Qualifiying Student

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A student whose academic background entitles him or her to serious consideration for admission to graduate studies but who is considered to be inadequately prepared to enter a graduate program in the specific discipline may be admitted as a qualifying student. Qualifying students are not considered graduate students.

Main points

  • If, at the end of a qualifying term or year, the graduate program and the Faculty of Graduate Studies are satisfied with the calibre of the student's work, the student may apply for admission to a graduate degree program.
  • Courses taken during a qualifying year or term that are necessary in order to meet the requirements for full admission to Graduate Studies cannot be transferred to a subsequent graduate program. However, other courses may be transferred upon the recommendation of the department and with the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
  • Qualifying student status is available only to applicants who do not require a study permit to enter Canada.


Applicants to a qualifying year may:

  • have academic grade point averages that too low for admission, but that could feasibly be brought up to the required level given high marks in a year of additional work at the senior undergraduate level
  • be lacking specific prerequisite courses for admission, but only to the extent that could be remedied within one year of qualifying study
  • hold a three-year Canadian undergraduate degree (except for graduates from Quebec universities who have completed the Diplome d'Etudes Collegiales).

Additional Information

  • 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 by the graduate program in which they wish to pursue graduate studies. If the department recommendation is approved a letter will be sent to the applicant with the terms and conditions of year of qualifying studies.