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Course Load

To be full-student, you must take a minimum of 12 credits. If you are not sure how many credits to register for each term or for the academic year, keep the following regulations in mind:

  • 12 credits minimum per term to maintain full-time status, eligibility for student visas, loans and bursaries;
  • 14 credits maximum per term for students in probationary standing;
  • 17 credits maximum per term for students in satisfactory standing;
  • 27 graded (non-S/U) credits minimum per academic year (both the Fall and Winter terms) to be considered for renewal of entrance scholarships or for in-course McGill scholarships or awards, including Dean's Honour List and Faculty scholarships;
  • 30 graded credits minimum per year to maintain Canada scholarships;

If you wish to register for more than 17 credits per term (and maximum of 19 credits per term) for Fall/Winter, or more than 12 credits for Summer, please complete the online form: Application to Exceed Credits Request (login required). If your McGill CGPA is above 3.50, a student adviser at Faculty of Arts OASIS will normally approve your request. If your CGPA is below 3.50, the final decision on your application will be made by the Associate Dean (Student Affairs), Faculty of Arts OASIS. It is strongly recommended that you meet with a Faculty Adviser in Arts OASIS prior to submitting your request. Please note that grades for your preceding term of study must be available in order for a decision to be made.  For example, Fall grades and CGPA for a Winter term request, Winter grades and CGPA for a Summer term request, Summer grades and CGPA for a Fall term request.

If you are a newly admitted student, you must wait until you have completed a full year of studies before you can apply for a course overload.

Registering for a School of Continuing Studies course for credit toward your Arts degree:

  • School of Continuing Studies courses with subject numbers that do not start with a C (exception CHEM and certain McGill Writing Centre courses that begin with CEAP or CESL -- see the eCalendar) ) are accepted for credit towards your Arts degree.
  • You may register for School of Continuing Studies courses for credit on Minerva according to the dates indicated on the Minerva web site for the summer, fall and winter terms.

Registering for a School of Continuing Studies course not for credit:

  • School of Continuing Studies courses with subject numbers that start with C (exception CHEM and certain McGill Writing Centre courses that begin with CEAP or CESL -- see the eCalendar) are not for credit towards your Arts degree.
  • To register, go to the School of Continuing Studies, 688 Sherbrooke St. West, 11th Floor.
  • Make the appropriate arrangements with the School, and their staff will add the course to your record.
  • NOTE: You will not be able to request credit toward your Arts degree for these courses at a later date.

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Course Overlap

You will not receive additional credit toward your degree for any course that overlaps in content with a course for which you have already received credit at McGill, CEGEP, at another university, or Advanced Placement exams, Advanced Level results, International Baccalaureate Diploma, or French Baccalaureate. It is your responsibility to consult with a faculty adviser in Arts OASIS or the department offering the course as to whether or not credit can be obtained and to be aware of exclusion clauses specified in the course description. Please refer to McGill's page on transfer credits for specific information about Advanced Standing credits and McGill course exemptions.

Certain conditions apply to receiving credit for statistics courses in the Faculty of Arts. See herefor a list of courses with content overlap.

English as a Second Language Courses

Up to a maximum of 12 credits of ESL courses, including academic writing courses for non-anglophones, are open to you if your primary language is not English and you have studied for fewer than five (5) years in an English-language secondary institution.

Placement tests are required for all ESL courses. For more information on placement tests, see The McGill Writing Centre. Once the tests are evaluated, you will be issued a departmental approval for course registration.

Note: As of Summer 2011, English as a Second Language courses will be administered by the School of Continuing Studies. To learn which School of Continuing Studies Courses can be taken for credit in the Faculty of Arts, click the "Cont Education" tab above.

Courses Outside the Faculties of Arts or Science

BA students are allowed to take a maximum of 12 credits in the faculties other than the Faculties of Arts or Science. BA students registered in certain designated programs are permitted to take a maximum of 30 credits outside arts and science. Please see here for list of these designated programs.

Enrolment of undergraduate students in 600-level courses

Policy:

An undergraduate student will be permitted to take 600-level courses subject to the following conditions:

  • The student has a minimum CGPA of 3.3.
  • The student is in U3 or higher.
  • The professor of the course and the program adviser or the director of the undergraduate program provide written approval supporting the request.
  • A maximum of six credits of 600-level courses are allowed towards the degree.
  • The actual course number appears on the transcript.
  • The course evaluation methods and grading standards are the same for all students, whether graduate or undergraduate.
  • The regulations and practices of the Faculty of Arts are also applied to such a course.

Procedures to be followed by the student:

  • Complete the 600_700_level_courses_faculty_of_arts_oasis_may_2013.pdf form, preferably well in advance of the start of classes. (You can also pick up this form at the Arts OASIS counter, Dawson Hall Building, Room 110).
  • Get approval on the form, or on a separate note, from the professor of the course and from the adviser or the director of the undergraduate program.
  • Submit the form with the approval to the Assistant to the Associate Dean of Arts (Dawson Hall, Room 110) before the end of the course Drop/Add period. DO NOT LEAVE REQUESTS TO THE LAST DAY.
  • If the conditions and procedures are met, the request will be approved and the Assistant to the Associate Dean of Arts will issue a permit-override. It is the student's responsibility to register for the course on MINERVA before the end of the course Drop/Add period.

It is the responsibility of the student to start the procedures well in advance of the term and to undertake the various steps along the way to final approval so that the documents can be completed before the end of Drop/Add. Late requests are likely to be refused, but if they are approved, the student will be subject to the Late Add Fee.

Exceptional cases (CGPA below 3.3, not in U3, late requests, Visiting, Special or Exchange students):

Students in this category must also submit a letter detailing the reasons why approval should be granted even though the conditions have not been met. Such requests may be refused. The procedures for such requests are the same as those stated above.