Part 2: Registration and Degree Requirements


Graduate students register every term throughout the tenure of their program. Detailed instructions are available in the Registration Guide ( and the New Student Checklist (

Registration Process

Registration for each term

To register, the School of Graduate Studies will provide the student with an Approved Program of Studies form to reference for online registration via the Bridge ( If required courses are not outlined on the Approved Program of Studies form, the student will contact his or her supervisor.

A student who does not submit a defended and completed Thesis that has been approved by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies by the end of the term must register for the next term.

NOTE: Students are required to register in the Master’s Thesis course each term (Fall, Spring, and Summer).

Course requirements

Depending on the student’s background a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of six (6) courses (6.0 to 18.0 credit hours) are required. At least two (2) courses must be completed at the graduate level.

Certain majors, and concentrations within majors, have required courses as outlined in Coursework in the Master of Science (M.Sc.) Program section of the Graduate Studies Calendar ( Students are responsible for ensuring these course are successfully completed.

Independent Study courses:
The student must complete an Independent Study form if he or she registers in an Independent Study course (5990). Contact the School of Graduate Studies Office for details (

No more than one (1) Independent Study course may be taught by the supervisor. No more than two (2) Independent Study courses may be taught by the same instructor. When Independent Study courses are taught by a Supervisory Committee member, a second reader must be named from outside that Supervisory Committee.

Senior undergraduate level courses taken at the graduate level:
When senior undergraduate level courses are taken at the graduate level a Request to Take a Senior Undergraduate Course at the Graduate Level form ( must be submitted.

Change of Approved Program of Studies

NOTE: Refer to the Cancellation and Withdrawal in the Registration section of the the Graduate Studies Calendar for course withdrawal policies.

Subsequent changes to an approved program of studies must follow the procedures outlined in the online Registration Guide (

Addition of Supervisory Committee members or changes to composition of the Supervisory Committee must vetted by the relevant department, the Master of Science Program Committee, and approved by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies using the Change of Supervisory Committee form (


For full details on program fees and payments, refer to the Fees section in the Graduate Studies Calendar (


Graduate students must register every term no later than the last day of add/drop. There are three (3) terms:

  • Spring (January to April)
  • Summer (May to August)
  • Fall (September to December)

For the last day of registration for each term, refer to the Academic Schedule in the Graduate Studies Calendar (

Failure to Register

A student who fails to register for any term and who does not have permission for a Leave of Absence, is considered by the University to have administratively withdrawn from his or her program. For a student to re-enter his or her program, the student must obtain written permission from the School of Graduate Studies and pay related tuition and fees.