Selecting Elective Courses
History and Theory Requirement - MArch and MUD only
Maximum Session Load
Cancelling/Dropping a Course
Reminder: There is always movement in elective courses during the first two weeks of the term as students add and drop courses. Please be patient.
Please note the changes below to the graduate elective enrolment process beginning in Fall 2016.
All elective enrolment, with the exception of visual studies electives, independent study courses, and inter-departmental enrolment requests, will be completed online through your ACORN account in real-time on a first-come, first-served basis. You will require your JOINid (provided via email from the School of Graduate Studies)/UTORid and password in order to log in. The start time for enrolment on each designated start date is 6:00am EST (Eastern Standard Time, GMT-4). It is recommended that first-time users log in to ACORN at least one week in advance to ensure you do not experience any difficulties with accessing the student web service.
Students are assigned an enrolment start date based on cohort year of study. Upper year students will be assigned earlier start dates to ensure they are able to meet their degree requirements. Your cohort year of study can be determined by the degree diagrams available on the Daniels website. For example: If you are starting your first year at the Daniels Faculty as a Master of Architecture student with advanced standing, your cohort year is MArch year 2. If you are not sure what cohort year of study you are, please contact email@example.com well in advance of the enrolment start dates.
Enrolment start dates are listed as part of the 2016-17 Graduate Sessional dates.
NOTE: The enrolment cart feature on ACORN will only be available starting in the afternoon of the day before your start date.
Selecting Elective Courses
In order to determine which elective courses you would like to take, review the elective course descriptions as they become available in the Courses section of this website. Make note of a few options more than you are able to take as alternatives in case your first choice(s) become(s) full. The descriptions will include any pre-requisites the course may have.
Independent Studies are offered as an opportunity for you if you wish to pursue an academically challenging project or topic that is currently not covered in the curriculum. Independent Studies are not required and are not automatically granted. You may pursue an Independent Study only if you have a well-developed proposal, high academic standing, and the approval from your advisor and the program director. Independent Studies are not a means to apply for financial aid or to ‘lighten’ your course load for an upcoming term.
Please click here for the Independent Study form.
2016-17 Independent Study Proposal Submission Deadlines:
The deadline to submit requests to enrol in an independent study for the Fall 2016 academic session is Wednesday, August 31, 2016.
The deadline to submit requests to enrol in an independent study for the Winter 2017 academic session is Monday, December 12, 2016.
Please note that all requests must be submitted for approval to the Office of the Registrar and Student Services and are not guaranteed.
For electives in the Master of Visual Studies program, please complete the Add/Drop form available on the School of Graduate Studies website (www.sgs.utoronto.ca) and contact Charles Stankievech, MVS Program Director to obtain approval. If approved, submit the signed Add/drop form to the Office of the Registrar and Student Services.
To request enrolment in electives offered by other departments you must obtain the instructor's signature and the host department coordinator/administrator's signature before submitting the request form to the Office of the Registrar and Student Services or firstname.lastname@example.org for final approval. It is important that the form be completed correctly. To ensure your form can be processed, you must also provide the Daniels Faculty with contact information for the host department administrator in order to confirm your approval. Please note that other department enrolment dates will differ from that of the Daniels Faculty and it is your responsibility to be aware of these dates and contact the departments as appropriate.
History and Theory Requirement – MArch and MUD only
As part of the degree requirements for the Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Design programs, a certain number of your electives must be from the History & Theory category. Please see the School of Graduate Studies academic calendar to determine if a course you are hoping to take will satisfy this requirement.
You can find a step-by-step guide on how to add courses on the ACORN help site: http://help.acorn.utoronto.ca/how-to/
Maximum Session Load
You may take a maximum session load of 5.0 full course equivalents (FCE) across the Fall/Winter academic session*. This includes your pre-loaded core courses. You therefore cannot enroll in more electives over the academic session than indicated in the diagrams of degree requirements. If you wish to overload with an additional elective, you must request an overload by email to email@example.com and include the School of Graduate Studies Add/Drop Request form. Requests to overload will not be accepted before September 12, 2016 for F section code courses. Please note, an approved request to overload does not guarantee placement in the course if the course is full.
*Master of Landscape Architecture students are enrolled in 5.5 FCE of core courses in their first year of study due to the Field Studies courses. These courses, each weighted 0.25 FCE, run outside the regular term and are therefore not considered an overload.
The Waiting List is a feature that lets you "line up" for a course that's currently full, in case a space becomes available in the future. If a student cancels the course and you're next on the waiting list, you'll be enrolled automatically. An email will be sent to your U of T email account to notify you of the enrolment.
What you need to know about waiting lists:
- Waitlisted courses count towards your overall session load.
- In the Fall/Winter, you can be on the waiting list for up to 1.0 FCE as a full-time student and 0.5 FCE as a part-time student.
- All Daniels Faculty ARC, LAN, and URD elective courses have waiting lists. VIS electives do not.
- Waiting lists are not available for the entire duration of the enrolment period. Waiting lists will be removed from all Fall 2016 Daniels Faculty graduate electives by end of day on September 19, 2016. Waiting lists will be removed from all Winter 2017 Daniels Faculty graduate electives by end of day on January 19, 2017.
We recommend that you prepare as many alternative elective course choices as possible.
If a class is full on the last day to enrol and you are not officially enrolled in the course, you do not have the right to be in the class, and will not be granted late registration.
Conflicts occur when you enroll in courses that take place at the same time. When adding electives to your schedule, it's important to make sure none of your elective courses overlap with each other or with your core (required) courses in time because ACORN won't prevent you from enrolling in courses that conflict. If you choose to enroll in conflicting courses, please note that no special consideration or accommodation will be made for any problems that occur as a result (e.g. term tests scheduled at the same time, assignment due dates, attendance). Since you can't be at two places at the same time, avoid conflicts in your schedule.
Cancelling/Dropping a Course
If you decide that you no longer want to take a course, cancel it as soon as possible. This applies to courses that you've added to the waiting list, as well as those in which you are enrolled. Please do not occupy a space that you know you do not want. Only by cancelling the course will your space become available to another student. You will be responsible for any academic penalties incurred if you do not cancel courses by the appropriate deadlines. The academic drop deadlines are listed above in the Graduate Sessional Dates section.
Not all classroom locations are wheelchair-accessible. If you require wheelchair access, please inform the Office of the Registrar and Student Services of your course choices as soon as possible so that accommodations can be made.