2. Prepare to register

Choose an academic curriculum (Major, Minor, etc.)

If you have the option in your degree and academic level (U0, U1, etc.), it is recommended that you select your Major / Minor / Honours / Liberal / Concentration program(s) before you register for your first term's courses, so that you start working toward an academic goal right away. This may also give you access to courses that are available only to students enrolled in your department or program.

The Science website offers some helpful tips on how to choose your program options for your degree, which will be useful for students in many degrees.

Some important notes:

  • CÉGEP students entering the Desautels Faculty of Management must select their program prior to registration.
  • CÉGEP students entering Arts or Science are strongly recommended to select their major prior to registration.
  • CÉGEP students entering the joint B.A.&Sc. degree are strongly recommended to choose both the Arts and Science components of their program. For more information, click here.
  • Students entering the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering should declare their program prior to registration.


Choose your courses

Plan ahead by narrowing down the list of courses that interest you before the registration period opens. That way, you'll be ready to register more quickly — and potentially before classes fill up. You can use McGill's Minerva Course Selection Form [.pdf] to get started with your planning. Your degree or program may also have a program or degree planning guide that you may want to use to help you at this stage.

To simplify things, fit any required courses into your schedule before your electives. The Class Schedule option in Minerva contains a searchable list of all courses offered per term at all levels. You can also use Visual Schedule Builder (VSB) to view your possible class schedules before you register in Minerva.

Be sure to have alternative selections ready in case the courses you want are full or cancelled. You can register for the Fall and Winter terms as soon as Fall registration opens, even though Winter-term courses may require that you successfully complete prerequisite Fall-term courses. Changes to Winter courses can be made all through the Fall term and into January. Check the  Important Dates website to find the Add/Drop (course change) deadlines for the current year.