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Registration for Research Stream Programs

What is the difference between enrolment and registration? To enrol, you add courses. To register, you pay your tuition and incidental fees, or register without payment (defer fees). Please visit our Tuition Fees page for detailed information, including deadlines to register, service charge dates, and how to pay or defer (request to register without payment) fees.

Continuous Registration

Students in any Research Stream program (FOR MScF, FOR PhD, ALD PhD), who are still within the maximum allowable time for the degree program (normal time limit plus maximum extension years) must register continuously until all degree requirements have been fulfilled.

Failure to Register

Students who fail to register during a program requiring continuity of registration and who do not have an approved leave may only apply to re-register if, at the time of application, they are still within the maximum allowable time for the degree program (normal time limit plus maximum extension years). A student wishing to re-register must apply to the relevant graduate unit.

Re-registration requires approval from both the graduate unit and SGS. The program's normal requirements and time limits (as defined by regulation 5.5 Time Limit) will apply to reinstated students as if they had been continuously registered; reinstated students must pay fees owing for any session(s) in which they did not register. Non-registered students forfeit any funding that would have been available had they been registered. Students will not receive credit for work completed during a session in which they have not registered.

Registration Eligibility

We make every effort to ensure that registration material is only sent to students who are eligible to register. However, receiving it does not override any other notification you received about your academic status and eligibility.

You can register if you are a:

  • New student who has contacted your home graduate unit to clear the outstanding conditions indicated on your Offer of Admission letter

  • Continuing student who is within the time limit for your degree program

  • Student with no outstanding U of T tuition fees

You are considered registered as soon as you have paid tuition and incidental fees or have requested to register without payment (i.e., fee deferral). For information on registering without payment (i.e. fee deferral), visit the Graduate Fees section of the SGS website.

Leave of Absence

Graduate students may apply to their Graduate Coordinator for a one-session to three-session leave of absence during their program of study. The leave period is not included in the time limit for completion of the degree. A leave of absence is not permitted in your first session of registration. You must be registered for a minimum of one session prior to requesting a leave of absence. For more information please review the leave of absence information on the SGS website.

If you require a leave from your Daniels program, complete the request for leave of absence form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar and Student Services for consideration.

Extension of Time for Completion of Degree Requirements

Master's Students
In exceptional circumstances, a master's student who did not complete all the requirements for the degree within the time limit specified in the degree regulations may be considered for a maximum of three one-year extensions provided that the graduate unit concerned so approves. The first two extension requests require departmental approvals; the third requires departmental and School of Graduate Studies approvals.

To apply for an extension, the student must complete the Program Extension form and present to the graduate unit concerned the causes for the delay. If an extension request is made for a third and final extension, the student and the department must each provide confirmation that the degree requirements can be met within the time limits of the final extension. No registration beyond the extension period will be permitted.

Doctoral Students
In exceptional circumstances, a doctoral student who has not completed all the requirements for the degree within the time limit for the doctoral degree is eligible to apply for four one-year extensions. The first two extension requests require graduate unit approvals; the second two require graduate unit and School of Graduate Studies approvals.

To qualify for an extension, the student must complete the Program Extension form and present to the graduate unit concerned the causes for the delay. If an extension request is made for a fourth and final extension, the student, the supervisor, and the department must each provide confirmation that the degree requirements can be met within the time limits of the final extension. No registration beyond the four-year extension period will be permitted.

Program Withdrawal

If you're planning to withdraw, carefully consider your decision and discuss it with your Advisor/Supervisor and Graduate Coordinator. If you do decide to withdraw, complete the Program Withdrawal form and submit it to your graduate unit.

If you withdraw from your program, you may re-apply in the future by completing a new application. Your graduate unit may allow for some coursework completed prior to withdrawal to be counted as credit toward the new degree program.

Depending upon when you withdraw, you may receive a fees rebate. A refund schedule is available at Student Accounts. You may be required to refund all or a portion of your funding and/or awards to the University. Contact your graduate unit with any funding-related questions and the Graduate Awards Office at SGS with any awards-related questions