V. Registration Procedures and Regulations

It is the student’s responsibility to register. Registration is the process by which students officially establish with the University (through the Registrar's Office) their degree program (MA, MSc, PhD, etc.) and status (full-time, part-time, etc.) and pay the appropriate academic fees (Student Accounts). Both aspects of the process (program/status and fee payment) must be completed before a student can be considered registered. Graduate students must maintain their registration status on a continuous basis and pay the required fees.

5.1 Registration Status and Fees for Graduate Students

Program-Fee Programs

Graduate students in program-fee programs must maintain their registration on a continuing basis. Program-fee students must register for REGN 9999 in all three terms and pay the appropriate program fee. REGN 9999 is listed in the Academic Timetable as “Registration Course - Graduate”. In addition to REGN 9999, program fee students should be registered in a course, project or thesis every term. If graduate students allow their registration to lapse they will be considered to have withdrawn and will be required to apply for re-admission.

Per-Course Fee Programs

With approval of the student's academic unit and the Faculty of Graduate Studies (e.g., for a summer term when no appropriate courses are offered), graduate students in programs where fees are paid on a per course basis can allow their registration to lapse for one term per academic year without penalty. Students who allow their registration to lapse for more than one term per academic year will be considered to have withdrawn.

Thesis or Project Registration

Once graduate students begin their thesis or project, they must continue to register in their thesis every term and work toward its completion until all degree requirements are met.

5.2 Registration Procedures

All registration is carried out via the web at www.dal.ca/online. Students are encouraged to register early, to ensure course avaliablity and to avoid scholarship payment delays.

Continuing students who require an extension to their program or have an outstanding annual progress report will not be permitted to register until the extension or annual progress report has been officially approved by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

5.2.1 Registration Deadline

All students must be registered by the deadline for each term. Students who do not register on or before the University’s last day to register must submit a course add/drop form (approved by the academic unit) to the Faculty of Graduate Studies for permission to register. A financial penalty will apply. Students who fail to register by the official deadline will not receive service from the University during that term.

5.2.2 Thesis-only Stage for Per-Course Fee Students

A per-course fee student, at the thesis-only stage of their degree requirements, such as MARCH, MLIS, MSW must register for REGN 9999 and Master’s Thesis, every term, in order to maintain their status as a thesis student.

5.2.3 Failure to Register (Program-Fee Students)

Students who fail to register by the approved deadlines will be considered to have lapsed registration. Such students will not be permitted to submit a thesis, nor will they receive services from the University during that academic term. Students who allow their registration to lapse will be considered to have withdrawn and will be required to apply for readmission. (See section 5.5.1).

5.2.4 Failure to Register (Per-course Fee Students)

Students who fail to register in a second term per academic year by the approved deadlines will be considered to have lapsed registration. These students are considered to have withdrawn and will be required to apply for readmission. (See section 5.5.2).

5.3 Voluntary Withdrawal

Students who withdraw from a degree program are to inform the Graduate Coordinator of their program immediately and the Faculty of Graduate Studies in writing. The immediacy of notification is important for two reasons: to mitigate as much as possible the consequences for the academic record; and the amount and speed of possible fee reimbursement. Both are influenced by the date of the action. Students must contact Student Accounts directly to make arrangements to receive their fee reimbursement. Please see “Academic Dates” for financial and academic implications of withdrawal. The decision to withdraw is not official until it has been processed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and received in the Registrar’s Office. Under no circumstances will the Faculty of Graduate Studies back-date a withdrawal notice.

5.4 Academic Dismissal

A student may be dismissed from a program for academic reasons (e.g., failure to meet admission requirements, program requirements, or lack of academic progress), for academic offences such as plagiarism, irregularities in the presentation of data, etc., (see Intellectual Honesty and Senate Discipline Committee), for non-academic reasons, (see Code of Student Conduct), or for failing to maintain registration status (see section 5.1). The student will be notified of the reason for the dismissal by the appropriate body.

An academic dismissal is normally for one year, however the student record notation is permanent. During this period, work completed at another institution while on Academic Dismissal may not be used for credit at Dalhousie.

5.4.1 Reinstatement of Students

A student who is academically dismissed may apply in writing to their academic unit for reinstatement within the one year dismissal period (see sections 7.6.2 1 and 2). Reinstatement is not automatic nor guaranteed. Following consideration of the student’s request for reinstatement by the academic unit, the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies has to approve all academic unit positive recommendations for reinstatement. A student may be reinstated only once during the course of their program. Students who are denied reinstatement are still eligible to apply for readmission following a one year wait period.

5.5 Readmission

A student who has been dismissed for academic reasons and has not been reinstated, has voluntarily withdrawn, or whose registration has lapsed may apply for readmission within 10 years of initial registration. Readmission is not automatic, and requires the permission of the academic unit and the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

5.5.1 Readmitted Program-Fee Students

Students who fail to register and pay tuition fees for any term before the degree program requirements have been fulfilled are considered to have withdrawn and will be required to apply for readmission. Readmission is not guaranteed, but if readmitted, program-fee students must pay lapsed registration fees for the terms in which they were not registered to a maximum of three terms at the rate of $250 per term.

Readmitted students who were academically dismissed will not be charged lapsed registration fees for the three terms immediately following the official date of dismissal. Lapsed registration fees will be charged for any term thereafter, to a maximum of three terms at the rate of $250 per term.

Students in thesis programs who have not maintained registration are normally required to have a satisfactory thesis in hand or a timetable for completion via the progress report in GSIS, approved by the academic unit and the Faculty of Graduate Studies, before they can be readmitted. Students may be readmitted only once during the course of their program. Application for readmission must meet normal application deadlines.

5.5.2 Readmitted Per-Course Fee Students

With approval of the academic unit and the Faculty of Graduate Studies, per-course fee students can allow their registration to lapse for one term per academic year without penalty (e.g., for a summer term when no appropriate courses are offered). Students who fail to register and pay tuition fees for more than one term per academic year before the degree program requirements have been fulfilled are considered to have withdrawn and will be required to apply for readmission. Readmission is not guaranteed, but if readmitted per-course fee students must pay lapsed registration fees for the terms in which they were not registered, to a maximum of three terms at the rate of $250 per term.

Readmitted students who were academically dismissed will not be charged lapsed registration fees for the three terms immediately following the official date of withdrawal.

5.5.3 Readmission after 10 years from program start

Students may apply to a degree program after the 10 year limit. Readmission is not automatic, but follows the procedures for normal admission. In addition such admission does not constitute an automatic acceptance of credit for past work or past examinations. Requests to have past course work and exams recognized and assigned credit requires an independent advanced-placement assessment, that must be submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Advanced-placement credits must be approved both by the academic unit and the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Students re-admitted under this cause should be aware that they will be assessed fees and tuition commensurate with a new incoming student, over the same period.

5.6 Concurrent Registration

A student may, with written permission from the Deans of both programs, register for two concurrent programs or diploma programs, either at Dalhousie or one at Dalhousie and one elsewhere, for a maximum of 12 months, usually the first academic year of the Dalhousie graduate program. This does not apply to a prerequisite degree student finishing a Master’s degree who has been accepted into a PhD program. In that case, the student must first complete the Master’s and then register in the PhD program in January, May or September as applicable and approved by the academic unit. If the student fails to complete the Master’s degree for a particular entry point, the student must request deferral of admission to the next available start date.

5.7 Student Categories

All graduate students must be registered in each year and in each term of their graduate program in one of the categories listed below. Master's students wishing to change status from full-time to part-time or vice versa, must submit their request, with academic unit approval, to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Such requests must be made before the start of the term in which the change of status is to take effect.

5.7.1 Full-Time Student (Program-Fee)

A full-time graduate student paying program fees (see section 2.3) is a student who has been approved by the academic unit and the Faculty of Graduate Studies as working full-time on their graduate degree. All Doctoral students register full-time throughout their studies, and they pay full-time program fees for the first two or three years of study, as designated at the time of admission and continuing fees for subsequent terms. Program-fee students must maintain their registration for the summer, fall and winter terms. The following programs must register for REGN 9999 every term and pay fees for only two terms per academic year: LLM, MEC, MHI, MAHSR and MSc (HUCD). Full-time students are expected to work on their degree requirements on a full-time basis, therefore additional paid employment work should not exceed an average of 16 hours per week per term.

5.7.2 Full-Time Student (Per-Course Fee)

A student who is taking a minimum of nine credit hours per term is considered full-time. Per-course fee students who have completed all degree requirements except their thesis may be considered full-time or part-time. Full-time or part-time status for these students is determined based on the student's full-time or part-time thesis work. Full-time students are expected to work on their degree requirements on a full-time basis, therefore additional paid employment work should not exceed an average of 16 hours per week per term.

5.7.3 Part-Time Student (Program-Fee)

At the Master’s level a part-time student paying program fees (see Section 2.3) is a student who has been approved by the academic unit and the Faculty of Graduate Studies as working part-time on their graduate degree. A part-time graduate student cannot carry more than eight credit hours per term. Program fee students must maintain their registration for the summer, fall and winter terms.

5.7.4 Part-Time Student (Per-Course Fee)

A student who is taking fewer than nine credit hours in a semester is considered part-time.

5.7.5 Continuing Student (Program-Fee Programs Only)

This status applies to a student in a program that charges a program-fee and who has completed the program-fee requirement but has not yet finished all the degree requirements (usually the thesis). The student is required to pay a continuing fee on a per term basis.

5.7.6 Qualifying Student

Students who hold a recognized undergraduate degree, as defined in section 3.2, but who do not meet all admission requirements for a Master's program, may be recommended for admission to a qualifying program. Admission to a qualifying program may be recommended by academic units for students in the following circumstances:

  1. The student has the required GPA in a recognized undergraduate degree program, but may not have the required background for graduate studies in a specific discipline. The academic unit will specify the required advanced undergraduate courses that must be completed with B- or higher marks to qualify for admission to the graduate program.
  2. The student does not meet the overall GPA requirements for admission to graduate programs. The academic unit will specify a set of advanced undergraduate courses that, upon satisfactory completion, will raise the GPA to the level defined in section 3.2.
  3. The student has a three-year undergraduate degree. First-class candidates may be considered for admission to a Qualifying Year. Qualifying students are required to complete eight to 10 senior undergraduate courses with a minimum grade of B-.

Qualifying students can be full-time or part-time; take as little as three credit hours course or as many as 30 credit hours courses chosen from undergraduate courses or a mixture of undergraduate and graduate courses. Taking Qualifying-Year graduate courses does not affect tuition for students in program-fee graduate programs. Qualifying students are not eligible for the Faculty of Graduate Studies scholarship or bursary support and must apply for admission to the appropriate graduate program in the usual way towards the end of the qualifying period. Qualifying students must pass all the courses with no grades below a B- and a minimum average of at least B, and fulfill additional requirements as deemed by their academic unit and the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Successful completion of the qualifying year does not guarantee admission.

Qualifying programs are not avaliable for students applying to Doctoral programs. Some academic units admit students to the Master’s program first and then consider them for transfer into the Doctoral program at a later date (see Section 3.3.1).

5.7.7 Special Student-Graduate Studies (SSGS)

With permission from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, it is possible for individuals to take courses outside of a program for personal or professional enrichment. The registration category for non-program students taking graduate courses is Special Student-Graduate Studies (SSGS). Such students may take a maximum of 12 credit hours with the permission of the course instructor and the appropriate Graduate Coordinator. Because all graduate courses must be taught at a consistent standard to graduate level students, non-program students must have records that meet the minimum entrance requirements for a graduate program. Hence they must be approved by the Faculty of Graduate Studies as admissible to a graduate program and should adhere to the same application deadlines.

Students are ineligible to apply for Special Student status in a course if they have been declined admission to the program because of academic standing, or have been academically withdrawn from the program.

Students who register in this category do so normally as an enrichment to their professional fields. Students trying to qualify for entry to a graduate program must follow a different route: either a Qualifying Year program, if eligible, or a program of study as a Special Student in an undergraduate Faculty.

Courses completed under SSGS status can be used for credit toward formal graduate programs with approval by the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the time of admission.

5.7.8 Visiting Students

5.7.8.1 Visiting Student Graduate Studies (VSGS) - Letter of Permission

Students registered as graduate students at another university may register at Dalhousie to take courses on a Letter of Permission (LOP) from their home university. Visiting students must have records that meet the minimum entrance requirements for the course for which they are registering and must receive permission from the Dalhousie professor teaching the course(s). Students must submit the graduate application, the application fee and an approved Letter of Permission to the Registrar's Office.

5.7.8.2 Visiting Graduate Research Studies (VGRS) - Research

Students registered as graduate students at another university may register at Dalhousie to conduct research under the supervision of a Dalhousie researcher as a visiting graduate research student. They are not attending Dalhousie University under the auspices of a signed, bilateral exchange agreement and will not be attending courses.

Visiting research students are normally at Dalhousie for up to three terms, and while here, they are expected to work full time on their research. They must provide to the Faculty of Graduate Studies written support for their research from their home university and from their Dalhousie supervisor. Students must submit the graduate application and the application fee to the Registrar's Office. The two letters of support must be submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

International VGRS may be able to opt-out of the Dalhousie Health Plan if they have comparable alternative insurance. To do so, international visiting graduate research students must take a copy of their health insurance plan to the Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) Health Plan Office to ensure it meets minimum coverage.

International VGRS are not eligible for paid employment in Canada unless the work and/or study permit allows.

5.7.9 Letters of Confirmation

A letter confirming a student’s registration and/or scholarship status can be produced on request. Students should contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies for information on this service. Confirmation letter request forms are located on the Faculty of Graduate Studies web site http://www.dal.ca/grad/currentstudents/forms/

5.8 Leave of Absence and Parental Leave

The Faculty of Graduate Studies may approve a Leave of Absence (LOA) for medical reasons or because of a serious problem outside the student’s control if supporting documentation is provided. A Leave of Absence will not normally exceed one year per individual program. The student must submit an application for a Leave of Absence to the Faculty of Graduate Studies with signatures of approval from the student’s Supervisor and Graduate Coordinator along with supporting documentation.

5.8.1 Parental Leave

Parental Leave will be granted at the time of pregnancy, birth or adoption. A parent may request up to three terms of leave, which must be completed within 12 months of the date of birth or custody. Students may request a parental leave with each new child born or adopted during their program.

5.8.2 Leave of Absence including Parental Leave

Applications for a Leave of Absence or Parental Leave must be received prior to the term for which it is to take effect. Retroactive approval for either will only be granted in extraordinary circumstances.

Students may not hold any Dalhousie scholarships during a Leave of Absence or Parental Leave, nor may they study elsewhere and receive credit at Dalhousie University.

A Leave of Absence or Parental Leave frees a student from paying tuition fees and it also releases the university from providing student services and library privileges. An approved Leave of Absence will add the number of terms for the Leave of Absense to the normal degree completion time as listed in section 7.1.

5.9 Program Continuance

With a Graduate Coordinator's support, the Dean of Graduate Studies may approve a program continuance to allow students to take part in an exceptional academic or career opportunity and maintain their student status as “in good standing” for a maximum duration of one year. The time the student is on an approved Program Continuance counts toward the normal degree completion time as listed in section 7.1 Please see the following web address for the application form and further details. dal.ca/faculty/gradstudies/currentstudents/forms.html

5.10 Suspension of Studies

Unexpected emergencies that arise during the term cannot always be accommodated by a Leave of Absence. Such cases can be accommodated through a Suspension of Studies. Any class withdrawal and fee rebate will be determined by the date of the suspension and the established withdrawal dates in the Academic Dates section of the Graduate Calendar. A student must apply in writing to the Faculty of Graduate Studies for a Suspension of Studies, stating the reasons and the length of time requested, and it must be supported by the Graduate Coordinator. A suspension relieves the student from responsibilities for completing coursework and other program requirements during the period of suspension, but it does contribute to the normal degree completion time as listed in section 7.1.

Normally, a Suspension of Studies shall be for no longer than one term. Grades for registered courses in the term of the Suspension of Studies will be determined by the date of the suspension and the established withdrawal dates in the Academic Dates section of the Graduate Calendar.

5.11 Differential Fees for International Students

Students who do not hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residency are required to pay an additional Differential Fee (the amount being determined by the University); in addition to the regular fees, according to the following schedule:

Full-time Master’s student (except Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery) 2 years (or equivalent)
Full-time Master’s/MD student Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 4 years
Part-time Master’s student 6 years
Two-year, program fee PhD student (following a Master’s degree) 2 years
Three-year, program fee PhD student (following a Bachelor’s degree) 4 years

 

 

 

 

The annual graduate program differential fee is charged over two terms for programs requiring two terms of fee payment.

This fee is applied to each new graduate degree in which the student registers.

Per-course fee Master’s students’ differential fee is changed per term in proportion to course registration(s).

5.12 Identification (ID) Cards

Full-time, part-time and continuing students in a degree program will receive ID cards entitling them to University services. Distance education students should consult their academic unit. ID cards must be presented to write an officially scheduled examination or to use library facilities. In addition some services, such as the issuance of bursary or scholarship cheques, require the presentation of a valid Dalhousie ID.

5.13 Notification of Address

Students are required to ensure that address changes are kept up-to-date. This should be done on Dal Online: http://www.dal.ca/online.

5.14 Student Email Addresses

The University issues a @dal.ca email address to all students. This is the official email address and the only email address that the University will use for communication with students regarding academic and administrative matters. This address is entered automatically in the Student Information System as the preferred email address, it will be the address to which all general email messages to students will be sent, and it will be the address provided to faculty members when they request distribution lists for sending messages to students in their courses. A message sent by the University, or a faculty or staff member, to your @dal.ca address will be considered to have been delivered to you. Students should visit my.dal.ca for detailed instructions on how to activate their @dal.ca account.