Full-Time Vs Flex-Time

Standard Full-Time Period of Study

Students in a Master's program are expected to complete all requirements within six terms (2 years) of continuous full-time registration.

Students in a PhD program are expected to complete all requirements within 12 terms (4 years) of continuous full-time registration.

Flex-Time Period of Study

The Flex-time option is only available to students in the following programs:

  • Master of Education
  • Master of Health Sciences
  • Master of Public Health 
  • Master of Public Health with Specialization in Nursing and;
  • PhD in Health Sciences

Master's students in this option are expected to complete all requirements within 12 consecutive terms (4 years) as follows:

  • Six (6) terms (2 years) of continuous full-time registration;
  • Up to six (6) additional terms of continuous registration, during which no fees are required.

Students in the PhD Health Sciences program can be admitted to the Flex Option of twelve (12) additional terms of continuous registration (24 terms flexible full-time total). 

As the flex time option is intended for working professionals, students will not  be considered for financial support from the University, but are eligible to apply for and receive Tri-Council (i.e., CIHR, SSHRC, and NSERC) and Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) funding within the first twelve terms of their program. Note that students will not be permitted to change from the Standard Option to the Flex Option, and vice versa.

Master Level Co-operative Programs

For co-op students in a Master's program, the duration of the co-op placement will be added to the time limits of the Standard Full-Time Period of Study.