Jul 25, 2024  
School of Graduate Studies Calendar, 2024-2025 
School of Graduate Studies Calendar, 2024-2025

Sessional Dates 2024-2025

September - December 2024
September - October, 2024 (1HF)
November - December 2024 (2HF)
January - April, 2025
January - February, 2025 (1HF)
March - April, 2025(2HF)

May - August, 2025

May - June 2025 (1HF)

July-August 2025 (2HF)

On-Time Registration Tuesday, June 25 to
Thursday, August 1
Thursday, November 21 to
Thursday, December 5
Thursday, March 27 to
Thursday, April 10
Class Start Dates * Classes begin on or after September 1, 2024- check with program for details Classes begin on or after  January 2, 2025- check with program for details Class start dates vary - check with program for details
Late Registration (late fees apply) August 2 to
 September 6
December 6 to
January 2
April 11 to
April 25
Final Dates to Add Courses:
  Multi-term Courses September 20    
  Single-term or 1HF Courses September 20 January 24 May 9
  2HF Course October 18 February 28 June 20
Final Dates to Drop Courses: **
  Multi-term Courses February 21 July 25  
  Single-term Courses November 8 March 21 July 11
  1HF Courses October 4 February 7 June 6
  2HF Courses December 6 April 4 August 1
Final Dates to Submit Grades:
  Multi-term Courses   May 1 September 1
  Single-term Courses January 6 May 1 September 1
  1HF Courses October 18 February 21 September 1
  2HF Courses January 3 May 1 September 1
Final Date to Submit Results of Incomplete (INC) Grades for Previous Term with Permission of Associate Dean

March 3

July 4 November 3
Deadline for Term Work to Be Submitted December 21 April 25 August 29



FALL 2024

FALL 2025
Final Date to Initiate Thesis Defence in Mosaic*** June 21
January 17
(Health Sci.)
 February 7
(All others)
June 27
Final Date to Submit Master’s Theses to Departments (Prior to Defense) August 2 March 3 August 1
Final Date to File Theses with Graduate Studies and Complete Degree Requirements****  
  - Faculty of Health Sciences September 27 April 5 September 26
  - All Other Faculties September 27 April 25 September 26

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 https://www.mcmaster.ca/policy/Students-AcademicStudies/AcademicAccommodation-Observances.pdf

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. 

Programs may establish earlier deadlines to add/drop courses but these dates must clearly be communicated to students. Students taking courses outside of their home program of study, must follow the rules of the program in which the course is offered. 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.

Note: The university will not be holding classes on September 30th in observance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

*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 2.5.8 (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 Late Add Form. 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.

***Please note the following black-out periods in which standard Ph.D. defences cannot be scheduled: December 14th to January 8th inclusive and August 16th to 20th inclusive.  Please refer to the SGS website for information about the timeline for scheduling your defence with these dates in mind. There is more flexibility with respect to when accelerated defences are initiated but they still must be scheduled with the Final Date to File Theses with Graduate Studies and Complete Degree Requirements in mind.

****A final thesis is the corrected, approved version of the thesis which is uploaded to MacSphere 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: