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Fall term 2020 resources for graduate students

Note: Because of the evolving nature of the COVID-19 situation, the information provided on this page is as accurate as possible at the time of publication and will be updated as needed (Last updated: June 24, 2020).

Graduate Courses - Research - GAs/TAs - General HelpInternational Students - Prospective Students (GRE and GMAT)Online learning resources

Graduate Courses

All courses and final exams will be offered primarily in an online format for Fall 2020. If your courses are online, you will not need to come to campus in Fall 2020. For everyone’s safety, exceptions are being kept to a minimum. You will be able to see when you register whether any of your courses are face-to-face, and we are anticipating very few on campus courses for graduate students. For thesis and dissertation courses, access to facilitities will fall under the University's plan for the resumption of research activity. Please see articles on graduate research.


If you are in the midst of a research project that has been or will be affected by circumstances related to COVID-19, we encourage you to discuss with your supervisor whether you have enough data or samples to meet the learning outcomes of the degree. If you do not please work with your supervisor and department regarding the resumption of research activities in consultation with the directives and guidelines on research posted by the university.

The University's plan for the resumption of research is in effect June 1, 2020. Please review this plan with your advisor to see where your research will fall with respect to the phased approach. The progression of timelines for resumption will be done in accordance with Provincial guidelines.

Review the University's plan for the resumption of research (PDF).

All defenses are moving ahead and are being hosted through Microsoft Teams or Zoom. Please speak with your graduate coordinator for more information. 

Graduate/Teaching Assistants

Graduate/Teaching Assistants may be required to be on campus to support class activities (e.g., lab demonstration). In these situations there will be no face-to-face interaction with students and appropriate physical distancing will be practiced.

Graduate/ Teaching Assistantships that involve face-to-face responsibilities will be identified accordingly in position postings.

If you already have a study or work permit and a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN) you are eligible to apply for postings for which you are qualified. If your SIN has expired please contact Human Resources directly at

GAs and TAs in online courses can have a number of roles in supporting the course, just as they can in on-campus courses including marking some of the assessments, answering questions, running tutorials and office hours. Your instructor will set the specific tasks your GAs or TAs will undertake in the course.

  • GATA Network workshops are periodically offered to graduate assistants and teaching assistants in all departments - view current workshops.
  • Information on the GATA Network workshops, office hours and contact information is posted on the Wiki site under "GATA Support" 
  • Virtual Drop-in: the GATA Network is hosting virtual drop-in office hours to help support GAs/TAs in their transition to supporting online teaching. Drop-in office hours are currently on-going. Access to virtual office hours through BlackBoard Collaborate at this link:
  • Individual Meetings through GATA Network: Individual meetings can be arranged for those who cannot attend the pre-set office hours. To set-up an individual meeting please email the GATA Network Coordinators, Laura Chittle ( or Elizabeth Ismail ( or
  • GATAcademy is a free full-day professional development event exclusively for current and prospective graduate and teaching assistants. Workshops will feature material and activities for both new and experienced GAs/TAs that will help them improve their teaching and be more proficient in their role. Topics include using Blackboard Collaborate, being a GA/TA online, best practices in grading and feedback, and more! The unique characteristic of this event is that it is facilitated by GAs for GAs and TAs. As well, some sessions feature GA and faculty members co-facilitating workshops.

In Fall 2020, GATAcademy will be held completely online, as a week-long event from August 31st-September 4th, 2020.  For more information on this and other events coordinated by the GATA Network, please visit

General Help

A variety of resources and FAQs regarding Fall 2020 are evailable from

Please contact the graduate support staff or graduate coordinator for your program. They will be identified on the program homepage.

The physical office in Chrysler Hall tower is not currently open. Our staff however are working remotely. You may reach us for all inquiries at the Faculty of Graduate Studies contacts.

Transcripts are due before the end of your first term of registration. Please consult your offer letter. Digital transcripts can be sent to

International Students

A variety of resources and FAQs for international students regarding Fall 2020 are evailable from

With Fall 2020 being primarily online you are welcome to start your program from outside of Canada. You will connect remotely to your classes to access lectures and course materials.

A study permit is not required to start a program of study outside of Canada, however, this time would not be counted towards Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) eligibility or the length of the PGWP issued. A study permit is required to travel to Canada to continue studies.

Eligibility will not be affected for international students who have/have been approved for a study permit who begin spring, summer or fall 2020 courses online due to travel restrictions related to COVID-19. Students in this situation may begin their classes while outside Canada and complete up to 50% of their program via distance learning. In addition, they will not have time deducted from the length of a future post-graduation work permit for studies completed outside of Canada, up to December 31, 2020.

The University is supporting two tests that can be completed from your home.

  1. Duolingo English Test (DET) with a minimum score of 120 will satisfy your english requirement. Only tests taken after July 15, 2019 will be considered. Please check the DET website.   
  2. TOEFL iBT is available in a limited number of countries. Please check the TOEFL iBT website and the qualifying score will be the one defined by the program to which you are applying.

As per the travel ban exemptions, only international students issued study permits or study permit approvals on or before March 18, 2020 can travel to Canada at this time.

Prospective Students - GRE and GMAT

For prospective graduate applicants who are required to sit for the GRE, the University will accept the GRE General Test at Home as a temporary alternative to the GRE to assess the verbal and quantitative reasoning and analytical writing of applicants in countries where delivery of the GRE has been suspended due to Covid-19. There is no change to our required mimum scores for either version of the test.
For prospective graduate business applicants who are required to sit for the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), the University will accept the GMAT Online exam, an interim, online, proctored solution. There is no change to our required minimum scores for either version of the test. Appointments for the GMAT Online began on April 20, 2020 and extend through June 15, 2020.

Online learning resources

A new website has also been launched to provide resources on online learning and upcoming webinars:

A variety of learnign and teaching resources are available from the CTL website: 


The GATA Network is busy preparing for the transition of support by graduate students to the online platforms: