Program of Study



Please read the full Senate policy in the Calendar.



  • Students must remain continuously registered until the degree is completed, except for periods of time for which the student is away on an approved leave of absence. Note: Continuous registration includes the summer term.
  • Failure to register for two consecutive terms may result in the student being required to withdraw.

Program Requirements


From the Calendar:

“Degree or program requirements are established and modified with the knowledge and approval of Senate and are recorded in the faculty and school entries. Unless a student takes an extraordinary number of years to complete prescribed studies, the student is usually given the option of meeting requirements in effect when first enrolled or of meeting revised requirements subsequently approved by Senate.”


Supervisory Committee

  • Doctoral supervisory committees must have at least three members (including the supervisor).
  • With the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, the committee may also include qualified persons who are not faculty members. See Supervision on this website.
  • The majority of the committee must be members of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Program of Study

  • Doctoral students consult with supervisor(s) to develop a program of study, which is subject to the approval of the home graduate program.
  • Changes in the program of study must be reviewed and approved by the student's supervisory committee and the home graduate program.


Program of Study

  • Each student's program of study must be approved by the home graduate program.
  • Individual graduate programs may be full- or part-time, and may or may not require a thesis.

Program Requirements

  • The minimum course requirements are 30 credits, of which at least 24 must be numbered 500 to 699. A maximum of 6 credits at the undergraduate level in courses numbered 300 to 499 may be counted toward the requirements of a 30-credit master's degree.
  • Thesis-based master’s students must have a supervisory committee. The committee must have at least two members, and should have at least three members (including the supervisor).
  • A comprehensive examination in the form of a final written and/or oral examination is at the discretion of the graduate program.
  • In specific programs, minimum requirements may be higher than 30 course credits. Undergraduate courses numbered 300 to 499 may account for no more than 20% of the course credit requirement.
  • Courses listed in the Calendar under graduate programs may not all be offered annually.