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 Nursing - Advanced Practice Specialization
  • Master of Nursing - Nurse Practitioner Specialization
  • 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 between a minimum of 9 and a maximum of 12 consecutive terms (3 - 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.
  • Flexible full-time students may complete the program requirements in a minimum of 3 years if the schedule and timetable allow. Flex-time students must complete all academic requirements in 4 years (12 terms).

Doctoral students in the Flex-time PhD in Health Sciences program are expected to complete all requirements within 24 terms (8 years) as follows:

  • Twelve (12) terms (4 years) of continuous full-time registration;
  • Up to twelve (12) additional terms of continuous registration, during which no fees are required.

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.