Find a course that fits your schedule. You can apply to Open Studies any time up to the start date of your class.

Before you apply, confirm that we offer the course you want at a convenient time. Some courses have both a lecture and a lab or seminar component. You will need to fit all components of a course into your schedule.

Effective Fall 2019, enrolment limits apply to Open Studies courses. You may enrol in a maximum of 6 credits per term and complete a maximum of 24 credits overall. Exemptions may be considered for exceptional circumstances, such as visiting students.

Transfer credit for students in Open Studies will be assessed only on request and only to establish prerequisites. If you have met a prerequisite by completing a course at another post-secondary institution, email the Transfer and Articulation Unit at after you apply. In your email, include:

  • Your full name
  • MacEwan ID number
  • A list of the MacEwan prerequisite course(s) for which you are seeking transfer credit, and
  • A list of the course(s) you believe may be equivalent to the prerequisite course(s).

Official transcripts are required to complete transfer credit evaluation. You may also need to provide an outline for incoming course(s) if we do not have transfer credit articulation in our database. Check your to-do List in myStudentSystem and monitor your MacEwan email for requests from the Transfer and Articulation Unit. During high volume periods, transfer credit evaluation may take up to 5 business days from receipt of required documents.

The Open Studies course search only shows classes that have at least one spot available for enrolment by students in Open Studies. If you don't see the class you want, don't be discouraged. In the week before classes start each term, many programs will open some of their courses to all students.

Arts and science courses

The following courses from the Faculty of Arts and Science are in high demand and are not available to Open Studies students during the Fall and Winter terms. These courses are more accessible during the Spring/Summer term.

  • all Biological Sciences (BICM, BIOL, BOTN, GENE, ZOOL)
  • CHEM 101, 102
  • CHME 103, 105
  • CMPT (all courses)
  • ENGL 199
  • ENCP, ENGG, ENPH (all courses)
  • MATH 100, 101, 102, 114
  • PHYS 130
  • PSYC 212, all 300- and 400-level PSYC
  • all 300- and 400-level SOCI

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