Graduate Program and Degree Requirements

The University reserves the right to modify the academic programs and regulations at its discretion. The most current information is available from the School of Graduate Studies website. Each program may have specific regulations in addition to those listed below.

Program Regulations

Program of Studies 

The Program of Studies shall meet program requirements as approved by Senate, and includes the required courses, work terms or other practice-based components, any competency exams, scholarly components, or other requirements. The School of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Program Coordinator/Chair prepare a Program of Study for each student. The Program of Study must be approved before the student registers in the program and must include all program course requirements. 

Program Requirements

Scholarly Content

All graduate programs at Nipissing University have a defined scholarly research component, which may take the form of a Thesis, an MRP, or a Research Project and Seminar.

Where appropriate for the discipline or field, another specified activity designed to test the acquisition of analytical and interpretive skills may be used. This may include a series of shorter research papers within courses, an exhibit of works, or a creative performance. In such cases, the appropriate scholarly content must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.

Practice-based Content

Where appropriate and possible, graduate programs at Nipissing have a defined practice-based component. This includes a co-op work program, a practicum, a work-term, a professional, community-or industry-based project/paper or Thesis, or some other form of practice-based or service-learning assessment.


With the exception of MRPs or Theses and courses with a Pass/Fail grade, the standardized grading system for graduate courses at Nipissing University is:

A+ 90-100%  
A 85-<90%  
A- 80-<85%  
B+ 76-<80%  
B 70-<76%  
F <70%  

Graduate students must receive a grade of 70% or higher to receive credit for a course; however, each program may have further specific degree requirements.

Required Withdrawal from University

  • Students who receive a final mark of less than 70% in one graduate course will be placed on academic probation. If the course is a required one, students MUST repeat the course and obtain at least 70% in the repeated course.
  • If a student receives a final mark of less than 70% in two graduate courses, the student will be required to withdraw from the University.
  • Students who are required to withdraw from the University will not be eligible to receive funding for the remainder of the year.
  • Students who are required to be withdrawn from the University for academic reasons and who wish to re-apply may do so after one calendar year following the required withdrawal date.

Appeals of Academic Decisions

Appeals normally are heard regarding possible inequities in the process used in grading. Should a student not be satisfied with an awarded grade, he or she may appeal using the appeal process found within the Academic Calendar.


Time-to-Completion Regulations

Academic Year

The School of Graduate Studies operates on a trimester basis, with three terms defined as: Fall Term (September to December); Winter Term (January to April); and Spring/Summer Term (May to August). The academic year begins with a Fall Term followed by a Winter Term.

*Part-time is only available to those admitted on or before 2013

A year is based on three terms: fall, winter, spring/summer

Students may apply for degree extensions, one term at a time, beyond the program duration.  Degree extensions are subject to approval.




MRP Full-Time

Thesis Full-Time


Doctor of Philosophy in Education


4 years                       


Master of Arts in History

1 year


1 year + 6 flex terms (total: 3 years)

Master of Arts in Sociology

1 year

2 years

1 year + 6 flex terms (total: 3 years, MRP route)

2 years + 6 flex terms (total: 4 years, thesis route)

Master of Science in Mathematics

1 year

2 years

2 years + 6 flex terms (total: 4 years, thesis route only)

Master of Science in Kinesiology


2 years

2 years + 6 flex terms (total: 4 years)

Master of Environmental Science/Studies

1 year

2 years

2 years + 6 flex terms (total: 4 years, thesis route only)

Master of Education

(Course route, MRP route, and Thesis route)

2 years

2 years

2 years + 6 flex terms (total: 4 years)





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