Applicants to a qualifying year would typically have academic grade point averages that are lower than the requirements of the graduate program and/or the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, but could feasibly be brought up to the required level given high marks in a year of additional work at the senior undergraduate level or are lacking specific prerequisite courses for admission, but only to the extent that could be remedied within one year of qualifying study or hold a three-year Canadian undergraduate degree (except for graduates from Quebec universities who have completed the Diplome d'Etudes Collegiales).
A Qualifying year is typically composed of an additional 21-30 undergraduate credits. (Qualifying students may not register in graduate courses without specific permission in advance from the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.)
Qualifying status is granted only to those students who are recommended for such status by the graduate program in which they wish to pursue graduate studies. If the department recommendation is approved, the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will send a letter to the student explaining that she or he is not admissible to the graduate program, but is accepted to a year of qualifying studies.
The University will not admit students requiring Study Permits to a qualifying year.
For more information, please see the Policies and Procedures section of this web site.