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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.

Policies and forms


 Important dates

Terms and Deadlines Spring 2018
May 1 - August 31
Fall 2018
September 1 - December 31
Winter 2019
January 1 - April 30
Graduate Open Class Enrolment Begins March 27 (T)  August 2 (Th) December 3 (M)
Term Begins May 1 (T) September 1 (S) January 1 (T)
Co-operative Work Term Begins May 1 (T) September 4 (T) January 7 (M)
Classes Begin May 1 (T) September 6 (Th) January 7 (M)
100% Tuition Refund Deadline May 22 (T) September 26 (W) January 25 (F)
Mid-Term Study Break N/A October 9, 10 (T, W) February 19-22 (T-F)
Make-up Day(s) for in-term holidays and Mid-Term Study Break May 22 (T), July 25 (W) October 11, 12 (Th, F), December 3 (M) N/A
Graduate Open Class Enrolment Ends May 28 (M) TBA TBA
Convocation June 12-16 (T-S) October 26, 27 (F, S)* N/A
50% Tuition Refund Deadline June 19 (T) October 24 (W) February 15 (F)
Registration/Enrolment Closes - Last day for students to pay fees/enrol or change status June 30 (S) November 1 (Th) February 1 (F)
Government Reporting Date June 30 (S) November 1 (Th) February 1 (F)
Classes End July 25 (W) December 3 (M) April 5 (F)
Pre-Examination Study Days July 26, 27 (Th, F) December 4, 5 (T, W) April 8, 9 (M, T)
On-Campus Examinations Begin July 28 (S) December 6 (Th) April 10 (W)
Online Class Examination Days July 28 (S), August 3 (F) December 7, 8 (F, S) April 12, 13 (F, S)
On-Campus Examinations End August 11 (S) December 21 (F) April 27 (S)
Co-operative Work Term Ends August 24 (F) December 21 (F) April 26 (F)
Program Completion Deadline for Convocation (see below) Fall Convocation
August 31 (F)
Spring Convocation
April 30, 2019 (T)
Spring Convocation
April 30 (T)
Grades available on Quest September 1 (S) January 1 (T) May 1 (W)
Table of convocation ceremonies and deadlines
Convocation ceremony Deadline
Spring Convocation
April 30 - for students degree completing in the Fall (Sept-Dec) and Winter (Jan-April) terms
Fall Convocation
August 31 - for students degree completing in the Spring (May-Aug) term
Holidays Spring 2018 Fall 2018 Winter 2019
Victoria Day May 21 (M) N/A N/A
Canada Day July 2 (M) N/A N/A
Civic Holiday August 6 (M) N/A N/A
Labour Day N/A September 3 (M) N/A
Thanksgiving Day N/A October 8 (M) N/A
Closure for the Holiday Season N/A December 24-28, 31 (M-F, M) N/A
New Year's Day N/A N/A January 1 (T)
Family Day N/A N/A February 18 (M)
Good Friday N/A N/A April 19 (F)