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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

Table of academic term deadlines
Terms and Deadlines Winter 2018
January 1 - April 30
Spring 2018
May 1 - August 31
Fall 2018
September 1 - December 31
Graduate Open Class Enrolment Begins November 29 (W) March 27 (T)  TBA
Term Begins January 1 (M) May 1 (T) September 1 (S)
Co-operative Work Term Begins January 2 (T) May 1 (T) TBA
Classes Begin January 3 (W) May 1 (T) TBA
100% Tuition Refund Deadline January 23 (T) May 22 (T) TBA
Graduate Open Class Enrolment Ends January 30 (T)* May 28 (M)* TBA
Registration/Enrolment Closes - Last day for students to pay fees/enrol or change status February 1 (Th) June 30 (S) TBA
Government Reporting Date February 1 (Th) June 30 (S) November 1 (Th)
Study Days  February 19-23 (M-F) N/A TBA
50% Tuition Refund Deadline February 20 (T) June 19 (T) TBA
Convocation N/A June 12-16 (T-S) TBA
Classes End April 4 (W) July 25 (W) TBA
Make-up Day(s) for in-term holidays and Study Days April 4 (W) May 22 (T), July 25 (W) TBA
Pre-Examination Study Days April 5, 6 (Th, F) July 26, 27 (Th, F) TBA
On-Campus Examinations Begin April 9 (M) July 28 (S) TBA
Online Class Examination Days April 13, 14 (F, S) July 28 (S), August 3 (F) TBA
On-Campus Examinations End April 24 (T) August 11 (S) TBA
Co-operative Work Term Ends April 27 (F) August 24 (F) TBA
Program Completion Deadline for Convocation (see below) Spring Convocation
April 30 (M)
Fall Convocation
August 31 (F)
Spring Convocation
April 30, 2019 (T)
Grades available on Quest May 1 (T) September 1 (S) January 1 (T)

*The following dates were corrected on 12/21/2017.

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
Table of holidays
Holidays Winter 2018 Spring 2018 Fall 2018
New Year's Day January 1 (M) N/A N/A
Family Day February 19 (M) N/A N/A
Good Friday March 30 (F) N/A N/A
Victoria Day N/A May 21 (M) N/A
Canada Day N/A July 2 (M) N/A
Civic Holiday N/A August 6 (M) N/A
Labour Day N/A N/A September 3 (M)
Thanksgiving Day N/A N/A October 8 (M)
Closure for the Holiday Season N/A N/A December 24-28, 31 (M-F, M)