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ESE Master’s Course Registration

Advance Registration & Course Selection (Add/Drop/Swap)

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

Advance Registration | Spring 2023 Courses: Oct 31 – Nov 13 at 11:59pm

During Advance Registration, students submit their preferred and alternative courses for the upcoming semester 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: Create/update a plan with the courses you wish to take in the upcoming semester and which categories you intend to count them for.
  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 course plan.
    1. MS EE students: You must obtain advisor signoff to have your registration hold released. Choose ONE of the following methods to receive signoff:
      1. Meet with your faculty advisor to discuss your Spring 2023 course plans. If they approve, they can issue advisor signoff and release the registration hold.
      2. Submit the Spring 2023 Course Plans form OR meet with the ESE Master’s Program Coordinator Liana about your Spring 2023 course plans. If approved, Liana will issue advisor signoff and release the registration hold.
      3. Attend the ESE Master’s Advance Registration Info Session on October 27 from 1-2pm (Raisler). All MS EE students in attendance received advisor signoff by the end of the day October 28.
    2. MS SE students: There is no advisor signoff registration hold, but you are strongly encouraged to meet with your faculty advisor to discuss your course plans. In addition to speaking with your faculty advisor, you are welcome to submit the Spring 2023 Course Plans form or meet with the ESE Master’s Program Coordinator Liana.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION PROCEDURES

  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 process.
  3. Resolve Registration Holds: If you find that you are on registration hold in Path@Penn, please contact the relevant office to help you resolve the hold (e.g. contact SRFS for any billing/financial holds, Student Health Services for any immunization holds, etc.)

ADVANCE REGISTRATION GUIDELINES

  • Choose only 5000-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 next semester 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/Swap 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/Swap) period begins.

Course Selection | Spring 2023 Courses: Nov 22 at 7am – Jan 24 at 11:59pm

During the Course Selection period, also known as Add/Drop/Swap, students may visit classes and add and drop courses using Path@Penn before finalizing their schedules. During Course Selection (Add/Drop/Swap), 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: Create/update a plan with the courses you wish to take in the upcoming semester and which categories you intend to count them for.
  3. Register for courses!

 

Course Planning/Registration Guidelines:

  • Choose only 5000-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.
  • Select 4-6 CUs initially during the Course Selection Period (Add/Drop/Swap) 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 (varies by department), if your preferred course is CLOSED or requires a permit.
  • Visit available courses at the beginning of the semester, if you are interested or if you unsure about your plan.
  • Drop alternate courses before the Course Selection Period (Add/Drop/Swap) 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 5000, then you do not need the prerequisite.
  • If the prerequisite course number is above 5000–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.