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MA Handbook

We are pleased to welcome you to the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo! We hope that you find your experience here to be rich and rewarding. This handbook provides a brief overview of some of the most important information you will need as you start out on your graduate student journey – please feel free to let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

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 Important dates

Events and deadlines Fall 2016 (Sept 1 - Dec 31) Winter 2017 (Jan 1 - Apr 30) Spring 2017 (May 1 - Aug 31)
Graduate open class enrolment begins Aug 4 Nov 29 March 27
Department orientation Sept 7    
Lectures begin Sept 8 Jan 3 May 1
Department 100% tuition refund deadline Sept 28 Jan 23 May 19
Walrus award application deadline Oct 1    
Enrolment ends | Last day for students to pay fees/enrol or change status Nov 1 Feb 1 June 30
Department Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) application deadline   Feb 1  
Department Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) doctoral application deadline Nov 10    
Department 50% tuition refund deadline Oct 26 Feb 21 June 16
Course drop/add deadline Oct 21 Feb 10 June 8
Study break Oct 11-12 Feb 15-19  
Department co-op application deadline Oct 28    
Department major research paper (MRP)/thesis proposal deadline Nov 4    
Department SSHRC master application deadline Dec 1    
Lectures end Dec 5 Apr 3 July 24
Final exam proctoring duties Dec 8 - 22 Apr 7 - 25 Aug 1 - 12
Department deadline for convocation Spring Convocation Apr 30 Spring Convocation Apr 30

Fall Convocation Aug 31

 Grades available on Quest Dec 23 Apr 26 Aug 13

The university will be closed on the following holidays.  No classes will be scheduled during these dates.

Holidays Fall 2016 ( Sept 1 - Dec 31) Winter 2017 ( Jan 1 - Apr 30) Spring 2017 (May 1 - Aug 31)
Labour Day Sept 5    
Thanksgiving Day Oct 10    
 Winter Break Dec 26 - 30    
New Years Day   Jan 2  
Family Day   Feb 20  
Good Friday   Apr 14  
Victoria Day     May 22
Canada Day     July 1
Civic Holiday      Aug 7