A coursework extension may be appropriate if academic (e.g., unexpected problems of research in a course) or non-academic (e.g., illness) reasons make it impossible for you to complete course requirements on time.
You may apply for an extension by submitting the course extension form to your graduate unit prior to the deadline for completion of course work.
If you have been granted a course extension, the graduate unit will assign the temporary non-grade report SDF (Standing Deferred) until your final grade report is received.
During an approved coursework extension, you will continue to pay tuition fees according to your program status (i.e., full-time or part-time, domestic, or international).
If you are unable to complete the required coursework during the extension period, you may apply to your graduate unit for a continuation of the extension. Second coursework extensions must also be considered by SGS. Second coursework extension requests must be made before the expiry date of the first extension period.
As a doctoral student, you are expected to advance to candidacy within the following deadlines determined by your program:
Degree Program Candidacy Achieved
PhD, four-year program End of 3rd year
PhD, five-year program (Direct Entry) End of 4th year
Flexible-time PhD program option End of 4th year
Professional doctoral program, full-time End of 3rd year
Professional doctoral program, part-time Within 4 years of initial registration
If you do not achieve candidacy within this time, an extension to achieve candidacy may be permitted in exceptional circumstances. If you require an extension to achieve candidacy, complete the extension to achieve candidacy form and submit it to your graduate unit for review.
Doctoral students on an approved candidacy extension must continue to pay full-time domestic/international tuition fees.
If you do not complete all degree requirements within the time limit for your degree, you may submit a request for program extension.
Master’s students may be considered for a maximum of three one-year extensions. The first two extension requests require the approval of the graduate unit; the third requires the approval of both the graduate unit and SGS.
Doctoral students may apply for a maximum of four one-year extensions. The first two extension requests require the approval of the graduate unit; the second two require the approval of both the graduate unit and SGS.
To seek an extension, complete a program extension (current regulations) form and submit it to your graduate unit along with an explanation for the delay and evidence that the remaining degree requirements may be completed within the period of the extension request.
During the extension years, all doctoral students pay fees at 50% of the domestic rate plus full-time sessional incidental and ancillary fees. See Graduate Fees for more information on the pro-rating of fees in the final extension year.
During the extension years, all full-time master’s students pay 50% of the domestic rate plus sessional incidental and ancillary fees. Part-time master’s students on extension continue to be charged part-time fees.