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ESE Master’s Course Registration | Spring 2021

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 2021 via PennInTouch. 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 | NOV 23-DEC 7

  1. Plan Your Courses: Review the relevant resources for your program: Program Course Planning Guide, 2020-21 Course Catalog, Spring 2021 Course Timetables, etc.
  2. Create/Update Your Planning Worksheet: Update your PennInTouch worksheet with the courses you wish to take in Spring 2021.
  3. Email or Meet with Your Advisor for Course Plan Approval: Email or meet with your Faculty Advisor or Program Coordinator to obtain approval for your Spring 2021 course plan.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION PROCEDURES | NOV 30-DEC 7

  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 December 7.
  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 SEAS Registrar, Cindi Buoni, buoni@seas.upenn.edu
  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 2021 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 early part of the Fall 2020 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. Unlike during Advance Registration, the Course Selection period courses are filled as students register for them, so timing is important and students will know immediately if they are enrolled.

Please follow the instructions and guidelines in the boxes below.

 

COURSE SELECTION PROCEDURE | TBD to FEB 2, 2020

Please check back after December 8.

COURSE SELECTION FAQs

Please check back after December 8.

 

Registration Resources

Permits/Waitlists/Requests

ESE Faculty Office Hours

ESE Master’s Programs Coordinator Liz Kopeczky

Key Dates

NOV 30-DEC 7: ADV REG

DEC 10: Classes End

DEC 11-14: Reading Days

TBD: ADD/DROP Opens

DEC 15-22: Finals

DEC 22: Fall Term Ends

JAN 20: Classes Begin

FEB 2: ADD/DROP Ends