Full-time and Part-time Qualifying Students

A full-time qualifying student is one who is registered in three or more half-credit undergraduate courses (or their equivalent) in any one academic term. A part-time qualifying student is one who is registered in less than three half-credit courses (or their equivalent) in any one academic term.

The qualifying program

Each qualifying year student will be assigned a faculty advisor. Before initial registration in the qualifying year, students should work out their complete program with an advisor designated by the department, and have it approved by the department. It should be reported on the qualifying year form and submitted to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office. Courses in the qualifying year will be undergraduate courses, normally taken at the honours level or an equivalent as determined by the department.

Normally, at the end of a qualifying year the applicant must have completed a total of 20 full-credit courses, of which 10 must be at the senior level in the area selected for graduate study.

After completing a qualifying year, students may apply for admission to the master's program. Successful completion of a qualifying year does not guarantee admission into the master's program.

Undergraduate Courses Cross-Registration at the University of Waterloo

The Joint Co-operative Advisory Council of Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo has established an agreement whereby undergraduate students of either university may cross-register to take undergraduate courses at the other institution. The main objective is to make available courses which currently are not offered at the student's home institution.

Cross-registration is also open to full-time qualifying students at Laurier. Students must register and pay all fees at the home institution, where they must obtain the signature of the department chairperson of the discipline in which they select the course. The cross-registration form is available in the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office.

Any timetable conflicts must be resolved between the student and the instructor involved. Examination conflicts must be resolved by the home institution. The basic academic regulations, prerequisites for courses, grading system, etc., of the university offering the course will apply.

Regulations concerning the date for adding or dropping a course, as well as petitions, are governed by the student's home institution.

Courses on Letter of Permission

Qualifying students may take undergraduate courses at another recognized university, provided a Letter of Permission has been obtained from the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office at Laurier prior to registration in such courses. A student's request for a Letter of Permission must be accompanied by a non-refundable fee.

If students do not, in fact, register for the course(s) specified in the Letter of Permission, they must notify the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office at Wilfrid Laurier University in writing before the start of the session indicated in the letter.

It is the students' responsibility to have a transcript of their final grades sent to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office of Laurier. If the transcript is not received within one month after completion of the course, a grade of F will be assigned to each course. The grade attained in the course taken on a Letter of Permission will be included in the cumulative grade point average (GPA).