A student who has not yet completed a bachelor's degree or a program that leads to a bachelor's degree. A graduate student has completed a bachelor's degree and is working toward a master's degree or doctorate.
A diploma is a 30-credit second-cycle program which has, as a prerequisite for admission, an undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) in any discipline, and for which faculty approval rests with the teaching faculty.
A graduate diploma is a 30-credit second-cycle program which has, as a prerequisite for admission, an undergraduate or graduate degree (or an equivalent) in the same or a related discipline, and for which faculty approval rests with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
A Graduate Certificate is a program of fewer than 30 credits but no less than 15 credits, has an undergraduate degree as a prerequisite, and for which faculty approval rests with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
A Professional Development Certificate is a non-credit micro-program of no less than 12 Continuing Education Units (120 hours) of study with focus on acquisition of practical in-demand knowledge and skills.
The micro-programs are primarily targeted at professionals who already have some experience in a specific industry or professional field and wish to sharpen their professional skills and competencies, as well as validate them through academic recognition.
One (1) Continuing Education Unit (CEU) equals ten (10) contact hours of learner interaction with the content of the learning activity, which includes classroom, self-paced instruction, pre/post assignments, and/or homework in support of a learning outcome.
The School of Continuing Studies uses the credit system, where each course is assigned a credit rating reflecting the number of weekly contact hours. In general, a three-credit course indicates three hours of lectures per week for one term, but this does not apply to all faculties. Laboratory contact hours usually count for fewer credits. Credits also reflect the amount of effort required of students and generally assume two hours of personal study for each contact hour. The credit weight of each course is indicated in parentheses beside the course title.
In-Class: Each class is delivered in a physical environment and is led by one or more instructors.
Live Online: Each class is delivered entirely online and is led by one or more instructors using live virtual conferencing.
Dual-Mode: Each class is delivered in a physical environment by one or more instructors and simultaneously transmitted online using live virtual conferencing. Students are asked to select a mode of delivery during the course registration process.
Self-directed Online: A course in which students learn at their own pace, autonomously, without the intervention of an instructor or tutor.
Blended: A combination of class activities led by one or more instructors in a physical or a virtual environment and self-directed online activities completed autonomously by students.