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Course Enrolment

It is every student's responsibility to adhere to enrolment deadlines, such as those for adding and dropping courses


Keep in mind that there may be changes to the schedule below.  As public health advice and regulations are updated, we must remain fluid and changes to the schedule may be required.  Check for changes regularly.


Summer 2020:

NOTE: All OISE Spring/Summer 2020 courses ( May-June and July-August) will be offered fully online, there will be no in person courses, nor will there be any part of the courses in person. Spring/Summer Course selection begins 6:00 AM on Wednesday March 25, 2020 on ACORN.

  • Summer 2020 course schedules/timetables are posted below in the Course Information/Schedules tab.  
  • Newly admitted students can not start in the summer, they only begin their program in the Fall/Winter session.
  • All masters students: avoid the shock of a large bill at graduation; learn about your minimum degree fee, and what part-time status, summer courses, program transfers and fast tracking can mean.

Fall/Winter 2020/2021:

NOTE: The Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 Course Schedule is available below. Course selection/enrolment begins on July 15, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. on ACORN.

  • Fall/Winter 2020/2021 course schedules/timetables are posted in the Course Information/Schedules tab.  
  • All masters students: avoid the shock of a large bill at graduation; learn about your minimum degree fee, and what part-time status, summer courses, program transfers and fast tracking can mean.

Course information/Schedules

Required courses

  • 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.


Course descriptions 


Course timetables  

Enroling in courses

During the enrolment period, students are able to enrol in most OISE-offered courses via ACORN, the University of Toronto's web-based student information service tool.

If you are a new student at U of T, you'll need a valid UTORid or JOINid to access ACORN.
The T-card office has created an online process to facilitate activating your UTORid. Visit their site for details:

There are exceptions where you can't use ACORN to add courses:

  • Adding a course after the deadline: 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: Complete, obtain the required signatures and submit the Individual Reading and Research Course Form  to the Office of the Registrar (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.

Maximum course load

Full-time students may take:

  • 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

Part-time students may take:

  • 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

Note: Waitlisted courses are included in your maximum course load

Dropping courses

Courses are dropped using ACORN or via a Course add or drop form which can be found on the Student Forms Page 

Student's 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 drop deadline and have compelling extenuating circumstances, complete the SGS Add/Drop Course Form and submit it to the OISE Office of the Registrar along with a letter of rationale with supporting documentation (e.g., medical certificate) for consideration.

Compressed/modular courses
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 permitted by your program) or request a status chage, you must email your Registration Specialist ; the refund schedule applies to the date requests are recieved. 


Waiting lists

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.

If sufficient space is opened in your enrolment category, you will automatically be placed in the course. It is your responsibility to check ACORN or ROSI to check on your status. The system will inform you of your place on the waiting list and how many spaces are allotted for your category. ACORN will inform you of your place on the waitlist, and how many spaces are allotted for that course.

If space becomes available 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.

Being on the waiting list does not guarantee you a space in the course. Waitlisted courses do count towards 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. 

Several days before the deadline to enrol in courses for each session, waitlists are cancelled. You'll have a few days to add another course via ACORN.  After the ACORN deadline, you must submit an approved Course Add/Drop Form to the ORSS. The form must be approved by the course instructor or coordinator as indicated on the schedule.. 

Transfer credit and course exemptions

Transfer Credit

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. A 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.

Course exemptions

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 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 results of the course.


Refunds are based on the date of withdrawal from the session not withdrawal from a course.  The refund schedule is posted to the Student Accounts website.

The date of receipt of written notification of withdrawal from the session is the date used in determining fee charges for the session/year (if any).

Please note that the last day to cancel a course or registration with no academic penalty is not the same as the last day to be eligible for a refund.

U of T Graduate programs charge a program fee, not a course fee.Fees are charged either full-time or part-time. Dropping courses without notifying the ORSS to cancel your registration or chang your registration status (full-time, part-time) will not result in any refund.