Graduate courses

As you consider your degree requirements and the courses available to you, consult the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar for the year and term in which you were admitted. See the Archived Graduate Studies Academic Calendars page to find the calendar you need.

You may also find the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs calendar of important dates helpful. The customizable calendar provides term-specific academic deadlines, term start and end dates, examination periods and more. 


Graduate students may choose from courses within the 500, 600 and 700 series, as explained below. Consult your degree requirements when choosing courses.

500-series courses

Courses with numbers within the 500 series are undergraduate courses, and they are posted in the Schedule of Classes for Undergraduate Students

The 500-series courses provide

  • technical electives for undergraduate students who want to specialize in a particular area, and
  • background information for graduate students who lack specific knowledge.

600- and 700-series courses

System Design Engineering (SYDE) 600- and 700-series course offerings are subject to change and remain unconfirmed until they are posted in Schedule of Classes for Graduate Students. Normally, each 600- and 700-series course includes three hours of lectures per week for one term.

Reading Courses

Some 700-level courses are reading courses, in which students in research-based programs learn through independent study under the supervision of an instructor. Up to five students may be enrolled in each reading course. To be eligible to take a reading course, you must have taken at least one graduate course towards your degree and have a minimum grade of 80% in the degree you are pursuing.

 Course Offerings

The department updates the links below on a regular basis to provide notice of the coming schedule of classes and the tentative plans for future terms.