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    McMaster University
  Feb 21, 2018
School of Graduate Studies Calendar, 2017-2018

Sessional Dates 2017-2018

Sept.- Dec., 2017
Sept. - Oct., 2017 (1HF)
Nov. - Dec., 2017 (2HF)
Jan. - April, 2018
Jan. - Feb., 2018 (1HF)
March - April, 2018 (2HF)

May - August, 2018


On-Time Registration Tuesday, July 25 to
Tuesday, August 29
Thursday, November 30 to
Thursday, December 14
Thursday, April 5 to
Thursday, April 19
Class Start Dates * Classes begin after September 4, 2017 - check with program for details Classes begin after  January 2, 2018 - check with program for details Class start dates vary - check with program for details
Late Registration Wednesday August 30 to
Monday, September 11
Friday, December 15 to
Tuesday, January 2
Friday, April 20 to
Tuesday, May 1
Final Dates to Add Courses:
  6 Unit Courses Friday, September 29    
  3 Unit Courses or 1.5 Unit Courses (1HF) Friday, September 29  Friday, January 26 Friday, May 18
  1.5 Unit Courses (2HF) Friday, October 27 Friday, March 2 Friday, June 29
Final Dates to Drop Courses: **
  6 Unit Courses Friday, January 5   Friday, August 24
  3 Unit Courses Friday, October 6 Friday, February 2 Friday, June 8
  1.5 Unit Courses (1HF) Friday, September 29 Friday, January 26 Friday, June 8
  1.5 Unit Courses (2HF) Friday, November 3 Friday, March 9 Friday, July 13
Final Dates to Submit Grades:
  6 Unit Courses   Friday, May 4 Friday, August 24
  3 Unit Courses Thursday, January 4 Friday, May 4 Friday, August 24
  1.5 Unit Courses (1HF) Friday, October 27 Friday, March 2 Friday, August 24
  1.5 Unit Courses (2HF) Thursday, January 4 Friday, May 4 Friday, August 24
Final Date to Submit Results of Incomplete (INC) Grades for Previous Term with Permission of Associate Dean

Friday, March 9

Friday, July 13

Friday, November 9


  FALL 2017 SPRING 2018 FALL 2018
Final Date to Submit Ph.D. Theses to Graduate Studies (Prior to Defense) Friday, July 14
 Tuesday, Feb. 6
(Health Sci.)
Tuesday, Feb. 20
(All others)
Friday, July 13
Final Date to Submit Master’s Theses to Departments (Prior to Defense) Friday, August 11 Friday, March 9 Friday, August 10
Final Date to File Theses with Graduate Studies and Complete Degree Requirements***  
  - Faculty of Health Sciences Friday, September 29th  Thursday, April 5th (except Nursing) Sunday, September 30th
  - All Other Faculties Friday, September 29th  Thursday, April 26 (including Nursing) Sunday, September 30th

The University welcomes and includes students, staff, and faculty from a wide range of cultural, traditional, and spiritual beliefs. As per the Policy on Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances, the University will arrange reasonable accommodation of the needs of students who observe religious holy days other than those already accommodated by ordinary scheduling and statutory holidays. For more information, please refer to

Graduate students may only enroll in undergraduate courses with the approval of their supervisor or graduate program. Students are responsible for meeting the deadlines and requirements of the undergraduate course as presented in class and in the undergraduate calendar. Graduate students will be graded under the graduate grading scale. Students should consult the undergraduate calendar for enrolment.

Programs may establish earlier deadlines to add/drop courses but these dates must clearly be communicated to students. Please note that the last date to cancel a course or registration with no academic penalty is not the same as the last date to be eligible for a refund.


*The precise dates of commencement of courses are determined by the program; students are urged to contact their program for details. SGS maintains the 13-week graduate instruction period; however, if a course does not fall into the traditional 13-week period, the graduate program will inform students of important dates and deadlines in the course syllabus. There is no official fall break or reading week for graduate students (except MBA). Students should check with their program and their course instructor(s) as to whether classes will be held during these periods. Please see sections 1.3 (Responsibilities of Graduate Students to the University) and 2.5.6 (Vacations) of the calendar for more information.

**All courses on a student’s record after these dates will require a grade. Exceptions require submission of a Petition for Special Consideration. Graduate programs may establish earlier deadlines for completion of course work and may prescribe penalties for late completion of work and for failure to complete work, provided that these penalties are announced at the time the instructor makes known to the class the methods by which student performance shall be evaluated.

***A final thesis is the corrected, approved version of thesis which is submitted to SGS following the Final Oral Examination. Note there is no grace period at the end of December or April for final thesis submission and completion of degree requirements.

Convocation Dates

Please consult the link below for convocation dates: