FAQs relating to graduate studies and postdoctoral fellowships
The School of Graduate Studies offers guidance and services to students, staff and faculty. Below are answers to commonly asked questions relating to graduate studies and postdoctoral fellowships.
Information regarding program curriculum information and academic regulations can be found in the Graduate Calendar. Students with questions specific to their program or progress should contact their graduate program director or assistant. Peer support and networking opportunities are available through GradProSkills and Student Services. We also remind students that mental and physical health support is available.
Please note that this page will be updated continuously.
International students should refer to Concordia’s International Student FAQs
School of Graduate Studies Admissions Statement
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the world in a few short months. While every aspect of life has been altered for us all, it is our students (both current and future) who have faced the most severe challenges.
Concordia’s School of Graduate Studies recognizes the urgency of this transformation and fully supports more flexible admissions policies to allow for a more holistic interpretation of candidates. Applications will be reviewed within the context of the pandemic, and applicants are encouraged to illustrate their individual circumstances in their personal statements.
At the height of the pandemic, the university allowed students to choose a PASS notation rather than a letter grade for one course per term. Since it was conceived of as an emergency, short-term measure, the PASS notation is no longer an option.
If you find yourself struggling with a class, remember you do have the option of dropping it before the DNE or DISC deadlines.
Please note that some courses at Concordia, most notably at the graduate level, were designed to use a PASS/FAIL grading system, rather than a letter grade. For those courses only, the PASS notation remains in effect.
In the case of a course for which you receive a grade of F, you may not convert the F to DISC. The F grade will remain on your transcript.
The academic progress of graduate students is assessed at the end of every term. To be considered in good standing, students in doctoral programs must maintain the F Rule, C Rule and an Assessment Grade Point Average (AGPA) of at least 3.00 based on a minimum of 12 credits. Students in master's, graduate diploma and graduate certificate programs must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.70. Independent and Visiting students are only subject to the F Rule.
Awards and funding
Visit the Thesis Office for information about all other matters relating to thesis submission and defence.
All graduate students will have recurring access to campus once they:
- Obtain authorization from their supervisor/department
- Complete a mandatory COVID-19 Pandemic Safety Training and quiz (via Moodle)
- Complete the COVID-19 Safety Pledge
The links for the COVID-19 safety training an pledge can also be found in the Student Hub's My CU Account page. Compliance with the COVID-19 Pandemic Safety training and Self-Evaluation Pledge is verified upon entering campus.
Graduate students will have recurring access to their offices, as they did pre-COVID.
For more information about access to the library, refer to the Library's Covid-19 page.