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ESE Master’s Course Registration | Spring 2022

Advance Registration & Course Selection (Add/Drop)

There are two components to course registration: Advance Registration and Course Selection (also known as Add/Drop).

Advance Registration

During Advance Registration, students submit their preferred and alternative courses for Spring 2022 via PennInTouch. Course requests may be submitted at any time during this period between November 1 and November 14. All course requests are processed at the conclusion of the Advance Registration period, regardless of when the request was submitted. There is no advantage to registering early and no guarantee that students will be enrolled in all requested courses.

Please follow the procedures and guidelines in the boxes below.

ADVISOR APPROVAL | NOVEMBER 1-14

  1. Plan Your Courses: Review the relevant resources for your program:
  2. Create/Update Your Planning Worksheet: Update your PennInTouch worksheet with the courses you wish to take in Spring 2022.
  3. Email or Meet with Your Advisor for Course Plan Approval: Email or meet with your Faculty Advisor and/or Program Coordinator to obtain approval for your Spring 2022 course plan.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION PROCEDURES | NOVEMBER 1-14

  1. Request Your Courses: Request your approved courses via PennInTouch at any time during the Advance Registration period. You will not be enrolled in any courses until after Advance Registration closes on November 14, 2021.
  2. Obtain Course Permits: For any of your courses that require a permit, please request the permit from the relevant instructor or department. For each ESE course permit that you require, please complete the ESE Permit-Waitlist Form.
  3. Obtain Time-Conflict Permits: To take two courses that are scheduled at the same time, complete the Time Conflict Permit Form and email it directly to the Master’s Programs Coordinator.
  4. Resolve Registration Holds: If you find that you are on registration hold in PennInTouch, please contact the Program Coordinator to help you resolve the hold.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION GUIDELINES

  • Choose only 500-level or higher level courses to fulfill your master’s program requirements.
  • Focus on completing the majority of your Category A and B core courses in Year 1.
  • Select 4-6 different course options for flexibility/alternate courses.
  • Double-check course times to avoid scheduling conflicts.
  • Drop alternate courses before the Course Selection Period ends. (Your tuition bill is based on the number of courses you register for.)
  • Register for at least 3 CUs to maintain full-time visa status, if you are an on-campus international student. If Spring 2022 is your final semester, and you only need 1 CU or 2 CUs to complete your degree, you must apply for Reduced Course Load (Completion of Study or Coursework) via ISSS.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION FAQs

OVERVIEW – WHAT IS ADVANCE REGISTRATION?

During Advance Registration, students can “register” for courses on PennInTouch.  What is submitted during this period are considered “course requests” only.  The registrar will review these requests and enroll students. Once that concludes, the Course Selection Period begins.

While Advance Registration Tips are geared toward undergraduates, the page includes some useful tips for graduate students, too.

 

IS DAY 1 OF ADVANCE REGISTRATION THE BEST DAY TO REQUEST COURSES?

No. Requests are not time-stamped, so there is no advantage in submitting your request on Day 1 vs Day 14 during the Advance Registration period.

If there are more requests than seats available, students who meet selection criteria will be randomly selected for registration.  Students who have not been enrolled in the course can ask to be added to a waitlist.

 

HOW ARE COURSES REQUESTS APPROVED?

Once Advance Registration closes, the registrar processes course requests. The course assignment system takes into account the parameters set on the course. The registrar officially enrolls students provided they meet all applicable parameters (e.g., students in certain majors/programs or certain academic years). The registrar then provides this enrollment information to all academic departments, which can then determine if adjustments to the course roster are needed.

 

WILL I DEFINITELY BE ENROLLED IN ALL OF THE COURSES I REQUESTED?

No. There are no guarantees.

Some course requests may be granted, some may not. Reasons vary case by case, such as:

  • Permit required;
  • Exceeds CU limit;
  • Time conflicts between requested courses (Lower priority requests will be dropped from the schedule, while higher priority courses will remain);
  • Seats outnumber course requests (Students who fulfill the course selection parameters will be randomly chosen by the scheduling system).

 

WHEN CAN I OFFICIALLY REGISTER FOR COURSES?

After the registrar’s review period (about two weeks) PennInTouch will reopen to allow students to register for courses.  This is the official start of the Course Selection or Add/Drop period, when students can make changes to their schedule until the ADD/DROP deadline of the Spring 2022 semester.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT SUBMIT COURSE REQUESTS DURING ADVANCE REGISTRATION?

Students will still be able to register when the system officially opens for the Course Selection period (usually about 2 weeks after the end of Advance Registration).

If a course has greater demand than seats, requesting the course during Advance Registration improves a student’s chance of getting into the course versus registering once the Course Selection (Add/Drop) period begins.

Course Selection

During the Course Selection period, also known as Add/Drop, students may visit classes and add and drop courses using PennInTouch before finalizing their schedules. During Course Selection (Add/Drop), courses are filled as students register for them and students will see immediately in PennInTouch if they are enrolled.

Please follow the procedures and guidelines in the boxes below.

COURSE SELECTION | OPEN TBD-JAN 25, 2022

Course Planning Instructions:

  1. Plan Your Courses: Review the relevant resources for your program:
  2. Create/Update Your Planning Worksheet in PennInTouch with the courses you wish to take in Spring 2022.
  3. Email the Program Coordinator to obtain Advisor Sign-Off for your Spring 2022 course plan.
  4. Register for courses!

 

Course Planning/Registration Guidelines:

  • Choose only 500-level or higher level courses to fulfill your master’s program requirements.
  • Focus on completing the majority of your Category A and B core courses in Year 1.
  • Double-check course times to avoid scheduling conflicts. (Use Time Conflict form in sidebar.)
  • Select 4-6 CUs initially during the Course Selection Period (Add/Drop) in case any preferred courses close.
  • Register for a maximum of 3 CUs in your first semester. 
  • Register for 3 CUs to maintain full-time visa status, if you will be an on-campus international student.
  • Complete the relevant Permit/Waitlist/Request form (found in sidebar), if your preferred course is CLOSED or requires a permit.
  • Visit available courses at the beginning of Spring 2022 semester, if you are interested or if you unsure about your plan.
  • Drop alternate courses before the Course Selection Period (Add/Drop) ends. (Your tuition bill is based on the number of courses you register for.)

 

A Note on Prerequisites for Graduate Courses:

  • If the prerequisite course number is below 500, then you do not need the prerequisite.
  • If the prerequisite course number is above 500–and if the desired course does not require a permit–you may still take the course. However, you are encouraged to first seek Faculty Advisor and/or instructor advice to help you assess whether your previous courses or background are sufficient.

CLOSED COURSES | PERMITS/WAITLISTS

During Course Selection (Add/Drop), courses are filled as students register for them, so you will  immediately know if you are enrolled or not. 

If your preferred course is closed or requires a permit:

  • Get on the Waitlist: For courses that are CLOSED, you might still have a chance to be enrolled if someone else drops out. 
  • Request a Permit: For courses that require PERMISSION, please find the relevant Permit/Waitlist/Request forms in the sidebar.
  • Double-check often in PennInTouch: If your preferred course has opened up, it will be listed as OPEN. Please try to register for the OPEN course as soon as possible (courses can close back up again quickly).
  • Search/Register for other CAT A/CAT B courses as a backup plan in case you cannot get into your preferred courses. You will have until January 25, 2022 to Add/Drop courses.

Please find the relevant Permit/Waitlist/Request forms in the sidebar.

Registration Resources
Permits/Waitlists/Requests
Key Dates | Fall 2021

AUG 24 SEAS Graduate NSO

AUG 31 First Day of Classes

SEP 14 ADD/DROP DEADLINE

SEP 20 DEC Grad Application

Oct 14-17 Fall Term Break

NOV 1-14 ADVANCE REG

DEC 9 WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE

DEC 10 Classes End

DEC 11-14 Reading Days

DEC 14 MAY Grad Application

DEC 15-22 Final Exams

DEC 22 Fall Term Ends

DEC 24-JAN 12 Winter Break