McMaster offers new Personal Interest Course

June 20, 2018 at 11:08 am

Have you ever wanted to take a course, but you were worried it might negatively affect your GPA? The new McMaster Personal Interest Course (PIC), brought to you by the MSU’s advocacy work,  is designed to encourage students to chose an elective outside of their program and  explore an interest or try something new without affecting their cumulative GPA. The PIC option is available to undergraduate students registered in a program in Level 2 or higher, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5, who are enrolled in a program/faculty which is participating in the PIC option.

Students may declare a maximum of 3 units of PIC per term to a maximum of 12 units per four- or five- level degree or a maximum of 9 unites per three-level degree. A student can declare a PIC to signify that they want an elective course to be assessed on a Credit or No Credit (CR/NC) grading sale. The student must earn a final mark of at least 50% to receive a grade of CR. Units earned from a successfully completed PIC will be counted in the units required for a student’s degree as applicable, while courses with a final grade of NC will not count as degree credits or as failures and will not be included in a students’ GPA calculation or average. The PIC option is not available for any course that is considered a program requirement. This means that independent study, thesis, field study, placement courses and courses listed as possible required courses can not be used as a Personal Interest Course. Students must declare a PIC by the last day for enrollment and course changes date each term.

Selecting a PIC option is easy. Simply sign into Mosaic and go to the Student Centre. Once you have enrolled in the course, select the ‘edit’ tab and change the grading basis from Graded to PIC. Students have the opportunity to change the grading basis until the last day for enrollment and changes for each term.

More information about the Personal Interest Course can be found at

For referrals and specifics visit the Office of the Registrar in Gilmour Hall, Rom 108.

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