Important Dates

Academic dates and deadlines for PhD students in the Faculty of Environmental Studies

These dates are provided to assist you in managing the administrative requirements of your program. Please note that these dates are for the Faculty of Environmental Studies only. If you are taking courses through another graduate program at York you will need to be aware of their dates and deadlines (for example, during Reading Days at FES other programs may still hold classes).

Important Dates / Graduate Academic Calendar 2016 - 2017

Fall Term

June
7 Registration and enrolment begins for graduate students
August
16 Last date for incoming and continuing students to register for Fall term after which a
$200 late fee will be charged. Students who do not complete their course enrolment
by this deadline can continue to add courses without a financial penalty.
17 Late registration fee of $200 for Fall term applied
29-30 Orientation for incoming graduate students;
Advising for continuing students by appointment with faculty—deadline to enroll in
courses is Sept. 9
31 MES final examinations
September
1 Opening day of Fall term
1-2 MES final examinations
5 Holiday - Labour Day (university closed)
8 Fall term classes begin Re-orientation for continuing students (11:30 am -1:00 pm)
21 Last date to change courses without the permission of the course instructor
30 Withdrawal of unregistered graduate students and for students who withdraw
voluntarily -- 100% refund date for Fall term
October
5 Last date to add a course with permission of the course instructor
10 Holiday - Thanksgiving (university closed);
15 80% refund date for Fall term – for withdrawn students
19-21 Fall Convocation
24 Online registration for Fall term ends;
Last date for submission of incomplete course work from previous term
27-30 Reading days
31 40% refund date for Fall term – for withdrawn students
Last date for course instructors to change an Incomplete grade from the previous
term. If a grade change is not submitted, the “I” becomes a “U” (Unsatisfactory/Fail)
November
1 MES I-II Plan of Study due to advisor for review process
7 Last day to submit examinable Dissertation for defense in Fall 2016 to OSAS
11 Last date to drop course with a grade of “W” (withdrawn)
12 Grade of “U” applies to a dropped course
14 Last day to submit examinable Thesis for defense in Fall 2016 to OSAS
15 Deadline to submit Academic Petition for change of status for Winter 2017 term
(e.g., leave of absence, extension of time, etc.)
30 Deadline to submit examinable Major Project/Paper or Portfolio through the Dossier
system and to the Office of Student and Academic Services (OSAS);
Program withdrawal for failure to maintain continuous registration.
December
5 Fall term classes end;
Last day to submit Fall term work;
12 Doctoral/Masters Defense – Last day to hold exams in Fall 2016 term;
Last day to hold General exams for all MES students in Fall 2016.
15 Winter registration deadline after which a $200 late fee will be charged. Students
who do not complete their course enrolment by this deadline can continue to add
course without a financial penalty.
16 Late registration fee of $200 for Winter term applied
19 Submission of Thesis/Dissertation – Last date to upload electronic
Thesis/Dissertation for Fall 2016 term
23 Beginning of holiday break (university closed until January 2)
31 Closing day of Fall term.

Winter Term

January
1 Opening day of term
5 Winter term classes begin
6, 13 MES Final Examinations
10 Winter term fees due
18 Last date to change courses without permission of the course instructor
24 Online registration ends for Winter term
31 100% refund winter fee – for withdrawn students
March
TBC Summer 2017 registration and enrolment opens
10 Last date to drop course with a grade of “W” (withdrawn)
11 Grade of “U” applies to a dropped course
13 Last day to submit examinable Dissertation for defense in Winter 2017 to OSAS
15 Academic petition - deadline to submit change of status for Summer 2017
(e.g., leave of absence, extension of time, etc.)
17 Deadline for FGS to receive recommendations for Oral examination from Graduate
Program Director for doctoral students expected to fulfill all requirements for June
2017 requirements
20 Last day to submit examinable Thesis for defense in Winter 2017 to OSAS
31 Application for award of MES degree and deadline to submit examinable Major
Project/Paper or Portfolio;
Deadline for FGS to receive recommendations for Oral examination from Graduate
program Director for Masters students expected to fulfill all requirements for June
2017 requirements
April
5 Winter term classes end
Last day to submit Winter work
14 Holiday - Good Friday (university closed)
17 Last day for students to hold thesis/dissertation exams to fulfill requirements for
June 2017 convocation
24 Submissions of Thesis/Dissertation – last day to upload electronic thesis and
dissertation for Winter 2017
27-28 MES final examinations
30 All degree requirements, including final grades, must be met by April 30, 2017 to
convocate in June 2017;
Closing day of Winter term

Summer Term (More dates TBC)

May
1 Opening day of Summer term
22 Holiday – Victoria Day (university closed)
June
23 Last date for submission of incomplete course work from previous term
30 Last date for course instructors to change grades of Incomplete from previous term.
If a grade change is not submitted, the “I” becomes a “U” (Unsatisfactory/Fail)
July
1 Holiday- Canada Day (university closed)
31 Application for award of MES degree and deadline to submit examinable Major
Project/Paper or Portfolio
August
7 Holiday- Simcoe Day (university closed)
31 MES Final Examinations;
Closing day of Summer term

York University special dates and holidays

Fall Term 2016
Labour Day Monday, September 7th University Closed
Thanksgiving Monday, October 10th University Closed
Fall Convocation October 14th - 16th
Christmas / New Year's Break December 24th to January 2nd, Inclusive University Closed
Winter Term 2017
New Year's Day Sunday, January 1st
Monday January 2nd to be observed
University Closed
Family Day Monday, February 20th University Closed
Good Friday Friday, April 14th
Summer Term 2017
Victoria Day Monday, May 22nd University Closed
Spring Convocation TBA
Canada Day Saturday July 1st,
Monday July 3rd to be observed
University Closed
Civic Holiday (Simcoe Day) Monday, August 1st University Closed