Course listings and regulations governing courses and grades are found in the University of Waterloo Graduate Calendar.
A list of the graduate courses being taught in an upcoming term can be reviewed on Quest approximately two months before the term begins.
With the approval of your supervisor(s) and departmental Associate Chair, Graduate Studies, you can register for courses in three categories:
1. Credit Courses
When you register in courses for credit, they are part of your degree program whether or not they contribute to the minimum requirements.
The grades you receive in credit courses are included on your transcript and counted in your average.
How do I register for a credit course?
In most cases you can register for your credit courses through Quest.
If you are looking to enrol in an undergraduate course, or a course with a restriction which does not allow you to register on Quest, you will have to complete a Course Add/Drop form and submit it to your department for approval by the course registration deadline.
2. Audit Courses
If you wish to take a course for background knowledge without being examined on its content you may request to audit the course. At the end of term you will be given a grade of AUD (audit) in place of a numerical grade.
What do I need to do to audit a course?
Your first step is to contact the course instructor at the beginning of term to discuss the expectations they will have of you as a student auditing his or her course.
Please note: If you have not met the course instructor's expectations by the end of term, the audit course will be removed from your record. This is why it is important to have clear communication about expectations before you join the course.
3. Extra Courses
Taking a course as an extra means your course grade will be seen on your transcript, but the course is not counted towards your degree program and your grade will not be included in your average.
Why would I take a course as an extra?
Extra courses can be counted towards a future degree's requirements. If you want use a course taken in one degree for a subsequent degree you must change the credit course to extra before you complete your current program requirements. This change cannot be made after you have graduated.
For example: a course taken in your MASc which is marked as extra before you graduate can be used towards your PhD course requirements.
How do I enroll in a course as an extra?
How many courses may I take with my supervisor?
You can take no more than one half of your course requirements, as listed in the University of Waterloo Graduate Calendar, with your supervisor(s).
For example, if you have to take three courses for your PhD, only one can be with your supervisor(s). As a MASc student you may need to take four courses; in that case, a maximum of two courses could be with your supervisor(s).
If you have two or more co-supervisors, this rule may be modified, but the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies would first have to approve the request from your department to make an exception before you take the course. A copy of the approval will be added to your file.
Please contact your department coordinator if you have questions about this.