External electives policy

Master of Information Studies students may be granted permission to take up to 12 credits (4 courses) of elective courses offered outside of the School, either at McGill or at other universities; with prior approval, using the form below. The total number of permissible credits will depend on factors such as fulfilment of MISt program requirements, and are subject to approval by your academic advisor, the School, McGill Graduate Studies, and the external institution.

Prior approval by the School is required for any course outside the School using the request for approval form below; students are not automatically guaranteed a maximum of 12 external credits.

To be eligible for consideration, courses:

  • Must be an academic course at the graduate level (500-, 600-, or 700-level). Non-academic continuing studies courses do not qualify.
  • Must have a substantial and demonstrated difference in content than any related SIS course, OR are not offered by SIS but are related to the student’s degree at SIS.

Please note: In order that graduation is not delayed, it is recommended that students do not take external courses in their final semester.


Contact your academic advisor with a copy of the course outline to discuss the external course and MISt program requirements. Complete and submit the SIS external course permission request form for any course external to SIS (either at McGill or at other institutions), including supporting information and advisor's signature. You will be notified of the decision by email. If approved by the School, students interested in taking courses at other Canadian institutions must then complete and submit an inter-institutional credit transfer request. See forms below:

Inter-institutional credit transfer request forms


Questions? Please contact your academic advisor.