Enrollment Instructions

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Spring 2021 Registration

Classes start on February 1. January 25-February 5: Online Course Selection

  • Browse available courses on Yale Course Search
  • Use Online Course Selection (OCS) to add courses to your worksheet
  • All courses in your worksheet will be automatically added to your profile on canvas, allowing you to receive critical announcements.
  • Meet with the Director of Student Affairs to discuss your choices (January 11-29).
  • Review your worksheet and remove courses you are no longer planning to take.
  • Submit your worksheet online (OCS) by the end of registration on February 5.
  • If you want to remove, add, or audit courses after registration closes you must submit the GSAS Course Schedule Change Form  (please select Course Schedule Change Form). The deadline to add/drop/audit a course is March 30

Note: If there is a GLBL graduate number (500 or higher) on the course, enroll under that number.
If there is no GLBL number, it is easiest to enroll under another GSAS department number

Jackson Graduate Seminars

Spring 2021 Registration

  • January 11 (Monday) – January 29 (Friday): INDIVIDUAL ADVISING APPOINTMENTS
  • Wednesday, January 20 (11:59pm): Deadline for submitting paragraph of interest to Jackson professors
  • Monday, January 25 (12pm): Jackson professors communicate decisions to students
  • Wednesday, January 27 (11:59pm): Deadline for students to confirm their spots
  • January 29 & after: Waiting list shuffling
  • February 1 (Monday): Classes start
  • Feb 1-February 5: Add/Drop
School of Management

SOM’s spring semester starts on January 25.

The Spring 2021 enrollment form opens: January 18 at 9:00am
Please request enrollment for full-term, Spring 1 and Spring 2 SOM courses. See information for non-SOM students here.

  • Email the course instructor and ask for permission to join their class.
  • Complete the enrollment request form (read carefully and adhere to all policies on the form).
  • If accepted into an SOM course, complete the GSAS Course Schedule Change Form (select Course Schedule Change Form).

4 SOM units = 1 Graduate School Credit
2 SOM units = 0.5 Graduate School Credit

SOM has a website where non-SOM students can create a profile and request Canvas access for SOM courses.

  • Starting on Monday, January 18, students can log in to create a profile and shop an SOM course.
  • See here for instructions on how to create a profile and here for helpful screenshots.
  • On January 26, students will login to their profiles again to request enrollment in an SOM course. Students must complete this step in order for their registration in an SOM course to be completed.

Note: You will be billed for SOM course materials distributed in class or via Canvas. The fee is $15 for a 1/2 semester course and $30 for a full semester course.

The Law School

Spring 2021 enrollment: 
Note that LAW School courses begin on February 1, 2021

  • Email the course instructor and ask for permission to join their class.
  • Complete the Law School Permission form, which will be available beginning on January 4, 2021
  • Non-Law students may only take one LAW course per semester (unless the course is cross-listed with GLBL)


Yale School of the Environment

Spring 2021 enrollment: 

  • There is no separate process for enrolling in YSE (previously F&ES) courses
  • Add these courses in OCS as you would other GSAS classes
  • It is advised to email instructors of YSE courses if you are interested in their seminar
Yale College

To receive graduate credit for an undergraduate course, follow these steps:

  • Complete the graduate credit request form
  • Should the course offer discussion sections, you must submit the GSAS drop/add form (please select Course Schedule Change Form) to add the discussion section to your schedule and bring it back to Jackson Institute registrar’s office.
  • Language courses are the only undergraduate courses that don’t require a petition for graduate credit.
  • Note that Yale College students register for courses in December for the Spring 2021 term. If you would like a seat in an undergraduate seminar, it is advised to email the instructor before December 9 to express interest and request a seat. 
Directed Reading

If you have interests that cannot be addressed through regular graduate-level courses, you may arrange a directed reading or independent project with a faculty member or Senior Fellow for graduate credit. Usually limited to one per semester, these courses may involve reading the literature on a topic, attending a lecture or seminar series, and writing a substantial research paper. It is your responsibility to make all of the arrangements  before the semester begins.

To enroll in directed reading follow these steps:

  • Submit the signed Directed Reading Agreement form along with your plan of study and instructor permission to the Director of Graduate Studies, the Director of Student Affairs and Registrar at the Jackson Institute.
  • Once approved, please add the course in OCS as GLBL 799, if working with Jackson Institute Senior Fellow, or as GLBL 999, if working with Yale faculty.