Course Selection & Registration

Course Selection & Registration

Frequently Asked Questions

When am I able to register for 2024/2025 classes?

Registration for the 2024/25 academic year is currently scheduled for these dates:

  • Tuesday, March 19, 2024, beginning at 7:30 a.m. ADT – graduate and advanced journalism students (MJ, BJ) and returning undergraduate Journalism students. *Students in MJ, MFA and BJ programs, see Graduate and Advanced section for further guidance.
  • Wednesday, March 20, 2024 beginning at 6 a.m. ADT – returning undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science
  • Saturday, June 8, 2024 beginning at 12 noon ADT – incoming students

This page provides you with the resources and information that you need to register for courses and the King’s Academic Advisors are here to support you.

What do I do if I encounter registration errors?

A list of common registration errors and how to respond to them can be found online in the Dal Online Registration Help Index (See ‘Error Messages & Descriptions). If you have additional questions, contact registrar@ukings.ca for assistance.

Who do I contact for registration or advising support?

Visit Dalhousie’s section on registration and degree resources. For further information, you can also look at the 2023/2024 What’s Next Advising Guide. Our Course Registration Guide is also a good resource for first-year students when registering.

Academic Services in the Registrar’s Office at King’s has extended advising hours for the following dates:

  • Saturday, June 8 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ADT

In-person drop-in advising appointments will be available during this time. For virtual support, email registrar@ukings.ca or call 902-422-1271.

I’m a future King’s student. Who should I contact?

If you’re interested in studying at King’s, have questions about our programs, student experience or our campus, please email yolana.wassersug@ukings.ca.

How to select your courses

Incoming student? Start by activating your account.

This section will tell you how to register and how to plan a course of action for your first year and beyond at King’s.

Consult the King’s Academic Calendar section linked below for information regarding courses and programs at King’s. Information regarding courses and programs in Arts, Science and Music available through our partnership with Dalhousie can be found in the Dalhousie Academic Calendar.


Consult the Course Registration Guide [PDF], watch the series on how to register for courses, and plan your courses using the blank timetable [PDF] provided. You can also find more help for registration in the Dal Online Help Centre Registration Index. This section applies to:

  • Foundation Year Program (Arts)
  • Foundation Year Program (Science)
  • Bachelor of Journalism (Honours)*
  • Arts (undeclared major)
  • Science (undeclared major)
  • Transfer Students

*Includes Foundation Year Program

Course Registration Video Series

Course registration for new undergraduate students at King’s opens each year in June. Check out this two-part Course Registration Video Series for all of the information you’ll need for a smooth registration process!

Part 1: Definitions and helpful information for course registration

Part 2: Preparing to register using Dal Online


Course Registration Guide

For a visual aid, please see the Registration Tips videos made by the Dal Online Help Centre

Graduate and Advanced

Please select your program and use the following instructions, and the blank timetable [PDF] provided, to register for your required courses.

One-year Bachelor of Journalism

Bachelor of Journalism One-Year students must register for:

Fall Courses

Winter Courses

  • JOUR 5992.09: First winter workshop place holder **
  • JOUR 5993.09: Second winter workshop place holder  **
  • JOUR 0577.00: Journalism Internship

**Note: JOUR 5992.03, JOUR 5993.09 and JOUR 0577.00 are offered in the winter term. Ensure you have selected the winter term before registering for these courses. Specific workshops will not be selected until October. Workshop placeholders have been set to ensure your tuition is correct in the fall. You will choose your specific workshops with the assistance of the School of Journalism in the fall. They will provide the Registrar’s Office with a list and we will enrol you in your specific workshops.

Master of Journalism

Year one (September start)

Fall Courses

Winter Courses

  • JOUR 6702.06 Advanced Reporting
  • JOUR 6703.03 Professional Journalism Environment
  • JOUR 6705.03 Data Journalism Methods
  • 6 credit hours of electives must be completed and are typically taken in the winter semesters of either Y1 and/or Y2. Electives must be at the JOUR 6000 level or must be approved by the graduate coordinator prior to registration. Information about your elective options will be communicated to you by the School of Journalism, Writing & Publishing Office once available.

Year one (January start)

Winter Courses

  • JOUR 6702.06 Advanced Reporting
  • JOUR 6703.03 Professional Journalism Environment
  • JOUR 6705.03 Data Journalism Methods
  • 6 credit hours of electives must be completed and are typically taken in the winter semesters of either Y1 and/or Y2. Electives must either be at the JOUR 6000 level or must be approved by the graduate coordinator prior to registration. Information about your elective options will be communicated to you by the School of Journalism, Writing & Publishing Office once available.

Year two (both streams)

Summer Courses

Fall Courses

If you have not yet completed your two half-credit electives requirement at the 6xxx.03 level, you will need to register for these courses in this term as well.

Winter Courses

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction or Fiction

Your registration in all required courses will be completed by the King’s Registrar’s Office. You will be notified of the date by which you will be registered in your courses and of when associated fees and tuition will be due in advance of your course start dates. Keep an eye on your Dal email for further information as it becomes available. After you have been notified of your registration in courses, be sure to check your Dal Online account, especially before deadlines, to ensure that you are correctly registered.

Please note that you are solely responsible for making any changes to your registration, including course withdrawal. Please see the Fees section of the King’s Academic Calendar for information on Course Changes, Refunds and Withdrawals.

How to activate your accounts

Email set-up

Before you can register you need to activate your university email account. This account is on the Dalhousie server and carries the dal.ca domain name. You are responsible for activating it and checking it regularly, as it is our main form of official university communication.

Note: If you have applied to residence at King’s, you may have already set up your email account.

  1. Go to my.dal.ca.
  2. Click on New Users.
  3. Click on the first option: Activate or look up my NetID
  4. Select the second button: No I do not know my NetID
  5. Type in your Student ID (B0#######)
  6. Enter your birthdate in the specified format, then click on Look up NetID.
  7. You will be prompted to set an initial password.
  8. Make a note of your NetID, your email address and your password.
  9. Click on Main. Type your NetID in Username. Enter your new password.

Congratulations! You have activated your email account.

If you want your email forwarded to another account, go to Mail Management after logging into your email account. Under Email select Email Forwarding. Type in your username and password, then select Mail Forwarding. Enter the email address to which you want the mail forwarded. Click Set Forwarding.

Note: In order to register, you will need an active university email account with your NetID and password as the Dal Online system used to register uses the same login credentials.

Course Registration

When you log on to register for your classes, update your personal information or view your account, the site will be identified as Dalhousie—but you’re in the right place.

FYP, BJH and BJ students please note: although a space in your program is reserved for you, you still have to register for your classes.

To register

  1. Pay your $200 admission deposit.
  2. If you have not already set-up your email, go to myDal and follow the steps above to activate your email account
  3. Go to Dal Online, which is the system used for registration, and login with your NetID and password (the same ones used for myDal). Select Web for Students, and then select Academic Timetable to view the classes available to you. The subjects are listed in alphabetical order. Choose the appropriate subject to view classes. Ensure that you are looking at classes for the Fall/Winter 2023/2024 (or Summer 2023) year. Make a note of the Course Reference Number (CRN) for each class and tutorial you select, paying attention to which term each class is held in. You can also take down the course title and look up the CRN while on the registration page.
  4. In your DalOnline go to ‘Web for Students’ and then go to ‘Registration’. Click on ‘Prepare for Registration’. This will bring you to the main registration page. Click on ‘Prepare for Registration’ again. You will then be prompted to select your term and will then be brought to the page where you can check your Registration Status and Time Ticket.
  5. When eligible to register, you can return to the Registration page and then click on ‘Register for Classes’ where you can search for classes either by subject, course code, using keywords, or by entering your CRNs. After you have located the classes you wish to enrol in and have clicked on ‘Add to Summary’ the classes will then appear under the Summary section as “pending”. Click ‘Submit’ in the bottom right-hand corner to be fully registered.

For further guidance and detailed information, please see the Dal Online Help Centre Registration Index. See the Registration Tips videos for a visual aid.

Important things to note

  • Foundation Year Program (FYP) is listed as King’s Foundation Year Program (subject code – KING) and is a full-year multi-term course which means you must register in both the Fall & Winter parts to take the full course and receive credit.
  • Full-year (multi-term) courses will be split between two terms and will have a Part I and a Part II, which you must register for separately. For these courses you must take both parts consecutively to receive credit. Check the course description for more information.
  • Classes that are not multi-term are single term courses, lasting half of the Academic Year (i.e. occur fully in a single fall, winter or summer term).
  • If a class you want has a tutorial or lab, you must register for the lecture and tutorial/lab together or you will get an error message. Lectures are shown in beige on the timetable. Tutorials and labs are blue. If you receive a “T0 error,” you must add a tutorial. A “L0 error” means that you have to add a lecture.
  • The Dal Online system does not check for date/time scheduling conflicts. You must make sure that your classes aren’t scheduled at overlapping times, which you can check for by looking at the Class Schedule, under where you input the CRNs.
  • Do not try to register for the 2023/2024 Regular term. This term is not for undergraduate or graduate students but is specific to Medicine and Dentistry at Dalhousie.
  • If you receive an error saying ‘CRN does not exist’ you are trying to put a winter class in the fall term, or vice versa.
  • If you want to register for one of the First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs), do so at the time as you register for courses. Like courses, each FIG has a CRN. You must make sure that your FIG isn’t scheduled at an overlapping time with your classes. If you are a FYP student interested in FIGs and need support, we encourage you to contact the Academic Services Team, at registrar@ukings.ca.

To assist you with registration, we’ve decoded the Academic Timetable, explaining the various symbols, acronyms, codes and numbers that populate it.

Have questions or need help?

Contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@ukings.ca. One of our Academic Advisors will be sure to help!

For more registration guidance and information feel free to visit the Dalhousie Advising Centre for more help.

Jennifer O'Keefe

Assistant Registrar, Academic and Enrolment Services, Registrar's Office

jennifer.okeefe@ukings.ca | 902.422.1271 ext. 123