Graduate Dates and Deadlines


Memorial University has three semesters per academic year commencing with Fall:

  • Fall Semester: September 1 - December 31
  • Winter Semester: January 1 - April 30
  • Spring Semester: May 1 - August 31

Application Deadline:

  • February 1 (PhD) for Fall admission (every even year)
  • February 1 (graduate diploma and MEd) for Spring and Fall admission
  • September 15 (graduate diploma and MEd) for Winter admission

Note: All required and supporting documentation must be submitted to with the applicants full name (last, first) and Memorial student number or date of birth on all email attachments.

Duration of programs

  • Maximum of seven years Masters
  • Maximum of seven years PhD

Note: Students who do not complete their programs in the number of semesters of their payment plans will be required to pay a continuance fee for each additional semester required. See School of Graduate Studies Minimum Expense form.


Application Deadlines for Programs:

  • Educational Leadership
  • Curriculum, Teaching & Learning Studies
  • Educational Technology*
  • Post-Secondary Studies

February 1st - Begin the program either spring (May) or fall (September) semester

    • (Note: Decisions made mid April)

September 15th - Begin the program winter (January) semester

    • (Note: Decisions made end of October/beginning of November)

*Semester start and other important dates at Cape Breton University may differ from Memorial's. It is the responsibility of students taking CBU courses to note the differing dates for course add, drop, commencement, end, etc.


International Applicants

International applicants needing to go through the Visa process, MUST apply for Fall Semester only. This is to allow sufficient time to attend to the planning procedures required for coming to Canada (study permits, financial planning, finding a place to live, etc.).

To be considered for the fall semester, international applicants need to have the application and supporting documents submitted by the February 1st deadline of each year.


Application Deadlines for Programs:

  • Counselling Psychology 
  • February 1st, 2023 for Fall Semester 2023 Program Start
  • Full-time students - start September in the year they apply

(The counseling psychology program has been undergoing revisions in an effort to improve the program and to provide additional experiential components. We anticipate the program will be offered in Fall 2023. The program is expected to be more comprehensive and longer to accommodate additional courses. Program fees will reflect these changes).

Students who have already applied and no longer wish to wait for the program relaunch, may withdraw their application and request a reimbursement for any fees associated with the application process. This can be done by emailing

Note: No winter admission for Counselling Psychology program. 


Application Processing Fee:

Canadian Applicants - $60 / non-Canadian Applicants - $120


Late Applications

Due to the volume of applications received and the processing procedures involved for each competition we are unable to accept applications received after the advertised programme deadlines.