Part 2: Registration and Degree Requirements

Failure of a Course

A student who obtains a failing grade in a course (less than a ‘B-‘) may repeat the course one (1) time to receive a passing grade of at least ‘B-'. The student must apply to repeat a course to the Master of Science Program Committee. In cases where the failed course will not be re-offered during a student’s program, a substitute course will be selected by the Supervisory Committee and approved by the relevant Departmental Graduate Education Committee and the Master of Science Program Committee. No substitutions are permitted for department or program mandated courses. Independent Study courses (5990) will not normally be approved as replacements for regular graduate course offerings. In cases where a failed course is repeated, the original failed course will remain on the transcript; however, the substitute course will replace the failed course in the grade point average calculation.

Repeating Courses         

A student may repeat a course once, if it is offered, in order to improve the grade. A student may repeat a course only one (1) time and the grade from the second offering will appear on the student’s transcripts. Refer to Policies and Program Requirements in the Academic Regulations section of the Graduate Studies Calendar (www.ulethbridge.ca/ross/academic-calendar).

Academic Probation

Supervisory Committees recommending a student for probation will provide the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies with a detailed evaluation of the student’s performance and an outline of the conditions of probation. The Supervisory Committee will also include a detailed plan to transition the student out of probation including outlining specific tasks, duties and responsibilities for the student. Once the student has met the conditions of the probation, the Supervisory Committee will provide a written assessment of the student’s progress to the Master of Science Program Committee. Once approved, the student will regain good standing in their program. If the student has not met the conditions of probation, the Supervisory Committee normally recommends that the student be required to withdraw from the program. The recommendation to withdraw is reviewed by the Master of Science Program Committee which makes a recommendation for consideration by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

Co-operative Education/Internship Option

The Co-operative Education/Internship Option is available to students in the Master of Science program.

Co-operative education is an educational model that formally integrates academic study at the master’s level with relevant, paid work experience in appropriate employment fields such as government, academic institutions, and industry. The University, the employer, and the student are in partnership to ensure an enriching experience toward the student’s professional development.

Further information and details concerning admission and requirements may be obtained from the Faculty of Arts and Science Office of Co-operative Education/Internship Programs (AH154; tel. 403-382-7154; email: artsci.coop@uleth.ca; website: (www.ulethbridge.ca/coop/fas).

Admission

Students may be accepted into the Co-op Option in the first term of their graduate program. Students are therefore encouraged to contact the Faculty of Arts and Science Co-operative Education Office as soon as possible upon admission to their graduate program.

The criteria for admission include:

  1. Admission to a Master of Science program
  2. Grade point average and academic standing
  3. A resumé and application form
  4. A personal interview
  5. Approval of the student’s supervisor, in consultation with the School of Graduate Studies and the Arts and Science Co-operative Education Office

Other factors, such as labour market conditions, work experience, volunteer experience and extracurricular activities are also considered when selecting participants for the program.

Requirements

Normally, students are required to successfully complete two (2) work terms of four (4) months each (or one (1) of eight (8) months) to earn the Co-op designation for the Master of Science degree.

To receive the Co-op designation for the degree, students must successfully complete, in addition to the course, major, and degree requirements, two work terms:

  • Arts and Science 5011 – Co-op Work Experience I
  • Arts and Science 5012 – Co-op Work Experience II

Students may also opt for a maximum of two (2) additional work terms:                                             

  • Arts and Science 5013 – Co-op Work Experience III
  • Arts and Science 5014 – Co-op Work Experience IV

Students must be registered for the entire duration of the work term(s) applied for through the Co-op program, including extensions, and, once registered, are not permitted to withdraw from the work placement without penalty of failure. A grade ‘F’ (Failure) will be entered on the transcript for the whole term(s) unless extenuating circumstances warrant granting of a designation ‘WC’ (Withdrawal with Cause), in accordance with Academic Regulations in the Academic Regulations, Policies, and Program Requirements section of the Graduate Studies Calendar (www.ulethbridge.ca/ross/academic-calendar). Where approval is granted by the Coordinator of Co-operative Education and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, a ‘WC’ will be entered on the transcript. Tuition fees will be assessed as per the University’s Withdrawal with Cause policy. Students may consult the Co-op student handbook for further information/regulations and should contact the Coordinator of Co-operative Education for assistance with the procedure.

Continuation in the Program

Students must acknowledge, accept, and abide by the requirements and regulations as outlined in Co-operative Education/Internship Option in the Master of Science (M.Sc.) Program section of the Graduate Studies Calendar (www.ulethbridge.ca/ross/academic-calendar) and the Co-op student handbook.

Transfer of Co-op Terms

Students enrolled in a Master of Science program may not transfer Co-op terms from other institutions.