Course Selection

Key points

  • Refer to the helpful registration information. For help with course registration error messages, consult the tips on handling registration problems.

  • Choose your programs of study.

  • U1 students should select courses according to the requirements for their programs (Major/Minor concentrations, Honours/Joint Honours programs, Faculty programs).

  • Refer to the eCalendar as well as individual departmental program information (found on departmental websites) to confirm program requirements.
  • Do not register for a course if it overlaps in time with another course listed in the Minerva Class Schedule 
  • Know your Departmental Academic Advisors
    • They are very familiar with the requirements of their Honours, Major Concentration, and Minor Concentration programs.
    • They give specific information about prerequisites, courses, approval for required courses and program selection.
    • They are also generally members of McGill University's academic staff, and can also provide useful insight into potential options for further study in their respective disciplines. 

Course Load

  • A typical full-time course load is 12-15 credits per semester.
  • Students must be registered for a minimum of 12 credits to be considered full-time.
  • If you enrol in 5 courses (15 credits) in one semester, a suggested course selection would include:
    • 2-3 courses for a Major Concentration
    • 1-2 courses for a Minor Concentration
    • 1-2 courses of electives


B.A. students:

Course Level

  • Most courses taken in the first year at McGill will be at the 200 level
    • Exception: language courses, where the appropriate level will be determined by a placement test administered by the department offering the course.
  • The first digit of the course number normally denotes the course level.


  • When registering for courses:
  • Minerva will not prevent you from registering in a course for which you have not satisfied the prerequisite. You are responsible for the consequences of your registration.
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