Course Selection

Course selection is based on program course requirements, your supervisor’s input and your own interests.

If your undergraduate degree was not completed at the University of Calgary, you will find that you are unable to enrol in many graduate courses.  Please contact the graduate program administrator for access to enrol in these classes.

For funded students, it is critical that you make your course selection before the term starts as your teaching assignments will be scheduled around your timetable.

All graduate students must take the 600 seminar course (MATH 600, STAT 600, BIST 600 and ACSC 600) during the first year. This full year course is 1.5 hours per week and runs the fall and winter terms. When enrolling in this course, you must enrol both XXXX 600A in fall and XXXX 600B in winter. 

In addition to the XXXX 600 course:

  • Doctoral students usually take five courses in total. The course requirement is eight courses in total during the combined master’s and the PhD program. Out of the five courses, two must be from the core course list of your specialization. All courses should be at the graduate level (600 and above) but no more than two courses at the 500 level are allowed. You must discuss our course plans with your supervisor.
  • The master’s thesis-based program requires five courses. Out of the five courses, two must be from the core course list of your specialization. All courses should be at the graduate level (600 and above) but no more than two courses at the 500 level are allowed. You should discuss the selection of the courses with your supervisor.
  • The master’s course-based program requires eight courses. Out of the eight courses, two must be from the core course list of your specialization. All courses should be at the graduate level (600 and above) but no more than four courses at the 500 level are allowed. Please discuss your requests with the graduate program director.

The student should maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (calculated on a four-point scale) at the end of each registration year and attain at least a B- on each course taken for credit.

All of the graduate courses are listed in the graduate calendar. If you want to know what courses each term, please check the course listings page.

If you want add, drop, swap, withdraw or audit a course, or if your supervisor asks you to take a course from another department, you will need to fill out a change of course form, get all the signatures and submit the form to the graduate program administrator.