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Course Load

Course Load

It is your responsibility to follow the faculty regulations listed below. When registering on Minerva (www.mcgill.ca/minerva), you must not exceed the maximum credits permitted by your faculty. For information on course load requirements for entrance scholarships' renewal and in-course awards, see Entrance Awards for McGill Students.

Normal Course Load

Normal Course Load

The normal course load in most undergraduate faculties is 15 credits per term. If you carry fewer than 12 credits per term, you are considered to be a part-time student in that term.

Note for the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Schulich School of Music:
  • The normal course load is 15 to 18 credits per term.
Note for the Faculties of Arts and Science (including B.A. & Sc.):
  • Newly admitted students may take up to 17 credits per term.
  • Continuing students in satisfactory standing may take up to 17 credits per term.
  • Continuing students whose CGPA is above 3.50 may take more than 17 credits per term only with written permission from their faculty Associate Dean or Director.
Note for the Faculties of Education, Management and Religious Studies:
  • Newly admitted students may take up to 17 credits per term.
  • Continuing students in satisfactory standing may take up to 17 credits per term.
Note for the Faculty of Engineering:
  • The normal course load is 15 to 18 credits per term.
  • If you want to register for more than 18 credits in a term, you must obtain permission from your departmental/school adviser.
  • If you have deferred exams (grade of L on your unofficial transcript), you cannot register for more than 18 credits or write more than six exams per term, whichever is greater.
  • You must register for enough credits to satisfy visa, financial aid and/or scholarship requirements.
  • The average number of hours per week of course activities is indicated in hours in the course listing after the course credit. For example, (3-0-6) indicates a course consisting of three lecture hours per week, no other contact hours, and six hours of personal study per week.

Course Load for Students in Probationary Standing

Course Load for Students in Probationary Standing

Students in probationary standing may take up to 12 credits per term, with the following exceptions:

  • Agricultural and Environmental Sciences: 14 credits
  • Arts: up to 14 credits
  • Engineering: 13 credits maximum, including repeated courses
  • Management: 12 credits maximum of new material
  • Music: 14 credits
  • Science: up to 14 credits

In some cases, a student in probationary standing may add a repeated course in which a grade of D or F was obtained.

Course Information and Regulations

Course Information and Regulations

For course information and regulations, see Course Information and Regulations in this publication.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2011-2012 (last updated Aug. 16, 2011) (disclaimer)