FAQ's

During VIU’s alternate delivery (i.e. during the COVID-19 pandemic) the offices mentioned below are operating remotely so please contact them via the email addresses provided.

Where do I go if I have questions?

Building 250, Room 302

Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

gpfom@viu.ca

Where can I speak with a Graduate Programs Advisor?

Contact Golfer.Okorie@viu.ca to book a one-on-one appointment via ZOOM. Alternatively Golfer sends out the times of her regularly scheduled virtual office hours every week. 

I have a documented disability, are there resources available to help me with my coursework? Where can I contact Accessibility Services?

This service is available through the student affairs department in building 200 room 214 or you can email disabilityservices@viu.ca. For more information visit: Accessibility Services

Is there a student health clinic on campus?

Yes, the Nanaimo campus have a student health clinic located in building 200. For more information on how to book an appointment and office hours please visit the Health and Wellness Centre.

Where can I buy a bus pass?

Your student union: VIUSU

 Where can I buy a parking pass?

The Parking and Security Office

What is the minimum GPA requirement to progress in the program?

MBA Students:

1.  Must maintain a ‘C+’ average (2.33) in each SEMESTER of the program (after Semester 1, Semester 2, Semester 3, and Semester 4);

2. Must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.33 to transition to the ABP and Internship.

3. Must achieve an overall ‘C+” CGPA to graduate from the MBA program.

4. That receive a grade below a ‘C+’ in an individual course, or an overall GPA less than 2.33 (C+) for any Module or Semester within the program, is required to meet with the Graduate Programs Advisor to map out a plan to improve their academic standing.

5. May receive a failing grade and may retake up to 4 courses or 12 credits of coursework, whichever comes first. If they fail a 5th course or 13 or more credits, they will be asked to leave the program. Students that are asked to leave the program may re-apply after a period of 1 year (12 months) with proof of improved academic standing. 

GDPM/GDIT Students:

The Diploma will be awarded upon successful completion of required coursework with a minimum of a "C" grade in any course and an overall "C+" GPA for the program.

GCIB Students:

The Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of 30 credits of selected VIU Business courses with a minimum “C” average.

What happens if I fail a course?

You will be required to re-enrol in the course and pay tuition for that course prior to being enrolled.

Can I appeal my grade in a course?

The policies and procedures related to academic appeals are set out in Vancouver Island University’s Appeal Policy (Policy 96.02)

Can I take a leave from the program?

Yes, but it must be approved and documented by the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs. Failure to gain approval before leaving the program will result in dismissal from the program. 

Can I drop a course in the MBA program?

No, students are required to complete all courses in the program in the semester that they are allocated to. If you are having challenges in a course, it is important to meet with an advisor and to access all available resources to assist you in completing the course. 

What is considered a full-time study?

All FOM graduate programs consist of 12 to 15 credits per semester of study which is more than the 9 credits/semester required for full time studies. 

Probation and Suspension from the Program 

  • Students must maintain minimum GPA’s according to their specific programs, as outlined in the What is the minimum GPA requirement to progress in the program FAQ section. 
  • A student is placed on probation when they complete a semester with a GPA below 2.33 (a ‘C’ average). 
  • A student will be removed from probation status when they achieve a GPA of 2.33 or higher in the subsequent term and placed back on regular status.
  • If the student fails to attain a GPA of 2.33 or higher in the subsequent term, that student will be suspended.
  • Re-admission is not automatic as it will depend on availability of space. This decision is made by the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs.