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Choosing courses and enrolling

While most courses are offered every year, some specialized courses are offered only in alternate years, and a few are offered one-time-only.   It is also possible for students to enrol in a course outside of FES, to take an existing FES course for extra credits, or -- when the necessary course does not exist -- to design their own course (individual directed study).  For a complete course list and links to course outlines see the Complete course list.

Various forms for enrolment in courses listed below are available at http://fes.yorku.ca/students/current/mes/forms

All enrolment forms should be submitted as a complete package to OSAS.  Incomplete enrolment forms or packages will delay processing and may be returned to the student for more information.

York courses outside of FES

Students can take courses in other graduate programs at York where there is a demonstrated need to do so in an approved Plan of Study. To enrol in a graduate course outside of FES, students must fill out a ‘Request to take courses in another Graduate Program at York’ form. Students also have to request permission to enrol from the host program, Department or Faculty after they have permission from FES.

To enrol in a non-FES graduate course, students must list the course on their advising form (to be signed by the advisor) and attach the required ‘Request’ form. Forms are submitted to OSAS to be approved by the Graduate Program Director (and returned to the student’s mailbox). The student must take the ‘Request’ form to the graduate program in which s/he wishes to take the course and obtain their signature as well as their electronic permission to enrol in the course.  Upon approval, the student can enrol online.

Courses in other universities

In order to take a course at another university, a student must apply to the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) to be an ‘Ontario Visiting Graduate Student’ (OVGS).  Students may take a maximum of only two OVGS courses during his or her graduate program, only if a similar course is not available at York and where there is a demonstrated need to do so in an approved Plan of Study. If the application is approved, the student can enrol without paying additional tuition fees. When considering this option, the student should begin the process as soon as possible, ideally two months before the beginning of the class. FES students are subject to the regulations of the host university in relation to the course taken. If the student wishes to drop the course s/he must do so as per the host university’s regulations, or run the risk of receiving an Unsatisfactory (U) grade and being required to pay for the course in this instance. An OVGS withdrawal form must be completed in order to withdraw from a course at another university.

To enrol in a graduate course offered at another university, a student must list the course on her/his advising form and complete the ‘Ontario Visiting Graduate Student’ form (www.yorku.ca/grads/forms/VisitingGradStudentApp.pdf) and attach a course outline and rationale stating why they need to take the course outside of York.  Both forms require the advisor’s signature (or email confirmation) before being submitted to OSAS. The Graduate Program Director will review and approve these requests before forwarding the application forms to the Faculty of Graduate Studies for approval. FGS will forward the form to the university at which the course is offered, for approval. If approved, OSAS enrols you in the course ENVS 6499 for FES records.   There is a special form on the FGS website that you must complete if you decide not to take this course after the paperwork has started through the process.  The withdrawal form must be submitted to the university where the student is taking the course.

Request to take an FES course for additional credits

Students requesting to take an FES course for additional credits must complete the ‘Request to Take Course for Additional Credits’ form and indicate the number of credits (3, 6, 9 or 12) requested.  The student must describe in detail what additional work will be done to justify the extra credit. Students must obtain the course director’s approval and signature, as well as their advisor’s prior to submitting the form to OSAS.  These forms must be submitted before the registration and enrolment deadline, and are subject to approval by the Graduate Program Director.

Individual directed study (IDS)

If a student’s plan requires him/her to acquire specific knowledge or skills that cannot be acquired through an existing graduate course at York or at another nearby university, then the student may propose to do an individual directed study (ENVS 5599, 6599, or 7599).  To enrol in an IDS course, a student will list the course on their advising form, complete the specific IDS form (both forms require the advisor’s signature), and prepare a detailed description of the work to be undertaken in the term (as well as the name and contact information for the instructor, the form and frequency of the proposed contacts with the instructor, a description of the expected final output for the course, and the basis for evaluation of student performance by the instructor, as well as a bibliography). IDS enrolment documentation must be returned to OSAS by the registration and enrolment deadline, and is subject to approval by the Graduate Program Director. 

Field experience

A ‘field experience’ course (ENVS 5699, 6699, or 7699) earns students credit while they work or volunteer in the field. Field experience placements must be related to the plan of study and must be approved by the student’s advisor.  Students require an on-site field supervisor at the placement as well as an in-faculty instructor to evaluate their field experience report at the end of the term. Most MES students obtain 3 to 12 credits of field experience (MES program maximum is 24 credits). A work placement of 8-10 hours per week for 12 weeks is equivalent to 3 credits. OSAS Student Resource Assistant may assist students in finding suitable field experience placements.  A student wishing to enrol in this course must first secure a field experience position.  The course is listed on the term’s advising form (to be signed by the advisor) and the field experience enrolment form (to be signed by the advisor and field supervisor). Forms must be submitted to OSAS by the registration and enrolment deadline, and are subject to approval by the Graduate Program Director.  At the end of the term, students must prepare a field experience report and submit it to the faculty supervisor by the last day of classes in that term. Guidelines for setting up a field experience and writing the field experience report, can be found at: http://fes.yorku.ca/students/current/mes/forms/

4000 Level Undergraduate Course

Under certain circumstances an advisor may suggest that a student take a 4000 level undergraduate course. To enrol in this, students must list the course on their advising form (to be signed by the advisor) and attach the required ‘Request’ form. Forms are submitted to OSAS to be approved by the Graduate Program Director (and returned to the student’s mailbox). The student must take the ‘Request’ form to the program in which s/he wishes to take the course and obtain their signature as well as their electronic permission to enrol in the course.  Upon approval, the student can enrol online.