Updated Sept. 16, 2020

COVID-19 may have changed the way we deliver academic programming, but it doesn’t change our commitment to giving students the best-possible academic experience.

All the regular supports and services will still be available. You may just have to access them in a different way. We ask that you be patient and understanding while many of us (and many of you) get used to new technology and learning platforms for the first time. 

Changes to dates for this academic year  

Key dates in the academic calendar have been reviewed and revised.

  • The fall reading week has been eliminated for this year so the fall term can end a week earlier.
  • The final exam period for the fall term will now run from Dec. 4 to Dec. 12.
  • The start date of classes in January will be delayed by one week to Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. This will allow returning students who may need to self-isolate following the holiday break to complete this before classes begin.
  • The winter study break (reading week) will be shortened to two days, Feb. 15-16, 2021. No classes will be held these days.
  • The last day of classes for Monday-only and Tuesday-only classes in the winter term will be moved out by one week to April 12 and 13.
  • The last day of classes for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday classes in the winter term will be delayed by two days to Wednesday, April 14.
  • The final exam period for the winter term will be held from April 16–24, 2021.   

With an expectation of a continued requirement for self-isolation for many students following the holiday break, pushing the start of the term one week later allows that to occur without shortening the holiday period for students, faculty, and staff. A shorter break period in the middle of the term allows the balance of the term, including exams, to be completed at around the same time as in previous years.

For more information, see the 2020-21 calendar of events in the academic calendar.

Academic planning for 2020-21

Planning for the academic year has been constructed to offer flexibility for students and faculty alike, so students are able to study in Sackville (either in residence or their own off-campus accommodation) or online from wherever they are. 

Course formats for Fall 2020find out more about course formats and course registration

  • Online instruction only:  Virtual instruction with specific class times as noted in the course timetable for lectures and other activities. Faculty and instructors also have the flexibility to integrate additional online activities directly with the class and/or individual students.
  • Online instruction with on-campus elements: On-campus activities will include labs, tutorials, and studio components. Classrooms, labs, and studios will undergo a number of adjustments consistent with public health guidelines and the continuing need for physical distancing.
  • Unscheduled, online instruction:  These courses provide students with the flexibility to complete a course based primarily on their own schedule. They will provide flexible options for students who wish to study online and/or who will be residing outside the province in time zones that would make it difficult for them to align with courses scheduled in the Atlantic Time Zone.

Course registration for the fall and winter terms is open. Additional information and FAQs around course registration and delivery is available at https://www.mta.ca/reghelp/  

Course delivery options for the winter term will follow the same model as outlined for fall 2020.

Update for students, by degree

Experiential learning

Experiential learning opportunities will be available during the coming year. Faculty who typically offer experiential learning in their courses are working to develop new and innovative ways to engage students. In addition, the Office of Experiential Learning & Career Development is exploring a range of opportunities, many of which will be virtual/online for students who require flexibility. This includes a variety of internships with our off-campus partners.

Libraries & Archives

The University is currently working on a plan for what library services will look like this fall and how students will conduct research and access materials. Library staff are looking at things like virtual reference services, pick-up services for books, and appointments for specific resources that need to be accessed in the physical space (special collections, etc.)

No decision has yet been made on whether the library will be open as a general study space; however, it is understood that students do need places to study and a number of options are being looked at.

Tuition & fees

For information on tuition and fees for the 2020-21 academic year, visit registrar's office – tuition and fees.