Enrolment & Registration

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Enrolment & Registration


    • The process of choosing and signing up for courses on the University of Toronto Student Web Service, also known as ACORN.
    • You will need to log into ACORN with your UTORid and password.


    • A student is only considered “registered” once they have made the minimum tuition payment.
    • Students are able to enrol in courses before paying tuition. Once you’ve enrolled in courses, you’ll need to pay your tuition fees by the registration deadline.
    • Course enrolment begins in late July, and the registration deadline is typically late August.
    • The minimum payment to register for Fall & Winter is: Arrears + 100% of Fall tuition fees.
    • Please review this page for information on how and when to make tuition payments.

Are you a new student incoming September 2024? Be sure to review our Getting Started guide to review important information about transitioning to life as an iSchool student.

NEW 2024-25 MI/MMSt/CDP/PhD Getting Started Guide!

Links to Enrolment & Registration Information for BI, MI, MMSt, CDP, and PhD programs.
Bachelor of Information Enrolment & Registration Guide Master of Information Enrolment & Registration Guide Master of Museum Studies Enrolment & Registration Guide PhD Enrolment & Registration Guide

Auditing Courses

The Faculty of Information follows the University of Toronto’s Policy on Auditing of Courses (PDF).

To request to audit a course:

    1. Complete the Application to Audit an iSchool Course Form (PDF)
    2. Request the instructor’s approval to audit their course; get the instructor’s signature on the form if possible.
    3. Email the completed form to Student Services for final approval. If a course is full you may not be able to audit the course even with instructor’s permission.

An audit fee ($500) will apply to individuals outside of the University of Toronto.

Understanding Course Codes

Before you begin at the Faculty of Information, you may wish view this guide to understanding University of Toronto / Faculty of Information course codes to ensure you are enrolling into courses of the appropriate level, and in the correct term!

Standard Course Loads

Standard course loads for Master of Information students. CR = Credit.
Fall Term: September–December 2.0 CR 1.0 CR
Winter Term: January–April 2.0 CR 1.0 CR
Summer Term: May–August
2.0 CR 1.0 CR

MI Full-time students: A regular course load for full-time MI students is 2.0 credits per term. Reducing your course load to 1.0 credits in a term does NOT automatically switch you to part-time. Consult the information here about how to transfer from full-time to part-time status.

MMSt students: Full-time status with 2.0 credits per term allowed; Summer session is optional.

CDP students: Full-time status with 2.0 credits per term allowed (though some terms might have a 2.5-credits allowable quota); Summer session is optional.

BI students: Full-time status with 2.5 credits per term in the Fall and Winter; part-time status with 1.0-credits in the Summer.

Doctoral Students: continuous full-time status throughout their degree duration. It is not possible to register with part-time status in the PhD program.

Students who may be interested in taking additional courses should review information on taking extra courses and note the following:

    • Students must submit a Faculty of Information Course Overload Request Form. Submitting a request does not guarantee enrolment. Each request is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
    • First year students are not eligible to request an additional course in their first term.
    • Part-time students are not eligible to request an overload. They can take a maximum of 1.0 credit per term.

Confirmation of Registration

Students may need a letter to confirm their registration status at the University and Faculty for a variety of reasons. There are multiple ways students may request a letter, depending on the reason for the request. Please see the information at the link provided.

Coursework Extensions — Requesting Extensions Beyond the End of Term

To learn more, view our page on coursework extensions.

Dropping Courses

Students may wish to drop a course for a variety of reasons. It is important to familiarize yourself with the course drop process.

External Courses — Taking Courses Outside of Your Degree Program

Taking external courses is a great way to broaden your competencies beyond the walls of the Claude Bissell building. An “external” courses refer to any course that is outside of your current degree program.

For our Bachelor’s and Master’s students, please follow our guide on taking external courses.

For our doctoral students, please review the “Procedures to enrol in elective courses” on the PhD degree program page.

Extra Courses — Taking Courses Not Required for your Degree Program

Please view Extra Courses for more information on taking courses outside of your program.

Reading Courses

Reading Courses serve as a way to meet the needs of individual students who wish to explore topics not covered by courses currently offered at the Faculty of Information. They are categorized as elective courses, and are subject to the same regulations as other elective courses.

For our Bachelor’s and Master’s students, please follow our guide on Reading courses.

For our doctoral students, please review the information under the PhD degree program page. For the procedure on how to enrol in elective courses, navigate to the Procedures to enrol in elective courses section.

Transfer Credits, Exemptions & Pre-requisite Waivers

Please view the information on transfer credits, exemptions, and pre-requisite waivers.

Transferring / Switching

For MI students who may be interested in transferring between part-time and full-time; or transferring between concentrations, please review the information on Transferring.

Our Bachelor, MMSt, and Doctoral programs are only offered on a full-time basis. If you are experiencing difficulties in managing your courseload, please consult with your academic advisor to discuss available options. You may also be interested in reviewing our Wellness and Learning supports page for Faculty, University and external resources.