Integrated Courses, Faculty of Graduate Studies (Policy)

Legislative History: Approved by Senate: May 27, 1982

Approval Authority: Senate

Signature: Malcolm Ransom


The practice of integrating third or fourth year undergraduate courses with graduate courses has become more common in recent years. Although not all graduate programs offer such courses, a great many do, or would like to. In view of this, Senate has requested that the Faculty of Graduate Studies formulate a policy to regulate the use of such courses and establish a standard to be applied to such courses.

The following is a policy which is intended to apply to all graduate programs which make use of integrated courses. Individual programs may set more stringent requirements or may decide not to introduce such courses.

The following is a policy which is intended to apply to all graduate programs which make use of integrated courses. Individual programs may set more stringent requirements or may decide not to introduce such courses.

  1. All such courses must be taught by a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
  2. All courses which are integrated on a continuing basis should be so indicated in the calendar. This will advise graduate students of the type of curriculum being offered.
  3. Graduate students will be expected to do work at a higher level than undergraduates. These expectations will be detailed in the new course proposals submitted to Council and Senate and also in detailed course outlines provided to students.
  4. Program Directors shall monitor enrolments, both graduate and undergraduate, in such courses, to ensure a desirable balance. It is suggested that whenever enrolment levels warrant it, the course should be separated into graduate and undergraduate courses.
  5. Graduate courses shall be integrated only with undergraduate courses at the 4000-level, and where it is understood that 4000-level indicates an advanced level.
  6. All integrated courses shall be reviewed at intervals of 3 years by the Academic Committee of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The first report by graduate programme directors shall include all of the following:
    • enrolments by year of study and Faculty
    • grades
    • comments by Program Directors and Course Directors if applicable
    • a restatement of the differences between the two levels.

Subsequent reports need only indicate changes that have occurred in content, presentation, enrolment in, or total number of integrated courses.

  1. The regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies shall be changed to incorporate the following:

“Masters students who are enrolled in a thesis option must complete at least one full course (or equivalent) which is not integrated with an undergraduate course.

Masters students who are enrolled in a course work or research-review option must complete at least one and a half (or equivalent) courses, which are not integrated with an undergraduate course.

Doctoral candidates shall not receive credit towards the Ph.D. degree for more than one full integrated course.

Graduate students may not take or receive credit for an integrated course at the graduate level if they took it at York or elsewhere at the undergraduate level. These are minimum requirements; individual programs may require more stringent rules.”