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PhD Program Progression

The grid below displays the program progression (full-time/continuing/additional session status) applicable to graduate students who are admitted to a PhD program and who remain registered/continuing in their program until degree requirements are completed.

PhD Program Level Term & Status

Term & Status

Term & Status

Program Residency Status
PhD1

Fall – Full-Time 

Winter – Full-time

Summer – Continuing

Residency*

PhD2

Fall – Full-Time 

Winter – Full-time

Summer – Continuing

Residency*

PhD3

Fall – Full-Time 

Winter – Full-time

Summer – Continuing

Residency*

PhD4

Fall – Full-Time 

Winter – Full-time

Summer – Continuing

Continuing  

PhD5

Fall – Additional Session

Winter – Additional Session

Summer - Additional Session

Continuing  

PhD6

Fall – Additional Session

Winter – Additional Session

Summer - Additional Session

Continuing  

PhD7

Fall – Additional Session

Winter – Additional Session

Summer - Additional Session

Time Limitation

PhD students are required to pay a minimum of 6 full-time terms (if admitted as PhD 2) and 8 full-time terms (if admitted to PhD 1). If degree requirements are met prior to completion of the residency year (PhD 3), fees for outstanding residency terms will be charged in the final term of registration.

PhD students who interrupt their studies and are readmitted to the same program will be charged fees equivalent to the tuition and/or additional session fees owed for all unregistered terms up to a maximum of the end of PhD7. In addition, students will be charged the applicable fees** for the term of readmission and any future terms of registration up to and including their term of graduation. Students who are readmitted after time limitation will not be assessed for unregistered terms but will be responsible for all applicable fees** as of the term of readmission.

For example:

If you were not registered for 3 terms and your last registration was the end of PhD 4, upon readmission, you will be charged additional session fees for 3 unregistered terms and the applicable fees** for the term of readmission, and any future terms of registration up to and including your term of graduation.

If you were not registered for 5 terms and your last registration was the end of PhD 6, upon readmission, you will be charged additional session fees for 3 unregistered terms (up to PhD 7) and the applicable fees** for the term of readmission, and any future terms of registration up to and including your term of graduation.

If you were not registered for 3 terms and your last registration was the end of PhD 7 (time limitation), upon readmission you will be charged the applicable fees** for the term of readmission, and any future terms of registration up to and including your term of graduation.


*Residency refers to the number of terms (or years) students must be registered on a full-time basis to complete their program. Students are not permitted to graduate until they have fulfilled the residence requirement (or paid the corresponding fees) in their program.

** The applicable fees in your term of readmission will depend on whether you are being readmitted with a status of Thesis Full-Time or Thesis Additional Session, which depends on when you were last registered and how many terms you missed. You will be charged the tuition and/or additional session fee for that term, in addition to all of the fees of a regular student which include administrative fees, Student Services, Athletics and Recreation fees, society fees, and potentially health and dental insurance. Details can be found on the Student Accounts website.

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