Preparing for course registration

1) Verify the date that registration will open for you.


2) Determine your graduation requirements.

You will need to fulfill two types of requirements to graduate:

A) Your degree requirements - these are the requirements you must fulfill to obtain your Bachelor's degree (this will include how many credits you need to graduate, how your degree is structured and any U0 Freshman courses you must take). 

B) Your chosen program requirements - these are the requirements you must fulfill to graduate with the Major(s)/Minor(s)/Honours/Concetration(s) that you choose to pursue within your degree (for information on the difference between Majors, Minors, etc... consult our terminology guide).

Consult the Course Selection & Advising table (at the bottom of this page) for graduation requirements and advising information for each Faculty and School.

DO YOU QUALIFY FOR TRANSFER CREDIT & EXEMPTIONS?

The number of credits you must complete to graduate, as well as the U0 (Freshman) courses you are required to take, will depend on any advanced/university-level coursework you completed prior to studying at McGill.  You may be granted transfer credit and/or exemptions for this work (up to a maximum of 30 credits).  This will determine whether you are placed in U0 or U1:

I did not complete any advanced-level course work during my pre-McGill studies. You will be placed in U0 (Freshman year)
  • In your first year at McGill, you will fulfill your Freshman requirements (i.e. courses). 
  • In your second year at McGill (U1) you will declare and begin taking courses towards your Major(s)/Minor(s)/etc...

I completed CEGEP, A-Levels, CAPE, French Baccalaureate or the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

You will be placed in U1
  • In your first year at McGill, you will declare and begin taking courses towards your Major(s)/Minor(s)/etc...
  • Depending on your program at McGill and the courses you took in CEGEP or high school, you may be required to take certain U0 (Freshman) courses.  If a large number of U0 Freshman courses need to be taken, your U1 status may be changed to U0.

I completed other advanced-level coursework (such as APs, IB Certificate, university courses, etc...).

You will be placed in U0 (Freshman year).  McGill will evaluate your coursework once final, official results are received and your status may be changed to U1.
  • If you are awarded 23 credits or less of transfer credit, you will remain a U0 student and you will have to complete several Freshman requirements (i.e. courses) before you can declare your Major(s)/Minor(s)/etc...  Depending on how much credit you are granted, this will take a semester to a year.
  • If you are awarded 24 credits or more, your status will be changed to U1. You will be able to declare and begin taking courses towards your Major(s)/Minor(s)/etc... However, depending on the courses you took in high school (and the exemptions you are granted), you may be required to take certain U0 (Freshman) courses.

Consult Transfer Credit & Advanced Standing for full details on transfer credit and exemptions.

If you feel that you've completed the equivalent of one or more McGill math or science courses but do not have the certification to prove it, you may be eligible to write placement exams in linear algebra, biology, chemistry, math or physics.


3) Plan your program

Start thinking about how you plan to fulfill both your degree and program requirements over the course of your 3-5 years at McGill.

STEP 1: Make use of the resources outlined on this page - in particular, the Course Selection links found in the table at the bottom of this page (here you will find detailed information about your program structure and requirements).

STEP 2: Read through the information found on your Faculty or School's advising website (see the table below for links).

STEP 3: Get support. You can contact your Advising Office directly, but note that most program advisors will only be available for new student advising in June.  This means that you will likely select and register for your first year courses before meeting an academic advisor.  Don't worry about making a mistake in your course selection, you will have plenty of time to review your selection with an advisor before the add/drop deadline.

If after reviewing the information found here and on your Faculty’s website, you’re still not sure where to direct your questions about registration or program requirements, you can contact Ask an Advisor.  Ask an Advisor is a referral and advising resource for undergraduate students in all faculties and programs, and they will make sure that you get to the right place the first time.

HELPFUL TIPS:

  • Start by planning your first year registration, but also consider how you want this to tie into future years.  For example: if you think you might want to do an Honours program, consult the eCalendar for any prerequisite courses that you may need to take in your first or second year.
  • Consider attending a Campus Connect event (hosted on campus during April, March and May), where you can speak to an advisor before registration opens. Otherwise, advisors will be easiest to reach by phone or email in June. They will also be present during Orientation Week, and certain Faculties will require you to schedule an appointment at the start of the year to meet with an advisor.
  • Check your McGill email inbox! Important advising information and updates will be sent to your McGill email over the summer.

4) Build your first year schedule

Once you understand what courses you should be registering for in your first year, use these tools to help you build your schedule:

Class Schedule - instructions on how to navigate the Class Schedule Search on Minerva so you can build your schedule.

Visual Schedule Builder (VSB)- a tool that lets you input the courses you'd like to take and view the resulting schedule options.  Note: VSB does not actually register you in courses, it is only a tool to help coordinate your schedule.

You do not need approval from an advisor to register for courses.  Also note that not all students are assigned a specific advisor (this will depend on the program you are in) and not all programs have mandatory advising.

HELPFUL TIPS:

  • Focus on required courses first, then fit in electives (when possible).
  • Take courses of an appropriate level.  If you have been admitted to U0, you should be taking 100 and 200-level courses during your first year.  If you have been admitted to U1, you should be taking mostly 200-level courses during your first year.
  • Many courses offer multiple ‘sections’, which are held on different days/times of the week. You should select the section that best fits your schedule (and your personality!). Choosing different sections can also help you better fit electives into your schedule.
  • Make note of the CRN (course reference number) for each course you want to register for – this information is found on the Minerva Class Schedule Search. You can use the CRN to ‘quick add/drop courses’ on Minerva when registration opens (this lets you register faster).
  • Certain classes will not be open to you immediately when registration opens. This may be because that course is reserved for students in a specific degree or program (this course may open up later if space is available). NOTE: If you are trying to register for a Freshman science course, the dates that each course opens for registration will vary.
  • Prepare alternative course selections in case a course is full or does not fit into your schedule. Some courses will offer a waitlist or a spot may open up before classes start (track over the summer to see if a spot opens).  If you can't get in, don't worry - next year you will have higher registration priority as a returning student! Note: If one of your required courses is full, contact your Advising Office (not the professor). They will help you find a place in required courses.
  • If registering for a waitlist, note that there is no limit to the number of waitlists you can be on.
  • Do your best, but don't stress! The only mistake you can make is not registering for courses.  You will have plenty of time to speak with an advisor before the add/drop deadline.


5) Register for courses on Minerva

Login to Minerva on the date registration opens for you and complete your course registration. 

For instructions on how to register using Minerva, consult the Registering for courses.

You must register for at least one course by August 14 to avoid paying a late registration fee.


COURSE SELECTION & ADVISING INFORMATION

FACULTY/SCHOOL COURSE SELECTION ADVISING
Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

U0 Freshman requirements

 

For students entering U1:

Bachelor of Engineering (Bioresource Engineering)

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences) - scroll down and select "Advising Info" for the Major of your choice.

Bachelor of Science (Food Science)

Bachelor of Science (Nutritional Sciences)

Concurrent Bachelor of Science (Food Science) and Bachelor of Science (Nutritional Sciences)

Academic Advising

Arts

See Science for Bachelor of Arts & Science

For students entering U0 (Freshman):

General advising and a list of approved Freshman courses

U0 Freshman requirements (General)

U0 Freshman requirements (French Option)

 

For students entering U1:

Program structure - outlines the Multi-Track, Honours, Joint Honours and Faculty Program options

Requirements for Majors, Minors and Honours - click on the "X" to view the program outline

Requirements for the Faculty Programs in Industrial Relations and Environment

Student Affairs Office (OASIS)
Dentistry

5 year DENT-P program

4 year DMD program

Academic Affairs
Dietetics and Human Nutrition

U0 Freshman requirements

U1 requirements

Academic Advising
Education

Bachelor of Education

For students entering U0 (Freshman):

U0 Freshman requirements

 

For students entering U1

Physical Education students

All other students - Select your program from the list > Select "Newly Admitted" > Select "Four Year Overview" (unless admitted as a University Transfer students)

 

Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology):

U0 Freshman requirements

For students entering U1

Academic Advising

Engineering

(includes Architecture)

Course selection for all new students

Includes:

  • How to plan your course selection when you have Transfer Credit/Advanced Standing
  • Curriculum by program

Mandatory Orientation for new students

Academic Advising

Law Program requirements and registration information

Guide for new students

Academic Advising

Management

U0 Freshman requirements

U1 requirements

Not sure if you are U0 or U1? Consult Advanced Standing for Management students.

Academic Advising
Medicine

5 year MED-P program (1st year curriculum)

4 year MDCM program (orientation and registration)

Academic Support and Student Services
Nursing

3 year Bachelor of Science (Nursing)

2 year Bachelor of Nursing (Integrated) - for students admitted from CEGEP in the Nursing DEC 180.A0

 Academic Advising

 

Music Program requirements (select your program from the list) Academic Advising
Physical & Occupational Therapy

Physical Therapy - requirements and advising

Occupational Therapy - requirements and advising

Student Services
Religious Studies Program requirements Academic Advising
Science

For students entering U0 (Freshman):

Special Note for Freshman Registration

Bachelor of Science U0 (Freshman) requirements

Bachelor of Arts & Science U0 (Freshman) requirements

 

For students entering U1:

For information on program structure:
Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Arts & Science

Requirements for Major, Minor, Liberal and Honours programs: What can I study?

Academic Advising

Guide for new students

List of Academic Advisors by department

Social Work BSW requirements Academic Advising