As public health advice and regulations are updated, we must remain fluid, and changes to the schedule may be required.
We encourage you to check for changes regularly.
See the Summer 2023 – Fall-Winter 2023-2024 Program Statement for general information about the mode of delivery of courses
Summer 2023 course schedules/timetables will be available and posted in Course Information & Schedules on Wednesday, March 15, 2023. Course selection/enrolment begins Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at 6:00 AM (EST) via ACORN.
The 2023 Fall-2024 Winter schedule/timetable is posted on Wednesday, July 5, 2023. Course selection/enrolment begins Wednesday, July 12, 2023, at 6:00 AM (EST) via ACORN.
- Students are responsible for adhering to all enrolment deadlines, such as the ones for adding and dropping courses.
- Newly admitted students cannot start in the summer, they only begin their program in the Fall/Winter session.
- Courses in the Master of Teaching (MT) program are automatically added based on division, cohort and teaching subjects. MT Students do not select or enrol in any courses for year 1, and select only electives for year 2. The MT program provides schedules and details.
- OISE does not allow Auditing of Courses per 6.2.8 (Auditing a Graduate Course).
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Course Information & Schedules
- Before adding courses, review your program in the SGS Calendar to determine which courses are needed to meet your academic requirements.
- Some departments have program guidelines available to guide your progression.
- Master of Teaching program courses are automatically added based on division, cohort and teaching subjects. MT Students do not select or enrol in any courses for year 1, and select only electives in year 2. The MT program provides schedules and details.
Descriptions of courses offered at OISE are available in The OISE Bulletin.
- Summer 2023 Course Schedule (posted in mid-March)
- Fall 2022 and Winter 2023 Course Schedule (Fall 2023 and Winter 2024 will be posted July 5th)
Enrolling in Courses
During the enrolment period, students can enrol in most OISE-offered courses via ACORN, the University of Toronto's web-based student information service tool. Helpful information when using ACORN.
If you are a new student at U of T, you must enable your JOINid and have a valid UTORid and password to access ACORN. The T-card office has created an online process to facilitate activating your UTORid.
Additional Enrolment Resources
Adding a Course After the ACORN Enrolment Period: After the deadline, you must use the Add/Drop Course Form to enrol in a course. The form must be approved and signed by the course instructor.
Courses From Other Faculties or Departments Outside OISE: These courses require several levels of approval. Students are required to complete and submit a SGS Add/Drop Course Form to the Host Department Registrar's Office.
Individual Reading and Research Courses: Obtain the required signatures and submit the Individual Reading and Research Course Form to the Office of the Registrar & Student Experience (ROSE) by the deadline dates listed on the form.
Courses that Require Instructor Approval: These courses can be dropped – but not added – via ACORN. Submit a completed Add/Drop Course Form, instructor's written approval must be received or the course will be dropped from your record.
Compressed/Modular Courses: Courses which have variations in timing have add and drop dates that can differ from the sessional dates, and are set on a course by course basis. For these courses the add/drop dates are individual and based on the following SGS principles:
- Add date: no more than 15% of the course has been completed.
- Drop date: no more than 50% of the course has been completed.
- E.g., for a 2-week (10 day) compressed course, the add date should be no later than the second day of classes and the drop deadline should be no later than the end of the first week. If you cannot use ACORN to drop a compressed course, submit a course drop form.
- Dropping courses may have implications for your progress in the program.
Courses are dropped using ACORN or via a Course add or drop form, which can be found on the Student Forms webpage.
Students must adhere to deadlines for adding and dropping courses. If the drop deadline isn't met, the course may permanently remain on your record with the earned grade.
If you miss the ACORN drop deadline and have compelling extenuating circumstances, complete the SGS Add/Drop Course Form and submit it along with rationale and supporting documentation (medical) to your department. If supported, your department will sign and include a letter of support for review by SGS.
- Courses offered on a non-standard schedule have drop dates that can differ from the standard sessional dates and are set on a course-by-course basis. SGS guideline: in order to drop a course without academic penalty, no more than 50% of the course can have been completed.
Withdrawing From a Session
- Withdrawing from a course does not automatically withdraw you from the session. Nor does it automatically change your status (Full-time to Part-time).
- To withdraw from a session (if your program permits) or request a status change, you must email your registration specialist; the refund schedule applies to the date requests are received.
- Students are expected to meet the course deadlines the School of Graduate Studies and OISE set and are advised to plan accordingly. Students who find themselves unable to meet SGS deadlines for completing coursework can, under certain conditions, receive extensions for completing the work after the date set by SGS. The completed coursework extension request form must be submitted before the grade submission deadline.
- Please note that students must be registered in the session in which they complete coursework extensions. If students go on a leave of absence, the coursework is then usually submitted in the session in which they return from their leave.
- Once the form is approved and processed a SDF (Standing Deferred) code is assigned to the course on ACORN. Upon completing the outstanding work by the new deadline, the SDF code is replaced by a final grade.
- The Extension to Complete Coursework form - Course Extension (SDF)(PDF), can be found on the School of Graduate Studies website.
Some courses have waiting lists. If the department offering the course has opted to allow a waitlist, and either your enrolment category in the course or the course itself is full, you can choose to join a waiting list.
ACORN will inform you of your place on the waitlist for your category (not necessarily on the whole waitlist) and how many spaces are allotted for that course.
Some courses have multiple waitlists due to multiple enrolment categories (x spaces for this group of students and y spaces for this group of students). You would only see where you are on the waitlist that applies to your category.
If space becomes available in your category and you are next on the list, you'll be automatically enrolled and a notification will be sent to your U of T email address.
If you are on the waitlist for a course in one student category and you change to a different category (e.g., if you transfer from one program to another), this can positively or negatively change your ranking on the waitlist.
Being on the waiting list does not guarantee a space in the course. Waitlisted courses do count toward your maximum course load.
There are no fees associated with being on the waiting list for a course. Graduate program fees are based on program status: full/time or part/time.
Starting the Winter 2023 session, waitlist cancellations and the final day that students can add courses via ACORN will be January 16, 2023. From January 17 to January 23, adding a course requires an approved Course Add/Drop Form routed to the appropriate person for approval and then to ROSE for processing. The course instructor or coordinator must approve the form as indicated on the course timetable/schedule.
If you have taken graduate courses at another university, you may request to receive up to 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE) or 25% of the course requirements – whichever is greater. Transfer credit may be granted for graduate work completed in another program, provided that the course has not been credited towards another degree, diploma, certificate, or any other qualification.
Students participating in an approved exchange program may also receive transfer credit for up to 50% of the course requirements for their degree. Transfer credit arrangements must be recommended by the Registrar's Office and approved in advance by the School of Graduate Studies.
There is no financial credit awarded for a transfer credit. In other words, a student transferring a credit from any other institution or U of T program is still required to pay the minimum total program fee.
With the approval of the home graduate unit and the School of Graduate Studies, a student may be exempt from a specific course requirement permitting the substitution of another course to meet degree requirements. However, overall course credit requirements for your degree will not be reduced.
Make a Transfer Credit and/or Exemption Request
- Complete the Transfer Credit and/or Course Exemption Form and submit it to your department for approval and signature before it is sent to your registration specialist, along with the final transcript showing the course results.
Maximum Course Load
Maximum course load is dependent on Registration Status (Full-Time or Part-Time). Status change restrictions are found under the Continuous Registration and Status Change Restrictions tab on the Registration page. The Registrar's Office can only make changes to Registration Status upon Student Request, dependent on the restrictions, course add/drop deadlines and if allowed by individual programs. If you drop a course, your status will not automatically change to part-time(lower tuition).
Status changes can result in an increased Balance of Degree fees owing at the end of the program.
Note: Waitlisted courses are included in maximum course load.
- A maximum of 6 half-courses, normally 3 in each of the Fall and Winter sessions.
- A maximum of the equivalent of 2 half-courses in each term of the Summer session.
- A maximum of 1 half-course in each of the Fall and Winter sessions.
- A maximum of 1 half-course in the summer session (i.e., one in the May/June term or one in the July/August term.
- New year 1 students do not enrol in any courses, your courses will be loaded for you based on your cohort and teaching division.
- Combined Degree students enrol in 1 course in the Fall and 1 course in the Winter sessions.
- Year 2 students enrol in 1 course in the Fall and 1 course in the Winter sessions, all your other courses will be added for you.
Refunds are based on the date of withdrawal, not withdrawal from a course.
Visit the refunds page for more information and to view the refund schedules.