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ESE Master’s Course Registration | Fall 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 Fall 2022 via Path@Penn. Course requests may be submitted at any time during this period. 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

  1. Plan Your Courses: Review the relevant resources for your program:
  2. Create/Update Your Planned Courses: Update your plan with the courses you wish to take in Fall 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 Fall 2022 course plan.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION PROCEDURES | APRIL 18 - MAY 1

  1. Request Your Courses: Request your approved courses via Path@Penn at any time during the Advance Registration period. You will not be enrolled in any courses until after Advance Registration closes.
  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 Request 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 Path@Penn, 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 Fall 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 Path@Penn. 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) Path@Penn 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 Course Selection Period deadline of the semester. NOTE: Graduate students must follow the deadlines listed in the Graduate Academic Calendar. Undergraduates may have different deadlines.

 

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 Path@Penn before finalizing their schedules. During Course Selection (Add/Drop), courses are filled as students register for them and students will see immediately in Path@Penn if they are enrolled.

Please follow the procedures and guidelines in the boxes below.

COURSE SELECTION

Course Planning Instructions:

  1. Plan Your Courses: Review the relevant resources for your program:
  2. Create/Update Your Planned Courses: Update your plan with the courses you wish to take in Fall 2022.
  3. 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 Path@Penn: 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).
    • NOTE: If a course is listed as OPEN but there is a permit requirement, you must first request a permit with the appropriate department. You cannot register for a course with a permit requirement until you are approved for and receive a permit.
  • 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 the end of the Course Selection Period to Add/Drop courses.

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

Registration Resources
Permits/Waitlists/Requests
Key Dates | 2022

SPRING

JAN 12 First Day of Classes

JAN 25 GRAD ADD/DROP DEADLINE

JAN 31 May Grad Application

MAR 5-13 Spring Break

APR 18 – MAY 1 FALL ADVANCE REG

APR 26 WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE

APR 27 Classes end

APR 28 – MAY 1 Reading Days

MAY 2-10 Final Exams

MAY 10 Spring Term ends

 

FALL

TBA SEAS Graduate NSO

AUG 30 First Day of Classes

TBA GRAD ADD/DROP DEADLINE

TBA DEC Grad Application

Oct 6-9 Fall Term Break

TBA SPRING ADVANCE REG

DEC 11 WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE

DEC 12 Classes End

DEC 13-14 Reading Days

TBA MAY Grad Application

DEC 15-22 Final Exams

DEC 22 Fall Term Ends

DEC 23-JAN 10 Winter Break