3. Qualifying Period

An applicant may be admitted to a Qualifying period when an assessment of the transcript indicates that the background preparation is inadequate for the proposed course of study, but where the standard of academic performance matches that required for admission to the School of Graduate Studies. Such a situation could arise where 

  1. The student proposes to continue in the same discipline as the undergraduate degree, but the transcript indicates that there is inadequate depth in the number or type of courses taken in that or related disciplines; or
  2. The student is proposing to do a graduate program in a discipline different from her/his  undergraduate degree program, and it is not appropriate to start the graduate program until an academic background in the new discipline is established. 

Students in a Qualifying period are expected to carry a full load of courses (minimum 12 credit hours per term), most of which will of necessity be at the upper undergraduate level. Because the program deficiencies may vary, the duration of the Qualifying period may be of one or two terms. The required courses for the Qualifying period are to be determined in consultation with and approved by the DoGS. The academic performance must be at an acceptable level - - normally a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (B) with no mark below a B-. Normally, students who successfully complete a Qualifying period are admitted as regular graduate students.

In the case of part-time students who must go through a qualifying period, the minimum number of credit hours required per term will be set at an appropriate level by the GAU.

During the Qualifying period, the student does not have regular graduate student status, may not commence research work towards a report or thesis project, and may not receive financial assistance from the School of Graduate Studies. However, the student may receive support from funds available at the GAU level. 

Graduate program credit will not be granted for the required courses taken during the Qualifying period. With the approval of the DoGS and School of Graduate Studies prior to course registration, students may be allowed to take a maximum of 3 credit hours per term of upper undergraduate or graduate level courses in addition to those considered necessary to fill in the required background; transfer credit of these courses to a graduate program may be allowed if they are completed with a minimum grade of B. No more than 6 credit hours may be transferred towards a graduate degree program. Credit towards residence requirements for a graduate degree program will not be granted for time spent as a Qualifying Student. Fees paid during a Qualifying period will not be credited towards the subsequent fees for a graduate degree program.