School of Graduate Studies

The mission of our School of Graduate Studies is to define and support excellence in graduate education at Nipissing University. To achieve this goal, the primary roles and functions of the School of Graduate Studies are to articulate a vision of excellence for the graduate community, to provide an inter-university perspective on graduate education, to enhance the intellectual and research community of scholars among graduate students and graduate faculty and to serve as an advocate for graduate education and graduate students within the institution.​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Academic Year

The School of Graduate Studies operates on a trimester basis, with three terms defined as: Fall Term (September to December); Winter Term (January to April); and Spring/Summer Term (May to August). The academic year begins with a Fall Term followed by a Winter Term. In the following table, a year is based on three terms: fall, winter, spring/summer. Please note that only Master of Education, Master of Environmental Science/Studies (thesis route), Master of Science in Kinesiology, and Master of Science in Mathematics (thesis route) graduate programs offer the flex-time completion option.

Program MRP Route Full-Time Thesis Route Full-time Flex-time
Doctor of Philosophy in Education N/A 4 years not available
Master of Arts in History 1 year N/A 1 year + 6 flex terms (Total: 3 years)
Master of Arts in Sociology 1 year 2 years not available
Master of Science in Mathematics 1 year 2 years 2 years + 6 flex terms (Total: 4 years, thesis route only)
Master of Science in Kinesiology N/A 2 years 2 years + 6 flex terms (Total: 4 years)
Master of Environmental Science / Master of Environmental Studies  1 year 2 years 2 years + 6 flex terms (Total: 4 years, thesis route only)
Master of Education 2 years 2 years 2 years + 6 flex terms (Total: 4 years)

Tuition and Fees

Funding and Financial Aid - Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

​Funding is available to graduate students from both internal and external sources. Internal funding includes teaching/research assistantships, faculty research grants, and Nipissing Graduate Scholarships. The value of these scholarships varies. Students are also encouraged to compete for scholarships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS), the Canada Graduate Scholarship, and the Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarship.

New Graduate Student Orientation

Thursday, August 29th at 8:45 a.m. in room B211

To welcome our incoming graduate students, we host an Orientation session where students will learn about Research Ethics, Tuition and Fees, Graduate Student Events, and more! This year we will also be having a BBQ lunch and Trivia Night! Contact the School of Graduate studies at to learn more. 

Graduate Information Session

Friday, October 25th from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in room A259 (optional campus tour to follow). 

Each year, we host a graduate information session for prospective graduate students at our North Bay campus. This session will provide an opportunity to gain more information on available graduate programs, funding and research opportunities. Students will also have the opportunity to meet prospective graduate advisors, tour graduate facility and learn more about services available at Nipissing.​​​ Click here for more information about our Graduate Information Session.

Three Minute Thesis Competition

March 2020 (date TBA)

3MT is a university wide competition for Masters and Doctoral students in which participants present their research and its wider impact in 3 minutes or less to a panel of non-specialist judges. The challenge is to present complex research material in an engaging, compelling way, using only one slide. The three minute thesis competition provides graduate students with an opportunity to refine skills that can be transferred after graduation to diverse career paths. Distilling research into a clear form, without over-simplifying or making overly-complex, and highlighting the wider implications of this research are important skills to carry into post-graduate employment and public service. Click here for more information about the Three Minute Thesis Competition.

Thesis Defence Dates

Please contact the School of Graduate Studies at for information on upcoming defences. 


Assistant Dean


Chair, Graduate Studies in Education

Graduate Program Coordinator


Randi Ray, PhD in Educational Sustainability Candidate Receives Graduate Student Scholarship from the Indigenous Mentorship Network of Ontario (2019)
Congratulations to Randi Ray for receiving one of nine graduate scholarships to Indigenous graduate students pursuing research in applied community-based Indigenous health at an Ontario institution. Randi is Anishinaabe from Flying Post First Nation. Randi's PhD research focuses on sustainable leadership development with First Nations Chiefs using Indigenous framework and methodologies. 

Cara Song, MEd Graduate (2019) to Receive Award from CATE
Congratulations to Cara Song, an MEd graduate (2019) from Nipissing University who received the Annual Award of Excellence by the Canadian Association of Teacher Educators (CATE). Cara received her award at the Canadian Society for the Study of Education conference in June 2019 for her thesis titled, "Parental Perceptions of Grit: First Steps Towards Building Effective Character Education Programs." Cara's thesis committee included Dr. Nancy Maynes (Supervisor), Dr. John Allison (Committee Member), and Dr. Jim Brandon (External Examiner, University of Calgary). 


Jordan Sutcliffe, MSc Kinesiology Candidate, Published Article in the Journal of Psychology of Sport and Exercise (2019)
Jordan T. Sutcliffe, Alex J. Benson, Mark W. Bruner. “Parents value competence more than warmth in competitive youth ice hockey coaches: Evidence based on the innuendo effect.” Journal of Psychology of Sport and Exercise. 34 (2019) 82-89.

Laurel Ann Muldoon, Master of Environmental Science Graduate (2019), Published Article in Global Change Biology (2018)
Elizabeth Fleur Nicklen, Carl A. Roland, Adam Z. Csank, Martin Wilmking, Roger W. Ruess, Laurel Ann Muldoon. “Stand basal area and solar radiation amplify white spruce sensitivity in interior Alaska: Evidence from carbon isotopes and tree rings.” Global Change Biology. (2018)

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