Part-Time Studies | Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies


The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is working to ensure that existing and incoming graduate students, and applicants stay informed of the University’s response to the evolving global impact of COVID-19.  The University is continuing to update our COVID-19 page with recent information, answers to FAQs and other resources. 

Existing Students: see UPDATE FROM THE AVP GRADUATE STUDIES.  For international students with questions relating to your study permit, please connect with your international student advisor; if you have gone abroad or intend to go abroad, and you have new immigration or travel concerns, please consult with your international student advisor.

Incoming Graduate Students:   Students expecting to start summer'20 should have received an email outlining your options; if not,  please email us.  Students expecting to start fall'20 should count on doing so, at least until told otherwise.  If you have questions or concerns about meeting the conditions on your offer letters, please email us.


Applicants: We continue to process applicants and issue of offers of admission. 

The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is committed to supporting our students.  We will work with you to ensure minimized disruption for all current and incoming students. 

Part-Time Studies

Choosing Between Part-Time & Full-Time

When applying through OUAC, you will have the option to choose between full-time and part-time (not all programs offer a part-time option). Students interested in part-time programs should be aware that there can be certain implications, such as:

  • Loss of interest-free status for outstanding student loans,
  • Reduced maximum course load per semester,
  • Loss of income-tax benefits (education credit), and
  • Funding/Scholarship/Bursary ineligibility (ie. OGS, CGS, etc)
  • The minimum duration period is based on the equivalency of three part-time semesters to one full-time semester.

Change from Full-Time to Part-Time

If you have received an offer of admission and are looking to transfer from Full-Time to Part-Time, you will need to complete your registration for Full-Time studies and then submit the “Full-Time and Part-Time Transfer Application ”. This form, along with appropriate supporting documentation, must be submitted to the department for their internal review/approval, when completed they will forward to the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies. This should be completed prior to the 10th class day, to ensure no financial penalties. For more information on the general regulations, minimum duration and/or the requirements to transfer, please refer to the Graduate Calendar.

International students interested in switching from Full-Time should discuss with Citizenship and Immigration Canada to determine if this will have an impact on their study permit parameters.