9.2. MSc Coursework. All MSc students must complete four graduate 3.0 credit courses (total of 12 credits required) with a minimum standing of 70% in each course. Courses from other institutions or faculties may sometimes be transferred for credit toward an MSc but only after recommendation from the Graduate Studies Committee and approval by the Science Graduate Council and the School of Graduate Studies.
In certain instances, one 3.0 credit graduate course may be obtained by taking an advanced undergraduate (6.0 or 3.0 credit) course. In general, only 400-level undergraduate courses should be taken for graduate credit but if no suitable course is available, a 300-level can sometimes be taken. In all cases, students taking an undergraduate course for graduate credit must do additional work to bring the coursework up to graduate level. Students wishing to take one undergraduate 3.0 credit course for graduate credit must request permission in writing from the Graduate Studies Committee, stating reasons for the course of choice and what extra work will be required to raise the level of coursework. This then requires permission of the Graduate School.
9.3. Course Failure. A student who fails to obtain 70% in a graduate course taken for their degree program is normally asked to withdraw. In some cases, the student's supervisory committee may recommend to the Graduate Coordinator that the student should:
- repeat the course requirements (examinations, term papers, etc) within one year after original examination, or
- repeat the course, or
- take a substitute course.
Such a recommendation should be made in writing to the Graduate Coordinator within one month of the grade being announced, outlining possible reasons for the student's failure in the course. The Graduate Coordinator will then send this request to the Chair of the Science Graduate Council for approval. If the request is not approved by the Science Graduate Council, the student will be asked to withdraw.