FAQs relating to graduate studies and postdoctoral fellowships
Please note that this page will be updated continuously.
Our goal at Concordia is first and foremost to ensure that the members of our communities are safe, and that we support the measures implemented by the Quebec government relating to the coronavirus pandemic. Faculty and staff continue to work to ensure the smoothest possible operations under these exceptional circumstances.
Below are answers to common questions; we encourage you to visit frequently as new information will be added as it becomes available.
School of Graduate Studies Admissions Statement
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the world in a few short months. Agile and judicious adaptation is needed to survive and thrive beyond these uncertain times on individual and institutional levels. 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.
The world has changed and the need for innovative researchers and thinkers has never been greater. It is our duty and our pride to welcome those who would undertake the challenge.
Winter 2020 term
Due to the challenging conditions caused by the pandemic, Concordia allowed students to choose either to receive a PASS/FAIL or a letter grade for courses completed in the Winter 2020 semester only. In addition, students who failed a class in the Winter 2020 semester will eventually receive a DISC notation. This includes courses that spanned the Fall/Winter 2020 terms.
A student’s decision, once submitted to the university, is irrevocable.
In all cases where students select a Pass or Fail (DISC) over a letter grade, it will not be included in the calculation of any GPA. In addition, Concordia transcripts will highlight the particular circumstances of this semester. However, students should consider that under certain circumstances, a letter grade may be more advantageous than a pass.
Timed online final exams
Awards and funding
Individuals with permission to return to campus will be required to complete an online self-evaluation form concerning their health and recent travels. If your lab is on the approved list for re-opening, details will be sent to you.
For more information about access to labs, refer to the Research FAQs.