The deadlines to enrol in graduate courses are:
September 23, 2019 for full-year and Fall session courses;
January 20, 2020 for Winter session courses;
May 4, 2020 for May to June Summer session courses and May to August Summer session courses; and
July 6, 2020 for July to August Summer session courses.
Most graduate units permit students to use ACORN to enrol in courses within required deadlines. Other graduate units require students to fill out an enrolment form listing their courses. For detailed information and instructions consult your graduate unit.
Please visit the appropriate graduate unit website for course offerings and details. It is your responsibility to ensure that course enrolment is accurate on ACORN.
Changes to your program of study should be made in consultation with your graduate unit. Prior to deadlines, some graduate units allow students make course changes using ACORN. It is your responsibility to adhere to deadlines for dropping and adding courses and to ensure that your program of study is complete and up-to-date.
The deadlines to drop courses are as follows:
October 28, 2019 for Fall session full or half courses;
February 24, 2020 for full-year and Winter session courses;
May 22, 2020 for May-to-June F section courses; and
July 13, 2020 for July-to-August S section courses.
Courses are dropped by using
ACORN or the
Add/Drop Course(s) form. It is your responsibility to adhere to deadlines for dropping courses.
If you miss the deadline to drop a course:
1. Complete the
Add/Drop Course(s) form and submit it to your graduate unit, along with a letter of rationale with supporting documentation (e.g.
2. The graduate unit will consider the request and, if supported, will forward the request to SGS for review.
3. If approved by SGS, the transcript notation of WDR (Withdrawn without Academic Penalty) will be assigned by SGS to the course. The WDR notation carries no credit for the course and is not considered for averaging purposes.
Some graduate units offer modular courses which have enrolment deadlines that do not conform to the deadlines above. Modular courses with non-standard start/end dates require the graduate unit to establish suitable drop dates. Please check with the graduate unit offering modular courses for the drop dates.
Dropping courses may have implications for your progress in the program. For details, check with your departmental graduate administrator.
According to government regulations, full-time graduate students must:
be pursuing their studies as a full-time occupation and identify themselves as full-time graduate students,
be designated by the University as full-time students,
be geographically available and visit the campus regularly,
be considered to be full-time by their supervisors and,
apply through their graduate unit for permission to be off campus if an academic program requires an absence from the University.
For the formal definition of full-time studies, please refer to section 6.1.2 of the
Doctoral students are required to register annually on a full-time basis until all degree requirements have been completed. Students registered in flexible-time doctoral programs are required to register full-time for the first four years; thereafter, they may register part-time. Please consult your graduate unit for further details.
Master's students in most research programs are required to register annually on a full-time basis until all degree requirements have been completed.
Full-time master's students in programs with an approved part-time option may be permitted to switch to part-time status if within the program length. Consult your graduate unit for details.
A switch from full-time to part-time status is not permitted once the program length defined for a program has been completed.
Changes to full-time/part-time status cannot be made retroactively.
Part-time students who are studying in an approved part-time master's program continue to pay a part-time fee until the degree requirements are satisfied.
Part-time master's students in research programs must maintain continuous registration.
Part-time master's students who have paid fees only for one academic session in the previous year are required to pay summer fees.
Changes to full-time/part-time status cannot be made retroactively.
Flexible-time programs are offered in units where there is sufficient demand by practicing professionals for design and delivery of doctoral programs that, except for short specified periods of time, permit continued employment in areas related to the fields of research.
Doctoral students may choose this option only if the program offers an approved flexible-time doctoral degree.
Students in flexible-time programs will normally register full-time during the first four years and part-time during subsequent years of the program. Students are required to be registered for every successive session, including summers, following their first session of registration unless granted a leave of absence.
The time limit, between six to eight years, will be specified by the regulations of the graduate unit. Extensions are permitted under the existing policy; students granted an extension may register full-time or part-time.
Transfers between the full-time doctoral program and the flexible-time doctoral program are not permitted.
Collaborative specializations emerge from cooperation between two or more graduate units, thereby providing students with a broader base from which to explore interdisciplinary areas of study and research.
Students must be admitted to, and enrol in, one of the collaborating graduate units and must fulfill all the requirements for the degree in the home unit and any additional requirements of the collaborative specialization. Each is designed to allow a focus in the area of specialty. On successful completion of the program, the student receives a transcript notation.
For students seeking admission to a collaborative specialization where the home degree program does not currently participate, please contact the graduate program administrator to access and complete a Non-Standard Collaborative Specialization Enrolment Form (PDF).
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, provided that the courses have not been credited towards another degree, diploma, certificate, or any other qualifications. Such credit may be given on the recommendation of your graduate unit and with the approval of SGS. Transfer credits are normally requested upon admission.
Students participating in an approved exchange program may receive transfer credit for up to 50% of the course requirements for their degree. See
Exchange Programs for more information.
Your graduate unit may exempt you from a specific course requirement permitting the substitution of another course to meet degree requirements; however, overall course credit requirements for your degree may not be reduced.
To request transfer credit(s) or an exemption, submit the
transfer credit and/or exemption form to your graduate unit along with the final transcript showing the results of the course(s).
There is no financial credit awarded for transfer credit (only academic 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.
To take an undergraduate course, you must obtain permission from your home graduate unit and the relevant undergraduate department. Graduate students must register in undergraduate courses through their graduate unit (not as an undergraduate non-degree student).
The graduate grading scale applies to undergraduate courses and any other non-graduate courses for graduate students. Any grade below 70% will be converted to FZ (failure).
Graduate students taking undergrad courses must follow the undergraduate deadline to drop a course (not the SGS deadline).
Undergraduate courses normally do not count towards fulfilling graduate degree requirements.
If you are unable to write an undergraduate examination on the scheduled date, you must request to defer your exam. The authority to grant a request for an undergraduate deferred examination is with your home graduate unit, not the instructor of the undergraduate course.
The request for
undergraduate deferred examination form must be submitted to your home unit. Once approved by your home unit, you must pay the undergraduate deferred examination fee immediately. The payment is submitted to the Office of the Faculty Registrar, Faculty of Arts and Science, through the methods described on their
website. Following payment, the deferred examinations assistant at the Faculty of Arts and Science will provide further details.