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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.  

For courses which have variation on timing, such as compressed courses, add and drop dates can differ from the sessional dates, and are set on a course by course basis.
 

Summer 2019:

  • Summer course timetables are now available.
    Course selection begins 6:00 AM on March 27, 2019 on ACORN.
  • Important information on Summer Session registration and fees is available here.
  • 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.
  • Master of Teaching summer courses will be preloaded into ACORN.
  • Newly admitted students can only begin their program in the Fall/Winter session.
     

Fall 2019 and Winter 2020: 

  • Fall/Winter course timetables: available the week of June 17th, 2019 **NOW AVAILABLE**
  • Course selection begins 6:00 AM on July 3, 2019 on ACORN.

 

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:
 

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. 

 

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 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)

Dropping courses


Courses are dropped using ACORN or the Add/Drop Course Form.  

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 mean you are withdrawing from a session. To withdraw from a session, you must immediately advise your Registration Specialist in writing, and the refund schedule applies to the date requests are recieved. 

 

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. 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. 

One to five 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 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 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

Refunds are based on the date of withdrawal from the session (for those programs/degrees that allow withdrawal from a session), not wihthdrawal from 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 if allowed (full-time, part-time) will not result in any refund.