Enrolling in Courses

Enrollment tools

Self-service systems

Planning your schedule

  • Course Catalog: Course descriptions and prerequisites (typically the same from one year to the next).
  • Schedule of Classes: Current offerings of those courses (when, where, which instructor).
  • Academic Calendar: Term registration dates, drop/withdraw deadlines, holidays.

How to enroll

Sign into MyRED and go to Student > Enrollment. Follow the prompts to put courses in your "shopping cart" and enroll.


Enrolling for the first time

Not sure how to get into MyRED? See About MyRED.

Don't have a Student tab yet?

  • New US students: The Student tab will appear a week or two before enrollment opens for your admission term.
  • New international students: The Student tab will appear after you arrive on campus and check in with ISSO and Graduate Studies.

When to enroll each semester

See Academic Calendar for dates of Open Registration and Priority Registration, last day to withdraw, etc.
  • Your "shopping cart" will typically become available a week or two before enrollment opens.
  • For fall and spring Open Registration is preceded by Priority Registration, a phase when students become eligible to enroll for the term based on their "appointment" times. Graduate students and undergraduates with senior standing get the earliest opportunity to enroll. Your appointment time will appear in MyRED if applicable.

Know whether your enrollment eligibility is open-ended. Some categories of admission are limited to 1 or 2 terms and/or require further action to continue, like Visiting, Intercampus, and Express Admission.

Choosing courses

Pursuing a degree

Plan to collaborate with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of your coursework.

Each of our program summary pages provides links to the course subject areas most likely to be included.

Pursuing a certificate

Most graduate certificates have fairly specific course requirements. Consult a certificate coordinator or certificate summary for details.

Taking a few courses as non-degree

A wide variety of courses are open to you. (A few are open only to students in particular majors or degree programs.)

If you're considering a degree, contact that academic department early and often. Courses completed as a non-degree student can often (but not always) be applied toward a later degree program.

How many courses to take per term

Know whether you're required to maintain a certain enrollment load. You may, for example, need to maintain full-time status to stay in good standing for a funding source, a student visa, or the stage of your study. See also:

Coming and going

Want to start in a different term?

Students are admitted to begin in a particular term, printed on the certificate of admission. If you want to change your start term — earlier or later — talk to your department and Graduate Studies.

Need to take some time off?

Students working toward a degree or certificate should always consult an advisor or program coordinator before stopping out. Academic Leave is one way to temporarily suspend your studies.

International students should also consult ISSO.

Returning after an absence?

Generally, if you've been away for less than one year, you'll be able to resume enrolling without any extra steps.

If you go one full year without enrolling, you'll need to request reactivation when you're ready to resume your program.

Other information

It's your responsibility to know the rules.  Familiarize yourself with the policies and procedures in the Graduate Bulletin.