Degrees

University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) students may earn an Honours Bachelor of Arts (Honours BA), an Honours Bachelor of Science (Honours BSc) or a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree after completing the appropriate requirements listed below. In doing so, students are expected to adhere to the rules and regulations outlined in this Calendar. (Students who first registered at UTSC prior to the 2004 Summer Session may elect to receive a BA or a BSc degree after having completed the requirements for a three-year (fifteen-credit) degree.)

Students in their graduating year who intend to take part in the next Convocation must notify the Registrar's Office of their intention either through ROSI or on a confirmation of graduation form by the deadline listed in the Sessional Dates section of this Calendar.

Degrees are conferred at university convocations, held twice annually: the Spring Convocation held in June and the Fall Convocation held in November. Students who have confirmed their intention to graduate will be sent an email to their UTORid account with information about their request and important dates and times in March for the June Convocation and in October for the Fall Convocation.  A final confirmation letter will be mailed, from the Office of the Vice-President, University of Toronto, Principal, University of Toronto Scarborough.  This letter is sent in mid to late May for June Convocation and in late October for November Convocation.  For detailed information about Convocation, please refer to the Registration Guide and  www.utsc.utoronto.ca/registrar

To determine if you have met degree and/or program requirements, login to Degree Explorer at www.rosi.utoronto.ca. For more information about Degree Explorer see the Student Web Service section of this Calendar.

Degree Requirements

The following requirements apply to all degree students who first enrol as UTSC degree students in the 2013 Summer Session or in a subsequent session.
To qualify for the degree, students must:

  1. Pass at least 20.0 credits.
  2. Of the 20.0 credits, at least 6.0 credits must be at the C- and/or D-level, with at least 1.0 credit at the D-level.
  3. Of the 20.0 credits, at least 0.5 credit must come from each of the following five breadth categories. (See the course description for the category to which the course belongs):
    1. Arts, Literature & Language
    2. History, Philosophy & Cultural Studies
    3. Social & Behavioural Sciences
    4. Natural Sciences
    5. Quantitative Reasoning
  4. Programs.
    1. For a Bachelor of Business Administration, complete a Specialist program in Management or in Economics for Management Studies
    2. For an Honours BA or an Honours BSc, complete:
      1. one Specialist program, or
      2. two Major programs, or
      3. one Major program and two Minor programs.
  5. Combinations of programs used to meet the program requirement must include at least 12.0 different full credits.
  6. Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 1.85. A student whose cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is at least 1.60, but less than 1.85, may request to graduate with a BA or BSc.

Note: Only programs offered by UTSC may be used to fulfill degree requirements.

Honours B.A. and Honours B.Sc. Degrees


The type of Honours degree students receive is determined by the program(s) completed. See the program table at http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~registrar/calendars/calendar/Guide_to_Programs_and_Courses_Offered.html for the type of degree towards which each program leads. Students must monitor their own progress to degree completion.
  • In order to receive a BSc, students must complete one of the following: one Specialist, one of the two Majors or two Minor programs in the sciences.
  • In order to receive a BA, students must complete one of the following: one Specialist, one Major or two Minor programs in the arts.
  • Students who fulfill more than one requirement may select which degree they will receive.

Combined Honours BSc (in Environmental Science)/ Master of Engineering (Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry and Civil Engineering) Degrees


The Combined program in Environmental Science (BSc) and MEng allows exceptional students who are registered in one of four UTSC Specialist programs (Environmental Biology, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Geoscience, or Environmental Physics) to apply during their third year, and be considered, for admission to the Faculty of Engineering & Applied Chemistry MEng programs in either Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry or Civil Engineering during their third year. The Combined program can be completed in five years. For more information about the program, see the Environmental Science section of this Calendar.

Graduation with High Distinction and with Distinction


UTSC students who have completed at least 10.0 credits while registered at UTSC will graduate with high distinction if their cumulative grade point average is 3.50 or better. Students will graduate with distinction if their cumulative grade point average is between 3.20 and 3.49. Other students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or better will be considered on an individual basis.

Transfer Students


Students transferring to UTSC are required to complete at least half of their credits and half of their program requirements as UTSC students. Students transferring from other divisions of the University of Toronto are exempt from this requirement.

Students who began their degree program at UTSC:


 
  • Prior to the 2013 Summer session, should refer to the degree requirements outlined in the 2011-12, 2012-2013 Calendars.
  • Prior to the 2010 Summer session, should refer to the degree requirements outlined in the 2009/2010 Calendar.
  • Prior to the 1989 Summer session may, if they wish, complete the degree requirements outlined in the 1988/1989 Calendar.
  • Prior to the 1980 Summer session may, if they wish, complete the degree requirements outlined in the 1979/1980 Calendar. For these students, the type of degree is determined by the number of science credits completed.

Three-Year Degree


UTSC has discontinued the three year degree. Students who began their degree program at UTSC prior to the 2004 Summer session may still choose to complete a three-year degree. For three-year degree requirements, see the 2008/2009 Calendar.

Upgrading Three-Year Degrees


For information on upgrading three-year degrees, see the 2008/2009 Calendar.

"Second Degree" Requirements


Students beginning a second degree are normally exempted from first year of the degree requirements by being granted 5.0 credits, regardless of the number of previous degrees. Students who hold a BA, BBA or BSc from the University of Toronto will be considered for admission to a second degree program only of a different type (e.g. students with a BA degree may only complete a BBA or BSc degree). Application for admission to a second degree program is made through the Manager of Admissions. Before applying, students are urged to consider if a second degree is actually required for their purposes, for example, a make-up year as a non-degree student may satisfy admission requirements for graduate school.

Certificate Program in Business


Students in this program must complete the following in order to qualify for the Certificate in Business:
    1. Pass 6.0 credits in Management and Economics for Management Studies, including: [MGEA01H3/(ECMA01H3) and MGEA05H3/(ECMA05H3)] or [MGEA02H3/(ECMA04H3) and MGEA06H3/(ECMA06H3)], MGTA01H3/(MGTA03H3), and MGTA02H3/(MGTA04H3)
    2. Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00. If a student's CGPA falls below 2.0. s/he will be removed from the program.
Students in their graduating session who intend to take part in the next Convocation must notify the Registrar's Office of their intention either through ROSI or on a Confirmation of Graduation form by the deadline listed in the Sessional Dates section of this Calendar.
 
UTSC certificate students will graduate with honours if their cumulative grade point average is 3.20 or better.

Non-Degree Students


"Non-degree students" are students registered in degree courses at UTSC:
  • who are not proceeding towards a University of Toronto degree or Certificate, or
  • who have been admitted on an interim basis and who must meet certain conditions before admission as regular degree students.
Except for regulations concerning degree requirements and regulations where non-degree students are specifically exempted, all regulations apply equally to non-degree students and degree students. Where students have been admitted on an interim basis as non-degree students, the conditions of their admission supersede the normal regulations governing academic status.