Graduate students must maintain continuous registration in all terms — Fall, Winter and Summer — until graduation, subject to the time limits stated in Current Students – Regulations, and must pay the appropriate term fee.

You must register and accept your fees before the posted deadline; late registration will result in a $200 late fee. Please visit Registrar's Office - Registration and Enrollment in order to register. You will need to sign into your Passport York account to complete your registration.

Note: The Faculty of Graduate Studies does not require an enrollment deposit. By accepting your fees online, you are deemed to be registered.

Students are expected to remain in the category of registration to which they are admitted unless a change of status is approved by their Graduate Program Director and the Faculty of Graduate Studies. A change of status for a term must be made prior to the start of term.

Change of Status Request

To request a change in status, you must complete an Academic Petition Form or a Program Approval Form and return it to your Graduate Program Office. Please note any change in registration status will affect your funding; before initiating your request, consult with your graduate program and review Current Students - Regulations.

Academic Petition

Please complete an Academic Petition Form (.pdf) for the following:

  • Authorization to pursue graduate studies at a location other than York
  • Change of registration status
  • Extension of program time limits
  • Leaves of absence
  • No course available petition
  • Reinstatement
  • Reinstatement to defend
  • Waive a program requirement
  • Other

Program Approval

Please complete a Leave of Absence—Elective Form (.pdf) for the following:

  • Elective leave of absence
  • Maternity leave
  • Parental leave

Note: The fee to be registered as inactive is $169.49 plus a $15.00 registration fee. This includes maternal/paternal leaves, elective leaves, external leaves, and leaves on compassionate or medical grounds.

Withdrawal from Program of Study

Please complete a Program Withdrawal Form (.pdf) to withdraw from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and submit it to your graduate program office.

Note: Withdrawing from a course or dropping a course does not constitute official withdrawal from the program; graduate students pay fees per term, not per course.