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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

Terms and Deadlines Fall 2018
September 1 - December 31
Winter 2019
January 1 - April 30
Spring 2019
May 1 - August 31
Graduate Open Class Enrolment Begins August 2 (Th) December 3 (M) April 1 (M)*
Term Begins September 1 (S) January 1 (T) May 1 (W)
Co-operative Work Term Begins September 4 (T) January 7 (M) May 6 (M)
Classes Begin September 6 (Th) January 7 (M) May 6 (M)
100% Tuition Refund Deadline September 26 (W) January 25 (F) May 24 (F)
Graduate Open Class Enrolment Ends September 26 (W) January 27 (U) May 26 (U)*
Mid-Term Study Break October 9, 10 (T, W) February 19-22 (T-F) N/A
Make-up Day(s) for in-term holidays and Mid-Term Study Break October 11, 12 (Th, F), December 3 (M) N/A July 2 (T), July 29 (M), July 30 (T)
50% Tuition Refund Deadline October 24 (W) February 15 (F) June 21 (F)
Convocation October 26, 27 (F, S) N/A June 11-15 (T-S)
Government Reporting Date November 1 (Th) February 1 (F) June 30 (U)
Classes End December 3 (M) April 5 (F) July 30 (T)
Pre-Examination Study Days December 4, 5 (T, W) April 8, 9 (M, T) July 31 - August 1 (W-Th)
On-Campus Examinations Begin December 6 (Th) April 10 (W) August 2 (F)
Online Class Examination Days December 7, 8 (F, S) April 12, 13 (F, S) August 2 (F), August 10 (S)
On-Campus Examinations End December 21 (F) April 27 (S) August 16 (F)
Co-operative Work Term Ends December 21 (F) April 26 (F) August 23 (F)
Program Completion Deadline for Convocation (see below) Spring Convocation
April 30, 2019 (T)
Spring Convocation
April 30 (T)
Fall Convocation
August 31 (S)
Grades available on Quest December 22 (S) April 28 (U) August 17 (S)*

*The following dates were added on 09/11/2018.

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)