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The School of Graduate Studies requires the Annual Progress Report to be completed by each student every year. Forms should be reviewed by each committee member, signed by the Director of Graduate Studies and be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator prior to Dec. 1.

Graduate student funding is at the discretion of the supervisor, not all students are funded, or funded the same. To inquire if funding is available, contact your supervisor.

If you have any questions about courses please contact your supervisor.

Common forms used by graduate students:

SGS forms:

  • Request for Change of Status form (full-time/part-time)
  • Graduate Sudent Course Change form
  • Application for Leave form
  • Independent/Directed Studies Course form
  • Appendix B1/B2 forms
  • Degree completion/Graduation forms

People & Culture forms (previously Human Resources):

  • Tax forms
  • Direct Deposit banking form

Financial Services forms:

  • Graduate Student Fee Deduction Authorization form
  • Int'l Emergency Health Insurance Opt Out form

Program and degree requirements

Biology

Research proposals

  • MSc students must complete their proposal within six months of beginning their program
  • PhD students must complete their proposal within 12 months of beginning their program

Proposals include:

  • a two to four page written summary (typed and single-spaced)
  • a 25-45 minute oral presentation followed by a question period

The student is responsible for setting the time and booking the location of the presentation with the agreement of committee members.

The student should send a proposal summary including a title, an abstract (150-300 words) and time and location to the Graduate Studies Coordinator with more than one week's notice.

Qualifying exams

PhD students must these complete within 12 months of beginning their program. The topics are to be approved three to six months ahead (after the research proposal).

These require four topics each with an examiner. The options should be sent to the Director of Graduate Studies (DoGS) for approval, along with a two to four page summary of your research project.

Once approved and confirmed, the student should touch base with each examiner to discuss the topic and get a suggested reading list.

The student is responsible for setting the time and location of the exam with the agreement of all examiners and Director of Graduate Studies. They will notify Graduate Studies Coordinator of the time and location with more than one week's notice.

The oral exam is typically two to three hours. 

Chemistry

Seminars

  • MSc students will do one non-thesis related seminar and one departmental Seminar
  • PhD students will do three non-thesis related seminars and one departmental Seminar

It is the student's responsibility to register for the seminar course each year.

The Non-Thesis Seminars are scheduled by the CHEM6000 Coordinator at the beginning of the term. Students should send a title, an abstract (150 to 300 words) and date, time and location to the Graduate Studies Coordinator at least two weeks beforehand.

The Departmental Seminars are scheduled through the Departmental Seminar Coordinator and must be completed six months prior to the defence. Students should send a title, abstract (150 to 300 words) and date, time and location to the Graduate Studies Coordinator at least two weeks beforehand.

Qualifying exams

PhD students must complete these within 16 months of beginning their program. They must be scheduled one month in advance.

The students are required to complete a written research proposal and literature review following the guidelines for graduate theses and reports.

The written proposal should be submitted to committee members and the Graduate Studies Coordinator, a minimum of one week prior.

The student is responsible for setting the time and location of the exam with the agreement of all committee members and the Director of Graduate Studies. The students will notify the Graduate Studies Coordinator of the time and location with more than one week's notice.

The oral exam is typically two hours in length. 

Earth Sciences

Research proposals

  • MSc students must complete their proposal within eight months of beginning their program
  • PhD students must complete their proposal within 12 months of beginning their program

The proposals include a two to four page written summary (typed and single-spaced) and a 25 to 45 minutes oral presentation and question period.

The student is responsible for setting the time and booking the location of the presentation with the agreement of committee members.

The student should send a title, abstract (150 to 300 words) and time and location to Graduate Studies Coordinator with more than one week's notice. 

Mathematics & Statistics

Seminars

  • Students will do four Seminars during their degree (both MSc and PhD)

It is the student's responsibility to register for the seminar course each year.

  • Departmental Seminars are scheduled by Dr. Seahra
  • Graduate Seminars are schedule by Dr. Watmough

Students should send the title and abstract (150 to 300 words) to Cindy Thomas at least one week beforehand.

Qualifying exams

PhD students must complete within 18 months of beginning their program.

The exam consists of three tests, each a three hours written paper.

Each field must be approved by your committee and submitted to the Graduate Studies Coordinator and Director of Graduate Studies.

The student is responsible for setting the time and location of the exam with the agreement of all examiners and Director of Graduate Studies.

The student will notify the Graduate Studies Coordinator of the time and location with more than one week's notice. 

Physics

Seminars

  • MSc students will do one Departmental Seminar in their second year
  • PhD students will do three Departmental Seminar once a year except for the first year

It is the student's responsibility to register for the seminar course each year.

Students should send a title and abstract (150 to 300 words) to the Physics Admin Assistant at least one week beforehand.

Attendance at the weekly seminars is mandatory

Qualifying exams

PhD students must complete these within 12 months of beginning their program. The exam consists of two written tests, lasting four hours each.