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As of Friday, June 24, 2016, the Muskoka Campus was closed. All programs have been moved and are now offered at the North Bay Campus. Please direct any inquiries to:
100 College Drive
North Bay, ON P1B 8L7
Tel: 705.474.3450, ext.4200
Toll Free (within Ontario): 800.655.5154
The Concurrent Education program at our Brantford Campus is offered in partnership with Laurier Brantford. Graduates receive an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Society, Culture & Environment from Laurier Brantford and a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing.
The University reserves the right to modify the academic programs and regulations at its discretion.
Each program sets its own admission criteria however, the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) has established the minimum admission requirements for all programs as follows:
It is understood that admission to graduate programs is limited and, therefore, applicants who meet or exceed the minimum admission requirements are not guaranteed admission.
Applications for each program are reviewed by the Program Admissions Committee (PAC). The PAC forwards a recommendation for admission to the Associate Vice-President Academic and Graduate Studies. Offers of admission may have conditions attached, which may have to be met before registration is permitted. Approved applications for admission are forwarded by the Associate Vice-President Academic and Graduate Studies or Designate to the Office of the Registrar. Borderline or questionable cases for admission will be dealt with by the Graduate Program Coordinator/Faculty Graduate Chair in consultation with the Associate Vice-President Academic and Graduate Studies or Designate. The decision of the Associate Vice-President Academic and Graduate Studies or Designate on admissions is final and is not subject to appeal.
For programs where it is appropriate, the Associate Vice-President Academic and Graduate Studies or Designate will take relevant funding considerations (such as scholarships and other forms of student financial support) into account when considering a recommendation for admission. In some programs students will not be admitted without appropriate levels of committed funding. The decision of the Associate Vice-President Academic and Graduate Studies or Designate is final and is not subject to appeal by the student.
Applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit the results from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TESL) including the Test of Written English (TWE) component or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). This requirement may be waived for applicants who are graduates of English language universities.
The following are the minimum ESL requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies; in addition each program will have minimum language requirements specific to their program.
The required minimum scores must be submitted before the candidate can considered for admission:
In exceptional circumstances, applicants may be accepted into a graduate program subject to the successful completion of conditions that are in addition to the regular admission requirements.
Appeals regarding denial of admission are handled by the Associate Vice-President Academic and Graduate Studies or Designate. Such appeals are made by academic units on behalf of students who do not meet the minimum admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies. The decision of this appeal is final for the faculty.
Considerations for exceptional admission must include:
Fulfillment of the above conditions and considerations does not, in any way, guarantee that an applicant will receive an offer of admission.
The process for appeal is as follows:
All applicants, regardless of appeal procedures, are required to adhere to the admissions deadlines set by the Registrar's Office. The extension of application deadlines in the case of graduate admission appeals will only be considered with the express consent of the Program Coordinator or the relevant academic unit, the Registrar, and the AVP Research and Graduate Studies.
Only offers of admission from the Office of the Registrar are valid. Communication with a program representative (including the Graduate Program Coordinator / Graduate Chair) or a faculty member does not constitute an offer of admission. Nipissing University may revoke an offer of admission or cancel registration in the program if it finds that the applicant has provided false or incomplete information.
The School of Graduate Studies operates on a trimester basis, with three terms defined as: fall term (September to December); winter term (January to April); and spring/summer term (May to August). The academic year begins with a fall term followed by a winter term.
Graduate Students are referred to as full-time or part-time on the basis of the program in which they are enrolled. Regardless of this classification, all students have access to university facilities and are expected to take part in the academic life of their program and the university. All graduate students are deemed to be full-time unless declared otherwise.
Full-time students must identify themselves as such when registering and on all documents. Full-time students are those who are pursuing a program of study on campus and are geographically available. They maintain regular contact with their faculty advisor or research supervisor, if applicable. They are eligible for graduate funding.
Full-time students employed by Nipissing University work no more than an average of 10 hours per week at diversionary employment. Diversionary employment is work that takes a student's time away from his/her program of study and research.
Graduate students who do not meet the above criteria are deemed part-time students. Normally, they are not permitted to be registered in more than one course per semester. Part-time students are not eligible for financial support from the university.
This option is intended to permit working professionals to be engaged in continued employment in areas related to the fields of research. Students will normally register as full-time, but are not eligible for financial support from the university.
Students may change their status from full-time to part-time, or vice-versa, by completing a Change in Status Request form and submitting it to the School of Graduate Studies for approval by the Vice President, Academic and Research or Designate. A change in status may have an impact on student aid and awards eligibility, fees, income tax credits, and other areas.
A year is based on three terms: fall, winter, spring/summer
*first two years billed as full-time student, applicable ancillary fees charged for years three and four.
The minimum total academic fee is predetermined by the length of the graduate program into which a student is admitted. Please refer to the time of completion section of the academic regulations document.
Full-time/Part-time graduate students should be aware that they may be required to pay additional academic fees in order to equal the total minimum fee paid by a full-time student in the same program in case they finish their program earlier than the normal completion time. This balance of degree fee is assessed just prior to graduation and is based on the tuition fee on the schedule in effect at the time of graduation.
In the event that a student does not complete the program by the maximum duration period (which includes the allotted 3, single-term extensions), he/she will be withdrawn from the program for failure to complete. Should the student wish to appeal the withdrawal from their graduate program and continue beyond the maximum duration period, he/she would be required to submit an appeal for a time for a time extension to the School of Graduate Studies, including the following elements:
In the event that the student, Graduate Program Coordinator, and Research Supervisor are unable to agree on a plan of study for degree completion, the Associate Vice-President Academic and Graduate Studies or Designate would be expected to provide a letter commenting on the feasibility of the plan provided by the student.
The Associate Vice-President Academic and Graduate Studies or Designate will grant or deny the request for the extension based on the submissions provided. Where the Associate Vice-President Academic and Graduate Studies or Designate supports the request, he/she may also provide advice and recommendations on the proposed plan of study. The student will be charged the appropriate continuation fee(s). Failure to complete the degree program within the prescribed time frame following the appeal to the Associate Vice-President Academic and Graduate Studies or Designate will result in withdrawal from the program and cannot be appealed.
Where the Associate Vice-President Academic and Graduate Studies or Designate denies the request, the student may appeal to the Standings and Petitions Committee. An appeal to the Standings and Petitions Committee involves an examination of all relevant documents and evidence to determine the appropriateness of a finding. The procedures for submitting a petition to the Standings and Petitions Committee can be found in the University Regulations section of the Academic Calendar.
Acknowledgements are given to the University of Guelph in the development of this policy.
All graduate students must maintain continuous registration in each consecutive semester of study until they have completed the requirements of their program. It is the student's responsibility to ensure they are registered by the appropriate deadline for each term.
Students, who failed to register or re-register, by the deadline and have not been granted a Leave of Absence, will be registered in a University placeholder course and will be assessed the appropriate fees. Students who have failed to register or re-register for two consecutive terms will be considered to have left the program and will be withdrawn.
Students wanting to complete their program after they have been withdrawn from their program must apply for re-admission and pay the application fee. Students should be aware that in the event of readmission, continuation of the same research project and/or supervisor cannot be guaranteed. Additionally, it is possible that students will be unable to count previously earned graduate credit toward the completion of their degree.
Acknowledgements are given to Lakehead University and Trent University in the development of this policy.
Under exceptional circumstances the Associate Vice-President Academic and Graduate Studies or Designate, may permit the time to completion to be extended by one term to a maximum of three terms. All requests for extensions shall use the appropriate form and should be directed to the Graduate Program Coordinator/Graduate Chair who will make a recommendation to the Associate Vice-President Academic and Graduate Studies or Designate.
Graduate students pay all required tuition and other fees as set by Nipissing University. Such fees are set on a per term basis.
The requirement of continuous registration supports students toward the timely completion of their studies. However, the university recognizes that from time to time, students may need to be absent from their studies. Upon recommendation of the Graduate Program Coordinator/Chair, the Associate Vice-President Academic and Graduate Studies or Designate may grant the following Leaves of Absence:
Leaves of Absence may not be used to pursue any activities which form part of a study plan (such as field experience, individual study, directed study or individual research), or for which any form of residual program credit might otherwise be requested.
Students applying for an elective leave of absence do not have to provide grounds for their request as long as it is submitted in a timely fashion.
Students applying for a leave of absence under exceptional circumstances are students who are facing a type of hardship that takes them away from their studies, such as medical, professional or compassionate circumstance.
Available to students, during and immediately following, a pregnancy.
Available to students for whom parental responsibilities are such that they require the student to be absent from their studies.
Available to students who have yet to complete course work if no suitable course is offered in any given term.
Once on leave, students will neither be registered, nor will they be required to pay fees for this period. In general, students on leave may not make demands upon the resources of the University (such as the library, laboratories, or gymnasium), attend classes, or expect advice from their supervisor. Students on leave will not be eligible to receive internal awards or funds from Nipissing University. In the case of other graduate students awards or funds, the regulations of the particular granting agency apply.
Except where noted, and in special circumstances, it is not expected that a student will be granted more than one leave of absence. An elective leave of absence will only ever be approved once. Requests for a leave of absence must be received prior to the registration deadline of the term to be effective for that term. Requests received after the registration deadline will only become effective in the following academic terms. Requests cannot be approve retroactively.
Acknowledgements are given to York University in the development of this policy.
Students who withdraw from a graduate program are to immediately inform the Graduate Program Coordinator / Graduate Chair and their Research Supervisor in writing, using the Voluntary Withdrawal form. Immediate notification is important since the amount and speed of possible fee reimbursement is influenced by the date of withdrawal. The Graduate Program Coordinator / Graduate Chair will forward the withdrawal notice to the Associate Vice-President Academic and Graduate Studies or Designate
A withdrawal is not official until it has been received by the Associate Vice-President Academic and Graduate Studies or Designate and the Registrar's Office. Under no circumstances will the Associate Vice-President Academic and Graduate Studies or Designate back-date a withdrawal notice.
After a request to voluntarily withdraw has been processed by the Office of the Registrar, the student is then officially withdrawn and may be eligible for a credit of a portion of tuition fees to their account. In all but Thesis or MRP, a mark of “W" (Withdrawn) or "F" (Failed) may appear on a student's academic record, depending on the date that the withdrawal request has been received. In an MRP or Thesis course a mark of “W ” will appear on the student’s academic record.
Discontinuing attendance in classes, failure to submit any assignments, notification to the instructor, or stopping payment on a cheque, do not constitute official withdrawal.
The withdrawal schedule is posted before the beginning of each academic year on the Student Financial Services website.
The School of Graduate Studies will undertake Exit Surveys with all graduate students upon their completing or leaving their program. The results of the surveys will be used for ongoing monitoring of program quality control, and are available for use in formal OCGS program reviews.
The Ontario Visiting Graduate Student Plan allows graduate students of an Ontario university to take graduate courses at another Ontario university while remaining registered at their own university. The plan allows students to bypass the usual application or admission procedures. Registration is not complete until prior approval has been received from both the host and the home universities.
A student who is classified as an Ontario Visiting Graduate Student will register and pay fees to the home university but will pay no fees to the host university. Nipissing University graduate students interested in taking a graduate course at another Ontario University under the OVGS plan should complete the OVGS application form, which can be found on the School of Graduate Studies' website. No more than six credits will be allowed as OVGS credits. The course(s) selected must be at the graduate level and required for the student's degree program and not available at Nipissing University. Such courses may not be "extra," or "audit," courses for the student.
Graduate students wishing to take courses at institutions outside Ontario but within Canada, may do so through the Canadian University Transfer Agreement (CUGTA). This agreement provides students in good standing, enrolled in a degree or diploma program at a CAGs member university, the opportunity to take courses offered at another member institution for transfer credit to the program at their home institution.
The CUGTA requires students to pay tuition for the course(s) concerned and applicable incidental fees at the host institution. Nipissing University graduate students interested in taking a graduate course at another Canadian university outside the province of Ontario, should complete the CUGTA application form, which can be found on the School of Graduate Studies' website. No more than six credits will be allowed as CUGTA credits. The course(s) selected must be at the graduate level and required for the student's degree program and not available at Nipissing University. Such courses may not be "extra," or "audit," courses for the student.
The Canadian Graduate Student Research Mobility Agreement (CGRSMA) sets out a protocol for institutional recognition of visiting graduate research students. This agreement does not pertain to courses but exists to facilitate visits by graduate students to other institutions in order that those students are able to participate in research activities and be recognized as legitimate visitors to the host campus(es).
Under the CGSRMA, graduate students pay fees to their home university and will pay no fees to the host institution. However, incidental fees may be charged at the discretion of the host university. Graduate students interested in conducting research at another Canadian University should contact the School of Graduate Studies for more information.
Nipissing University allows out-of-province and international students to visit in one of three ways: to take course work, to conduct research, or to participate in an internship. In any case, students will be registered as full-time students for a maximum of one year. Acceptance is only on the recommendation of the department or program at Nipissing.
Students completing either research or an internship will be registered in the below courses while at Nipissing University:
SOGS 5001: Visiting Student Research
This course is for out-of -province and international students who are coming to Nipissing to conduct research as part of their degree studies at their home university. This course is not for credit. Enrollment in this course is by permission only. Course content will be determined by the host program.
SOGS 5002: Visiting Student Internship
This course is for out-of-province and international students who are coming to Nipissing to conduct research as part of their studies at their home university with support of their government programs or other scholarship. This course is not for credit. Enrollment in this course is by permission only. Course content will be determined by the host program.
Acknowledgements are given to McMaster University in the development of this policy.
The Program of Studies shall meet program requirements as approved by Senate, and includes the required courses (including directed studies), work terms or other practice-based components, any competency exams, scholarly components, or other requirements.
For a Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Master of Environmental Science/Studies each student has a Program of Studies which is prepared by the Graduate Program Coordinator in consultation with the student, and approved by the Associate Vice-President Academic and Graduate Studies or Designate. In cases of programs with a Major Research Paper / Thesis component, consultation will include the Research Supervisor. The Program of Studies must be approved before the student registers in the program, and must include a detailed schedule for progress and completion.
In the Master of Education program, each admitted student will consult with his or her Graduate Faculty Advisor regarding the required courses, elective courses, and their Program of Study. In cases of programs with a Thesis component, consultation will include the Research Supervisor. In the case of the M.Ed. program, which has multiple options for completion (Thesis, MRP and the 9-course plus Research Project and Seminar), timeline requirements for choosing a route are found in the M.Ed. handbook.
All graduate programs at Nipissing have a defined scholarly research component, which may take the form of a Thesis, a MRP, or a Research Project and Seminar.
Where appropriate for the discipline or field, another specified activity designed to test the acquisition of analytical and interpretive skills may be used (such a series of shorter research papers within courses, an exhibit of works, or a creative performance). In such cases, the appropriate scholarly content must be approved by the Associate Vice-President Academic and Graduate Studies or Designate.
Where appropriate and possible, Master's programs at Nipissing have a defined practice-based component. This includes a co-op work program, a practicum, a work-term, a professional, community-or industry-based project/paper or Thesis, or some other form of practice-based or service learning assessment.
The Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS) on Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans establishes the procedures and standards for the ethics review of research involving human subjects. All researchers, including graduate and undergraduate students, collecting data with human subjects should become familiar with this policy.
Article 1.1 of the TCPS guidelines outlines the conditions of Research Project/Papers/ Theses that require review: all research that involves living human subjects requires review and approval by a Research Ethics Board (REB) before the research is started. This includes research funded by grants, scholarships, contracts and contributions, unfunded faculty research, graduate and undergraduate research, and administrative research. This also includes course permission to be submitted by professors if students are to work with human subjects as part of their course requirement. Such permission should be received prior to any assignment being undertaken by students. The REB must review and approve all research conducted on and off campus, by faculty, staff and students.
With the exception of MRPs or Theses and courses with a Pass/Fail grade, the standardized grading system for graduate courses at Nipissing University is:
Graduate students must receive a grade of B or higher to receive credit for a course; however, each program may have further specific degree requirements.
Appeals are normally heard regarding possible inequities in the process used in grading. Should a student not be satisfied with an awarded grade, he or she may appeal using the appeal process found within the Academic Calendar.
No later than the end of the first term (or equivalent for part-time students), the students shall register the title of their MRP/Thesis. The application has to be approved by their Research Supervisor and Second Reader (if applicable) before being submitted to the Associate Vice-President Academic and Graduate Studies or Designate for final approval.
Individual programs may require the student to do an oral presentation as part of the MRP proposal.
For programs that require students to present their research proposals both the Research Supervisor(s) and Graduate Program Coordinator/Chair will have to give their approval for the student to proceed with the writing of their MRP/Thesis.
The External Examiner must be given a minimum of two weeks to review a MRP or Thesis; however individual programs may have specific time-related requirements.
The supervision and examination of all graduate theses at Nipissing will be administered by the SGS. Regulations are as follows:
Graduate students who have been approved to complete a Thesis will have a Supervisory Committee established with a minimum of two members: the supervisor(s) and an additional graduate faculty member from the program or cognate discipline, or an expert from within the field. Two faculty members on the same Supervisory Committee may chose to act as co-supervisors.
A student may not normally proceed to examination until approved to do so by the Supervisory Committee. A student has the right to proceed to examination without the approval of the Supervisory Committee if the student signs a written statement to that effect.
The Examination Committee for all Master’s Thesis students consists of the Supervisory Committee plus an External Examiner, who shall be external to Nipissing University, and a Chair.
All examinations shall consist of, in the following order, an advertised, public, oral presentation by the student, questions from the Examination Committee, and then questions from the public. In special circumstances the external examiner may be participating by videoconference or teleconference. The candidate and public attendees shall be asked to withdraw while the committee decides on the outcome of the examination. The outcome of a Thesis examination may be one of the following:
Confidentiality in the examination process is essential when there is a proprietary requirement regarding the Intellectual Property (IP) content of the Thesis and where such an IP agreement has been signed between the relevant parties (student, supervisor, university, external partner) and has been approved by the Associate Vice-President Academic and Graduate Studies or Designate.
The supervision and examination of all graduate students writing a Major Research Paper (MRP) at Nipissing University will be administered by the SGS. No MRP will be accepted for submission to an Examination Committee before it is completed. The regulations are as follows:
Students who have been approved to complete a major research paper will have a Supervisory Committee established with a minimum of two members: the supervisor and an additional graduate faculty member from the program or cognate discipline, or an expert from within the field.
The Examination Committee shall consist of the Supervisory Committee plus a third member, who shall be member of the graduate faculty external to the program (but preferably from a cognate discipline or field) and a Chair.
The results of a MRP examination may be one of the following:
The Examination Committee shall consist of the Supervisory Committee and shall be chaired by the Associate Vice-President Academic and Graduate Studies or Designate or the Graduate Chair’s or Graduate Program Coordinator's designate. The examiners will evaluate the paper and the outcome may be one of the following:
At least a month prior to the time of submitting the Thesis/MRP, a student may apply to the Associate Vice-President Academic and Graduate Studies or Designate requesting that the Thesis/MRP be withheld from deposit in the library for an additional three (3) months.
For any additional period of six (6) months, the student must submit a request for extension one month prior to the termination of the previous period. The student’s supervisor will be required to justify the extension of the restriction.
The period of restriction that a student may apply for will not exceed more than two years from the date of the degree being approved. There is no unlimited period of restriction.
Reasons for exemptions are as follows:
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