To receive a certificate or diploma, your cumulative grade point average must be at least 3.50.
Students who receive a certificate or diploma are presented at Convocation.
Certificate holders who wish to enrol in a degree program may receive advanced standing towards the degree, subject to Senate and faculty regulations.
Second University of Ottawa degree
If you hold a first bachelor’s of any kind, you can receive a second bachelor’s if you meet the requirements for it. For more information, see the table of possible combinations (see regulation 12.5) for receiving a second bachelor’s.
It’s possible. To receive a certificate, you must complete at least 50% of the units required for the certificate, in addition to the requirements for your bachelor’s degree.
If you hold one certificate, you can receive a second one, or a bachelor’s degree, as long as you meet the requirements for the second diploma and complete at least 50% of the units required for the second diploma, in addition to the requirements for your first program. You must take at least 50% of the additional units you complete as part of the second program at the University of Ottawa.
For bachelor's programs (90 or 120 units) involving full-time studies, including the Honours Bachelor in Translation (two years), the Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses and programs involving one or two years of full-time studies (BEd and certificates), faculties require that at least 50% of the bachelor's or certificate program be completed at the University of Ottawa, unless there is a Senate-approved agreement between the University and another institution.
Duration of studies
For bachelor’s programs, if you haven’t received your degree after eight years of studies, your faculty can require you to take additional courses to meet your program requirements.
For undergraduate programs in the Faculty of Law (Common Law and Civil Law), you must complete your studies within six years of when you first enrol.
For the MD Program, you must meet all degree requirements within seven years of when you first enrol.
For students in the Faculty of Education, visit the faculty website to find out what regulations are in force.
If you are enrolled in a certificate program, you must meet all your program requirements within three years of when you first enrol in the program.
If you are enrolled in a PhD program, you must submit your thesis within six years of when you first enrol in the program, or within seven years of when you enrol in your master’s program, if you have been fast-tracked. (Students in some master’s programs, such as Chemical Engineering, can be promoted to a PhD program without writing a master’s thesis, under certain conditions.)
Receiving your diploma
All graduating students must register in order to receive their degree.
Online registration is open during three periods of the year:
To graduate in the spring:
In November (graduate studies only)
From mid-February to March 31
To graduate in the fall:
From late July to September 15
If you are expected to graduate, you will receive an email at your @uOttawa.ca address when online registration opens.
How to register
During one of the above periods, log into uoZone. On the Applications tab, select Apply for graduation and follow the instructions. Once you apply, you can track your graduation status in your Student Center (also available on the Applications tab in uoZone).