Academic Regulations

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Academic Regulations

It is the responsibility of the student to read, understand, and abide by the regulations and procedures in this publication.

Academic Standing

A minimum grade of C is required in all required courses. A grade of D will be allowed in one elective course that is not a prerequisite to other courses taken in the program. Students may repeat failed courses only once. A minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.00 is required to be placed in Satisfactory Standing.

Time Limits

Thirty-credit programs taken on a part-time basis must normally be completed within five years of admission to the program. Programs taken on a full-time basis must normally be completed within 28 months of admission to the program. Students exceeding time limits may request an extension, in writing, which may be granted under special circumstances with the approval of the Director. Students who do not register for any course in their program for one year will be required to re-apply, meeting any new program requirements.

The time limit for completion of the 60-credit Certificate in First Nations and Inuit Education is 12 years. The University reserves the right to request that a student retake a course or courses after a five-year period if it is felt that too long a break has occurred in the ongoing nature of the training.

Student Teaching Practicums

In programs where there is a compulsory practicum (field experience / student teaching) a satisfactory Pass (P) is required. If a student fails this component of the program, the student will be required to withdraw from the program, but may appeal to the Undergraduate Student Affairs Committee for readmission. Satisfactory progress in the student's coursework is a prerequisite for placement in the Practicum.

Advanced Standing and Transfer Credits

Advanced Standing and transfer credits may be granted to students who provide evidence of equivalent course(s) completed at McGill University or elsewhere. Students should note that courses taken more than five (5) years ago will not be recognized for Advanced Standing. Permission must be obtained from the program director concerned. Normally, a maximum of 9 credits is permitted. In order for credits to be accepted, a grade of C or better must have been obtained.


Academic advisers are available to answer inquiries by calling the appropriate department.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2014-2015 (last updated Apr. 15, 2014) (disclaimer)
School of Continuing Studies—2014-2015 (last updated Apr. 15, 2014) (disclaimer)