approval of the School of Graduate Studies.
 
 
Master's Degrees Patterns (for all departments/programs except those in Engineering and Applied Science):
 
PATTERN I
a. Courses: Two session-length or four term-length graduate courses. Selection of courses is subject to departmental/program approval. The student must obtain satisfactory standings in the courses (see Course Work Requirements).
The student must prepare a satisfactory thesis and successfully defend it (see General Regulations  Research and Thesis).
NOTE: In some departments/programs the make-up of a program may differ from the above (e.g. more coursework and a shorter thesis).
PATTERN II
a. Courses: Four session-length or eight term-length graduate courses. Selection of courses is subject to departmental approval. The student must obtain satisfactory standings in the courses (see Course Work Requirements).
b. Project or Essay: A project with report or a master's essay prepared under direction. In either case, the work may be submitted to an examining committee for approval. In some departments/programs the student may be required to defend the report before an examining board.
 
 
PATTERN III
a. Courses: A minimum of four session-length or eight term-length graduate courses. Some Master's programs require more than four session length or eight term length graduate courses.   Selection of courses is subject to departmental/program approval. The student must obtain satisfactory standings in the courses (see Course Work Requirements).
b. Other requirements (if any): Some departments/programs have requirements in addition to courses, as outlined by the Department/Program.
 
Master's Degrees Patterns for all departments/programs in Engineering and Applied Science:
 
1. Research Master's Degree -M.A.Sc. (Master of Applied Science):
a. Courses: A minimum of four term-length graduate courses (or approved equivalent). Some departments/programs require more than four term- length graduate courses (or approved equivalent) to complete this pattern. Selection of courses is subject to departmental/program, and in some instances, School of Graduate Studies, approval. The student must obtain satisfactory standings in the courses (see Course Work Requirements).
b. Research and Thesis: The student must prepare a satisfactory thesis and successfully defend it  (see General Regulations Research and Thesis).
c. Other requirements (if any): Some departments/programs have additional requirements, as outlined by the Department/Program.
 
Note: Students who choose the Research Master's Degree pattern in the departments in Engineering and Applied Science, enrol in and receive the degree of Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.).
 
2. Coursework Master's Degree (M.Eng.):  
a. Courses: A minimum of eight term-length graduate courses (or approved equivalent). Some departments/programs require more than eight term-length graduate courses (or approved equivalent) to complete this pattern. Selection of courses is subject to departmental/program, and in some instances, School of Graduate Studies, approval. The student must obtain satisfactory standings in the courses (see Course Work Requirements).
b. Project: A project prepared under direction. In some departments the student may be required to defend the project before an examining board.  
 
In some departments the make-up of a program may differ from a + b above (e.g. 9 term courses and no project).
 
c. Other requirements (if any): Some departments/programs have additional requirements, as outlined by the Department/Program.
 
Note: Students who choose the Coursework Master's Degree pattern in the departments/programs in Engineering and Applied Science, enrol in and receive the degree of Master of Engineering (M.Eng.).
 
Not all departments offer the Coursework Master's Degree pattern.
Doctoral Degree Programs
The requirements of doctoral programs, as set out by the departments or graduate programs, must be completed satisfactorily within seven years of initial registration in the program. It should be noted that the specified time to completion is a time LIMIT and is not indicative of normal program duration.
 
Departments/Programs offer only one pattern of study for the doctoral degree in which research is the major requirement.
 
The requirements of doctoral programs are:
 
a. Courses The number of courses prescribed depends on the student's background in relation to the chosen field of study and on the departmental /program requirements. (See Course Work Requirements.)
 
b. Research and Thesis The research and thesis will normally take up at least two-thirds of the student's full-time study requirement. The student must pursue original academic concepts in the field of study and be able to defend the subsequent presentation of them in the thesis, and at an oral thesis examination. (See General Regulations Research and Thesis).
 
c. Comprehensive/Qualifying Examination All doctoral students must meet the requirements for the Comprehensive/Qualifying Examination in their department /program during the course of their studies. See Comprehensive/Qualifying Examination Requirement.
 
d. Language Some departments/programs may require the student to obtain a reading knowledge in one or two languages other than English. This requirement must be fulfilled one year before submitting the thesis. See Additional Language Requirement
 
e. Registration status Doctoral students registering in a full-time program must pay full-time fees for the duration of their program.  The only exception is when personal family or health circumstances prevent continuation as a full-time student.
 
Departments/programs may recommend acceptance of students specifically as part-time students throughout their doctoral program. Before acceptance, the Department/Program will recommend, for approval by the School of Graduate Studies, a detailed program of study proposal for each student lasting for not less than six terms of active study. The part-time student will normally register for no more than one half course, or its equivalent, per term.  See the general regulation Part time.
 
For information on transfers from full-time to part-time status see Transfers from Full-time to Part-time status
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