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Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Canada
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Graduate Student Handbook (Student's Guide)


View our Department of Chemistry Graduate Student Handbook!

Please note the new Graduate Candidacy Regulations, effective September 1, 2015.

General Information

For official rules and policies regarding graduate studies at the University of Calgary, please consult the Graduate Studies Calendar. We advise you to check this resource regularly for revisions.

International students seeking information specific to their needs and situation, particularly for information on study permits, working permits, etc, should consult the International Student Handbook.

For dates and information regarding the beginning and end of term, please consult the Academic Schedule. The Academic Schedule will include information on major university closures for national holidays, as well as key deadlines for course registration and program changes.

Your relationship with your supervisor is one of the most important of your academic career. Because of the importance of this relationship, the Faculty of Graduate Studies has a Policy Governing the Relationship between the Supervisor and Student. Students should consult this document and make efforts to clarify expectations with their supervisor before issues arise, if possible. In addition, My Grad Skills runs regular workshops to help you maintain a strong working relationship with your supervisor.

Important Forms

The Faculty of Graduate Studies provides a number of Forms for managing your program (e.g. auditing, withdrawal, change in program). Please consult this section of the FGS website if you need to make any changes regarding your program or courses.

All graduate students are expected to pay fees. The Fees and Payment Plan Options webpage provides a breakdown of those fees to keep you informed of where your fees go within the University. The webpage also provides links to the fee payment plan. Payment Plan applications require the approval of the Graduate Program Director and must meet deadlines prior to the date fees are due. If you wish to pay your fees via online banking, please consult the registrar's webpage regarding account numbers.

In order to be paid by the University of Calgary for any reason (TAships, scholarships, etc.), you must submit Banking Information for Direct Deposit. Once you submit this information, provided it does not change, the University is able to process payments from all sources without completing additional forms.

Application for Absence from Campus

If you find it necessary to request a leave from your graduate program, you may apply for on-leave status by completing the Application for Leave of Absence.

A Leave of Absence may be granted for reasons such as:

  • Bereavement
  • Care-giving responsibilities
  • Maternity
  • Medical requirements
  • Military service
  • Parental responsibilities
  • Political service

Rules and Regulations Handbook

All graduate students are reminded that the primary responsibility for the successful completion of their programs is theirs. Below, we have provided links to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Rules and Regulations for each degree program.

Thesis Information

The Faculty of Graduate Studies has specific rules and regulations regarding the submission of your final Thesis or Dissertation. Please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies thesis page for guidelines, templates, forms, submission information and other useful resources.