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Time Limit

The changing nature of the subject matter requires that the degree of MSc IS must be completed within five academic years. In exceptional circumstances this time limit may be waived with approval from the Program Director. Students authorized to extend their programs will be required to replace credit for courses that are deemed to have lost their currency. In no circumstances will students be allowed to extend the program by more than two years.

Program Extension

If a student is unable to complete the program within the expected maximum number of years for completion, a program extension may be considered. Requests for an extension will be considered only under compelling circumstances.

The maximum length of a program extension is one (1) year. In exceptional circumstances students may reapply if additional time is necessary.

For further information on Program Extension Requests please refer to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Graduate Handbook.

A program extension (continuation) fee will be paid by the student upon approval of the program extension.

Program Deferral

While enrolled in the program there may be situations in which students are temporarily unable to meet the program requirements at that time. One alternative for the student is to request a deferral in order to suspend the program requirements for a period of time. The maximum length of one deferral is one (1) year. In special circumstances, students may reapply for a second year of deferral during their time in their program. For further information on Program Deferrel Requests please refer to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Graduate Handbook.

Updated June 30 2014 by FST Technical Staff

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