Admissions and COVID-19

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Last Updated: May 8, 2020

Several universities, including the University of Toronto, are allowing students to elect Credit/ No Credit (Pass/ Fail) grades in their courses in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. How will these grades impact the evaluation of incoming transcripts in the admissions process?

Our School of Graduate Studies still requires that all applicants to a Master’s level program have at least a mid-“B” average or better in the final year of undergraduate level study (e.g., five full-course equivalents at the senior level). Applicants who have completed graduate level work are still required to have a minimum of a mid-B average in all graduate courses, as per the School of Graduate Studies Regulations. Please note that the mid-B average is a minimum requirement and a higher sub-GPA in the last 20 half credits will be required to be competitive in the MScPT admission process.

Several universities, including the University of Toronto, are allowing students to elect Credit/ No Credit (Pass/ Fail) grades in their courses in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. How will these grades impact the calculation of my sub-GPA?

To calculate sub-GPA we follow the process outlined by ORPAS. Courses without a numeric/ alpha grade or any other non-convertible grade will not be included in the sub-GPA calculation (e.g., “Pass” or “Credit” grade designations).  Courses for which a “Fail” or “No Credit” is assigned will be included as a failure. Where course grades/ lengths must be extracted from a grouping/ during to make up the 20 course grades/ lengths required, the average of the next grouping/ duration of ORPAS GPA values will be used. In the situation where “Full-time”, “Supplementary” and “Semester” durations exist for the same year, the “Supplementary” grades will be used first, then “Semester” and then “Full-time.”

I am enrolled in a prerequisite course right now and the term has been disrupted due to the COVID-19 situation. My school has decided to make the course pass/ fail (credit/ no credit). Can I still use the course to satisfy the prerequisite?

Half courses taken in the winter 2020 term (and full year courses taken Fall 2019 – Winter 2020) will be accepted towards prerequisites with a minimum grade of “pass” or “credit” or, if your school is still using a letter/numerical grade, with a B-/70%. Any course taken outside of this time frame, must still meet the B-/70% grade minimum in order to be used towards a prerequisite.

I applied to the MScPT program in January 2020. I am currently enrolled in my final term of my undergraduate degree and I was on track to graduate in June 2020. My graduation date has been moved back to November 2020. Will my application still be considered?

For the 2020 (current) application cycle only:

  • If your convocation has been moved from June 2020 to November 2020, you will need to make sure that ORPAS has received a current transcript AND an official letter from your registrar indicating that you have completed all degree requirements. These must be received by ORPAS by June 30, 2020
  • If your convocation is scheduled for June 2020, you will still need to make sure that ORPAS receives your final transcript indicating degree conferral by June 30, 2020.
  • If you cannot finish your degree requirements in time for ORPAS to receive the required documents (see above – transcript and registrar’s letter or final transcript) by June 30, you will not be eligible for admission and should consider re-applying next year.