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Registration

Students must inform themselves of University rules and regulations and keep abreast of any changes that may occur. The Registration section of this publication contains important details required by students during their studies at McGill and should be periodically consulted, along with other sections and related publications.

Registration for Fall and Winter Terms (Including Additional Session and Non-Thesis Extension Students)

Registration for Fall and Winter Terms (Including Additional Session and Non-Thesis Extension Students)

All returning and new graduate students must register online at www.mcgill.ca/minerva after completing a Minerva Course Selection Form and obtaining departmental approval.

Courses may be added until the end of the course change period without penalty.
  • Returning Students:
  • Returning students register via Minerva between Tuesday, April 9, 2013 and Wednesday, August 14, 2013.

If you fail to register during the normal registration period, you can register within the period designated by the University for late registration. You will, however, be charged a late registration fee. To avoid the late registration fee, students must access www.mcgill.ca/minerva and register for REGN RCGR (the Registration Confirmation course) in both the Fall (CRN 2334) and Winter (CRN 2262) terms.

Successful completion of registration is contingent upon acceptable academic standing in the previous session and payment of any previous outstanding fees and fines.

  • Newly-Admitted Students:
  • New students entering in September 2013 register on Minerva between Tuesday, July 9, 2013 and Wednesday, August 14, 2013.

Students will be charged a late registration fee during the late registration period. To avoid the late registration fee students must access www.mcgill.ca/minerva and register for REGN RCGR (the Registration Confirmation course) in both the Fall (CRN 2334) and Winter (CRN 2262) terms.

New students entering in January 2014 register on Minerva between Tuesday, December 3, 2013 and Monday, January 6, 2014.

If you fail to register during the normal registration period, you can register within the period designated by the University for late registration. You will, however, be charged a late registration fee. To avoid the late registration fee students must access www.mcgill.ca/minerva and register for REGN RCGR (the Registration Confirmation course) in the Winter (CRN 2262) term. Students must register (and pay fees) annually up to and including the term of graduation. Outstanding tuition fees must be paid before graduation. A graduate student registered in the Winter term who graduates in February will have their Winter registration and fees cancelled at the end of February.

Fee Policies Related to Registration

Fee Policies Related to Registration

Refer to Programs, Courses and University Regulations > University Regulations and Resources > Graduate > Fees; particular attention should be paid to Fees and Withdrawal from the University and Other Policies Related to Fees: Overdue Accounts.

Summer Registration

Summer Registration

Detailed summer registration information will be available in the middle of March in individual departments and at www.mcgill.ca/gps/students/registration/dates.

Course Registration

Students taking summer courses register within Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies deadlines on Minerva at www.mcgill.ca/minerva.

Summer Term of Residence

Students in thesis programs who wish to register for a Summer term to count as part of their residence requirements must advise their department in March and complete the appropriate Summer Registration Form in April. Newly admitted students beginning their graduate thesis program in a Summer Term of Residence can get a 100% refund (less $200 minimum or registration deposit if applicable) up to and including the May 15th withdrawal date. Students in thesis programs, who at the end of the Winter term are continuing in their programs, are expected to devote the summer to research and are considered “Continuing Students.”

Courses Taken in the School of Continuing Studies

Courses Taken in the School of Continuing Studies

In the Fall and Winter terms, students may add credit courses (500 level or higher) offered through the School of Continuing Studies (SCS) directly on Minerva. Please see www.mcgill.ca/importantdates for deadlines.

Non-credit general interest or languages courses cannot be added directly by the student. Students may register for these courses in person at the SCS, where the course(s) will be added to their record as “Extra” to their program and course fees will be charged.

Courses Taken as Extra to a Program

Courses Taken as Extra to a Program

Courses are offered through the McGill Writing Centre for graduate students whose first language is not English, and some writing courses are offered in other units. These courses cannot be counted toward the requirements of a graduate program.

The courses are:

CESL 500 ESL: RESEARCH ESSAY AND RHETORIC (3) (3 hours) (Formerly ESLN 500.) (Prerequisite: CESL 400 or ESLN 400 or placement test.) (Restriction: Not open to students who have taken CEAP 250 or EAPR 250 or EFRL 250 or ESLN 500.) (Open only to students in degree programs.) For the near-native speaker of English. Principles and use of academic research, genres, rhetorical strategies, and editing skills.

CESL 640 FUNDAMENTALS OF ACADEMIC WRITING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS (3) (Formerly ESLN 640.) (Prerequisite: Placement test.) (Restrictions: Open only to graduate students in degree programs for whom English is a second language. Not open to students who have taken ESLN 590 or ESLN 640 or ESLN 690 except with permission of the instructor.) (This course cannot be counted towards course requirements of any graduate program.) Focus is on structuring an academic essay and expressing complex ideas. Multiple drafts. Independent learning strategies for academic reading, critical thinking, vocabulary building, and self-editing. Review of writing mechanics.

CESL 650 PRONUNCIATION AND COMMUNICATION (3) (3 hours) (Formerly ESLN 650.) (Restrictions: Open only to graduate students in degree programs for whom English is a second language. Not open to students who have taken ESLN 550 or ESLN 650.) (This course cannot be counted towards course requirements of any graduate program.) Focus on developing pronunciation and communication skills, including aspects of pronunciation that most affect intelligibility, and with verbal and non-verbal techniques for effective presentations.

CESL 660 PRONUNCIATION: INDEPENDENT STUDY (0) (Formerly ESLN 660.) (Prerequisite: CESL 650 or ESLN 650.) (Restrictions: Open only to graduate students in degree programs for whom English is a second language. Not open to students who have taken ESLN 660.) Oral practice in a language lab using authentic materials specific to students' field of study.

CESL 690 WRITING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS (3) (Formerly ESLN 690.) (Restrictions: Open only to graduate students in degree programs for whom English is a second language and who are at the thesis/dissertation writing stage, except with permission of the instructor. Not open to students who have taken ESLN 590 or ESLN 690.) (This course cannot be counted towards course requirements of any graduate program.) Audience, purpose, organization, and style of graduate-level academic writing. Mechanics. Editing. Textual analysis. Critical thinking. Genres: problem-solution, general-specific, process description, data commentary, article summary/critique. Student work-in-progress. ESL diagnosis-correction. Multiple drafts. Extensive feedback including audio-taped commentary and individual conferences.

REDM 610 WRITING SCIENCE ARTICLES 1 (3) (Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.) (Restrictions: Restricted to graduate students in the Faculty of Science; graduate students from other faculties considered, space permitting. Enrolment is limited to 12 students. The language of instruction is English and it is not intended as an ESL course. Course is graded pass/fail.) Principles and techniques for clear scientific writing with an emphasis on how to transform complex ideas into direct and precise ones by explaining research to peers and writing for interdisciplinary audiences.

REDM 710 WRITING SCIENCE ARTICLES 2 (3) (Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.) (Restrictions: Restricted to Ph.D. students in the Faculty of Science; M.Sc. students from the Faculty of Science and Ph.D. students from other faculties considered, space permitting. Enrolment is limited to 12 students. The language of instruction is English and it is not intended as an ESL course. Course is graded pass/fail.) Skills for writing and publishing scientific articles, including peer-reviewed manuscripts and short, critical reviews of published articles. Topics include techniques for developing logical arguments and writing publishable manuscripts.

Registration for Two Degree Programs Concurrently

Registration for Two Degree Programs Concurrently

No student may register in two degree programs or in two departments or faculties or two institutions concurrently without special permission granted by the Graduate Admissions Committee (composed of the Dean and Associate Deans of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies) and in consultation with the Graduate Admissions Unit of Enrolment Services, Students are advised that permission is never granted to attempt two full-time programs concurrently. Letters of recommendation, including details of the proportions of time that the student intends to allot to each program, must be received from the Chair of each department concerned. Each year, a progress report must be submitted from the two departments concerned to the Graduate Admissions Committee c/o the Graduate Admissions Unit of Enrolment Services before a student in this category will be permitted to register.

Time Limitation

Time Limitation

Candidates for master's degrees must complete the degree within three years of initial registration. If the degree is pursued strictly on a less than full-time basis, it must be completed within five years of initial registration.

In exceptional cases, a student who wishes to submit a thesis, or to complete outstanding degree requirements, after withdrawal may do so only on the recommendation of the department concerned. A graduate application must be submitted by stated deadlines and readmission fees will apply. The final decision rests with Enrolment Services.

By annual registration, all doctoral candidates may maintain their connection with the University for four years after completing their residence requirements.

The object of these regulations is to encourage candidates to complete their theses and qualify for their degree without undue delay.

Council of the FGSR - February 2, 1996

Withdrawal from a Degree Program

Withdrawal from a Degree Program

Departments have the right to ask students to withdraw from the program if progress is not satisfactory, or if they have failed two courses required for their program, or for lack of performance in research. Please see Failure Policy.

Any student who withdraws from the University must complete a Request for a University Withdrawal form available at www.mcgill.ca/students/records/forms. Fees will then be refunded according to the conditions outlined in Course Change Period and in Regulations Concerning Course Withdrawal.

Late Registration

Late Registration

If you fail to register during the normal registration period, you can register within the period designated by the University for late registration with the payment of a late registration fee. For late registration fees, see Late Registration and Course Change Charges on the Student Accounts website at: www.mcgill.ca/student-accounts/tuition-fees/non-tuition-charges/other.

Returning Students: You may register late via Minerva from Thursday, August 15 until and including Tuesday, September 17, 2013.

New, Readmitted, and Returning Students (Fall): You may register late via Minerva from Thursday, August 15 until Tuesday, September 17, 2013.

New and Readmitted Students (Winter): You may register late via Minerva from Tuesday, January 7 until Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

Special Late Registration: If you cannot register online during the late registration period, usually due to late admission, you may receive special permission to register in person. This information is included with your letter of acceptance.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2013-2014 (last updated Nov. 22, 2012) (disclaimer)