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Additional Qualifications Online Application System

You may use this system to:

  • Apply for Additional Qualifications courses
    (Note that a valid email address and credit card are required)
  • Check the registration status of your application
  • Update your current contact information

Course Enrolment

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

Summer 2018:

  • May 8, 2018: Final day to enrol in May to June courses and May to August courses.
  • July 10, 2018: Final day to enrol in July to August courses.
  • Important information on Summer Session registration and fees is available here.
  • Master of Teaching summer courses are all required and are preloaded into ACORN.
  • Newly admitted students are not permitted to begin their program in the Summer Session.

Fall 2018 and Winter 2019: 

  • June 20, 2018: Fall, full-year, and winter course enrolment begins at 6:00am.
  • September 24, 2018: Final day to enrol in fall and full-year courses.
  • January 21, 2019: Final day to enrol in winter courses.


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 


Student Information Portal :  Online Courses


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.

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

  1. Adding a course after the deadline
    After this 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. 
  2. Courses from other faculties or departments outside OISE
    Students cannot use ACORN to enrol in courses offered by any other faculty or department outside of OISE. To add these courses, students are required to complete and submit an Add/Drop Course Form to the Host Department Registrar's Office.
  3. Extra courses
    Extra courses are those that don't count for degree credit. They may count in other respects, such as to satisfy program requirements. They appear on a student's academic record with a final mark, but don't count as degree credits and aren't included in calculating grade point average. To add an extra course, complete and submit an Add/Drop Course Form to the Office of the Registrar.
  4. Individual Reading and Research Courses
    To enrol in these courses, complete and submit the Individual Reading and Research Course Form to the Office of the Registrar.
  5. Courses that require instructor approval
    These courses can be dropped – but not added – via ACORN. Submit a completed Add/Drop Course Form, signed by the course instructor.  The Instructor's written approval must be received in Office of the Registrar or the course will be dropped from your record. 


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)

Dropping courses

Courses are dropped using ACORN or the Add/Drop Course FormIt is every student's responsibility to 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, complete the 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.  

Withdrawing from a session 

Withdrawing from a course does not mean you are withdrawing from a session. If you want to withdraw from a session, you must immediately advise your Registration Specialist in writing. 


Waiting lists

If you try to enrol in a course that is full, ACORN will give you a waiting list option – if the course has one. Waiting lists enable you to “line up” for a space that might become available. 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, and waitlisted courses do count towards your maximum course load.

There are no fees associated with being on the waiting list for a course. However, if you're enrolled from the waiting list, you'll automatically be charged the appropriate academic and incidental fees.

One to five days before the deadline to enrol in courses, all waitlists will be deleted. You'll have up to the deadline to add another course via ACORN. After that, you use a Course Add/Drop Form to add a course. The form must be approved and signed by the course instructor. 

Transfer credit and course exemptions

Transfer Credit

If you have taken 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 the course, as per the relevant refund schedule on 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.

Also, graduate programs charge a program fee, not a course fee. Dropping courses without cancelling your registration or changing your registration status (full-time, part-time) will not result in any refund.