8. Degree Residency Requirements: Full-Time & Part-Time

In general, a period of full-time enrolment is considered to be highly desirable in order that students may benefit from close association with faculty members and other graduate students working in their field of study. In addition to full time enrolment, some GAUs have a residence requirement—that is, a minimum time when the student must be physically present on campus.  Students should consult the specific GAU to which they are applying regarding any residency requirement that may be involved. 

8. (A)    PhD Degree (Full-time): 

  • (a) For a student with a relevant Bachelor's degree, the minimum full time enrolment period  is 8 terms, 6 of which must be during the Fall and Winter terms. 
  • (b) For a student with a relevant Master's degree, the minimum full time enrolment period  is 5 terms, 4 of which must be during the Fall and Winter terms. 

8. (B)   Master’s Degree (Full-time)

  • (a) For a Master's degree, the minimum full time enrolment period is two terms. 

NOTE: MASTER’S AND PHD: Proposals for all individual study programs which involve full-time study at the University for a total period less than that specified in the formal full time enrolment period   requirement for the degree will be considered on their merits by the Dean.  Such proposals are NORMALLY submitted by the GAU concerned at the time of admission to the degree program. Proposals to undertake the research project off-campus must include adequate assurances that proper supervision will be achieved. 

With the consent of the School and the GAU concerned, a candidate for the PhD may be granted up to a year's full time enrolment credit for doctoral research conducted at another recognized research centre provided that such a program is felt to be academically desirable and that this occurs on a pre-approval basis. 

8. (C)  Part-time

It is recognized that the work for the degree can, in certain circumstances, be completed effectively either partially or completely on a part-time basis. In such cases, the formal part-time enrolment requirement may be satisfied by taking individual courses over a period of several years or by undertaking the research project off-campus but under the supervision of a faculty member. 

The research requirements of a PhD program normally require full-time attendance at the University. In exceptional circumstances, the PhD may be completed on a part-time basis. Such permission requires that a number of conditions be met (see below).  

Part-time students may not register for more than two courses per term. (For this purpose the thesis and report [699X] are not counted as courses.) Note: Individual GAUs may have more restrictive regulations and students are advised to consult the appropriate sections of the Calendar and their Director of Graduate Studies. 

8. (D)   Master's Degree (Part-Time) 

The course/thesis requirements for the GAU involved must be satisfied. In the faculties of Arts and Kinesiology and in the Science/Applied Science areas a study proposal must be submitted with the application. The study proposal must outline the time frame for the completion of the degree requirements and must have the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies of the GAU. 

8. (E)   PhD Degree (Part-Time) 

The research requirements for the PhD program normally demand full-time attendance at the University. In exceptional circumstances, the PhD may be completed on a part-time basis. In order to be admitted to the PhD (Part-Time), the following conditions must be met: 

  • (a) The student must indicate clearly what commitment in time and effort will be made towards the completion of the degree. It is the student's responsibility to make any arrangements necessary to meet the degree requirements of the University (e.g., attendance at courses, seminars, etc.). 
  • (b) The research program to be followed must be defined clearly and the location where the research is to be conducted must be clearly stated.
  • (c) The supervisory committee must be established prior to the approval of the program and the admission of the candidate. The committee will include a second faculty member familiar with the area of the proposed research who is willing to act as supervisor in the event of the loss to the University of the original supervisor.
  • (d) The committee, the program and the student must receive the approval of the GAU concerned.
  • (e) The regular 7-year time limit for the completion of the degree will apply.

Transfer of Status: Students who are taking a degree program by part-time study may transfer to full-time status with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies in their GAU and the Dean of Graduate Studies or designate. 

Full-time students who have completed their residency requirements may transfer from full-time to parttime status with the approval of the DoGs in their GAU and the Dean of Graduate Studies or designate.

Full-time students who have not completed their residency requirements may transfer to part-time status only upon the recommendation of their Director of Graduate Studies and the approval of the Dean of the   School of Graduate Studies or designate. Students should refer to the SGS website for information on the fees applicable to full and part-time registration.