Degree, Program, and Course Planning

Degree, Program, and Course Planning

To complete your degree at UTSC, you must complete both the degree and program requirements. Complete the following 3 steps using Degree Explorer to stay on track towards completing your degree at UTSC.

  1. Assess your Program requirements
  2. Assess your Degree requirements
  3. Map out your future courses on the Degree Explorer Planner

Planning Tools

Program Specific Resources for Students

Planning Tips

Which program and degree requirements do I complete?

  • You can find the degree and program requirements in the Academic Calendar. In this, you can find academic policies, list of courses, degree requirements, and program requirements which could change each year. 
  • Take a look at the table below to identify which calendar you could follow for your degree and program requirements.
  • Prior to Fall 2019
    Calendars were in effect during Summer -> Fall -> Winter sessions (e.g. 2017-2018 calendar was in effect during the Summer 2017, Fall 2017, and Winter 2018 sessions).
  • From Fall 2019 and onwards
    Calendar has been in effect during Fall -> Winter -> Summer sessions (e.g. 2020-2021 calendar was in effect during the Fall 2020, Winter 2021, and Summer 2021 sessions).
  • 2018-2019 calendar is an exception as the calendar was in effect from Summer 2018 to Summer 2019 sessions (refer to the table below). 

Effective Date of the Calendar 
Look under the "Start Session" on Degree Explorer
and find the calendars from previous years

Start Session on Degree Explorer Calendar in effect
Summer 2018 2018-2019
Fall 2018 2018-2019
Winter 2019 2018-2019
Summer 2019 2018-2019
Fall 2019** 2019-2020
Winter 2020 2019-2020
Summer 2020 2019-2020
Fall 2020 2020-2021
Winter 2021 2020-2021
Summer 2021 2020-2021
Fall 2021 2021-2022
Winter 2022 2021-2022
Summer 2022 2021-2022
Fall 2022 2022-2023
Winter 2023 2022-2023
Summer 2023 2022-2023

Which Degree Requirements Do I Complete?

  • Students can complete the degree requirements outlined in the Academic Calendar in effect during their first or most recent registration at UTSC, or any in effect during the intervening period. 
  • For students who started in 2010 and onwards, the breadth requirement category can be found in the course description. Tip: Search for courses based on their breadth category at
  • Don't remember when you were admitted to UTSC? Check Degree Explorer. Look for Degree -> Start Session.

Which Program Requirements Do I Complete?

Since program requirements listed in the calendar could change from year to year, it is important to understand which program requirements you can follow. 

Enrolled in program prior to April 1, 2013 (Summer 2013 session)

  • You can complete any of the program requirements since the year you were admitted to UTSC. 

Enrolled in program since April 1, 2013 (Summer 2013 session)

HBA & HBSc programs 

  • You can complete any of the program requirements listed in the calendar since you added your program. 
  • Changed from co-op to non co-op version of the same program? Complete any program requirements from the year you were admitted to the co-op program.

BBA programs

  • You can complete any of the program requirements since the year you were initially admitted into the Management specialist program, even if you switch into another type of Management specialist program

Don't remember when you added your program? Check Degree Explorer. Look for Programs -> Start Session.

Program Planning Tips

  • You can follow program requirements from different calendars for your programs. E.g., 2017-2018 Biology major and 2016-2017 Psychology major requirements.
  • Want to know which program requirements would be best? Use the Degree Explorer Planner feature to assess your progress towards completing program requirements from various calendars; click on the drop-down box to change the year.
  • If you choose to follow the program requirements from a different calendar year, inform the Registrar’s Office by using the “Contact Us” button in Degree Explorer.  
  • Credit/No Credit (CR/NCR) courses cannot be used toward your program.
  • Do you want to use your transfer credits toward your programs? Seek permission from your program advisor. For further information review

If you need assistance with your academic planning, you can meet with an Academic & Learning Strategist. Check our drop-in hour and appointments. Please note that students are responsible for tracking their program and degree requirements.