Full-Time and Part-Time Status

Full-Time and Part-Time Status

There is a limit to how many terms a part-time student can go without registering in a course; for updated regulations, please consult the Graduate Calendar, which in matters of all rules, regulations, and policies, is the final authority. At the time of updating this document, university regulations specify that if a student’s initial registration is full time, then a transfer to part-time registration is possible only under extenuating circumstances. A full-time graduate student will normally register in a minimum of 1.5 credits (or the equivalent) per term. An audited course is not permitted as part of the 1.5 credits required per term to maintain full-time status.

In addition to the course load requirements described above, the following criteria for full-time status have been established by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research for all students. A full-time graduate student must

  1. identify himself or herself at the point of first registration as a full-time student;
  2. be considered a full-time graduate student by his or her supervisor;
  3. and be designated as a full-time graduate student by the University.

A part-time student will normally register in a maximum of 1.0 credit (or the equivalent) per term, including audited courses. In addition to the course load restriction described above, the following criteria for part-time status have been established by the Faculty of Graduate Studies for all students. A part-time student must

  1. identify himself or herself at the point of first registration as a part-time graduate student;
  2. be considered a part-time graduate student by his or her Supervisor, if enrolled in the Thesis or Research Essay streams;
  3. and be designated as a part-time graduate student by the University.

If you are unsure of your status, contact the office of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research for assistance at 613-520-2525.