Major/Non-Major Permissions

CMSC Course Permissions


CS Majors

  • To request Summer 2024 course permissions, please contact your assigned academic advisor.
  • Your assigned academic advisor will be providing instructions regarding how to request Fall 2024 course permissions in the upcoming weeks prior to Fall registration beginning. Please follow those instructions from your advisor at that time.


CS Minors

  • The Summer 2024 form is now live. Please use this Form https://forms.gle/7xKGRpzR1VocAD3s9 to request Summer 2024 CMSC courses.
  • The Fall 2024 course permission form is not yet available. Check back closer to the start of registration for the Fall term for this form.


Non-Majors: CE Students

  • CE Majors should contact their assigned CE Academic Advisors to request permissions for Summer 2024 courses.


Non-Majors: IMD Students

  • IMD-BS majors should contact their assigned IMD Academic Advisors to request CS permissions for Summer 2024 courses.
  • IMD-BA majors should follow the Non-Major: Undergraduate Student process to request CS course permissions.
  • If you are a CS and IMD double major, please follow the normal CS Major course permission process.


Non-Majors: Undergraduate Students

  • The Summer 2024 form will be made available in mid April. Please check back at that time.
  • The Fall 2024 form will be made available in mid April. Please check back at that time.
  • Please note: Course permissions for non-majors will be granted on or around the first day of classes for the term. You will not be able to register for the courses during your assigned registration appointment. No exceptions can be made to this policy.
  • Please also note the following change effective Fall 2023: Undergraduate degree seeking students that are non-majors will no longer be able to receive CMSC course permissions for CMSC3XX or CMSC4XX courses (this includes 1-credit STIC courses and CMSC330/351). Undergraduate degree seeking students must be a declared CS Major or Minor to receive CMSC3XX or CMSC4XX course permissions. No exceptions can be made to this policy. Please consult your current academic advisor if you need assistance adjusting your course schedule or academic plan.
  • Undergraduate Non-Degree Seeking or Visiting Students: If you are requesting course permissions for CMSC216 or CMSC250, please complete the appropriate Non-Major: Undergraduate Students form. If you are in need of a course beyond CMSC216 and CMSC250, please contact ugrad [at] cs [dot] umd [dot] edu for assistance.


Non-Majors: Graduate and Advanced Special Students

Non-Major Graduate and Advanced Special students MUST complete the following steps to request permission for CMSC320, CMSC335 or a 400-level CMSC course. Instructor permission is not required for CMSC131 - CMSC351.

Be advised that non-major graduate and advanced special students will only be granted permission for one 300- or 400-level (not including CMSC330 or CMSC351) CMSC course. No exceptions. If you submit multiple requests, we will honor your most recent submission. Email questions to ugrad [at] cs [dot] umd [dot] edu.

Please contact the instructor to obtain written permission to take their course. In your email, you should include:
1. Your name, 9 digit UID, and your program of study
2. Your reason for requesting course permission
3. Your CMSC and MATH background/coursework
4. Forward the instructor's written permission to ugrad [at] cs [dot] umd [dot] edu

  • The Summer 2024 form will be made available in mid April. Please check back at that time.
  • The Fall 2024 form will be made available in mid April. Please check back at that time.
  • Please note: Course permissions for non-majors will be granted on or around the first day of classes for the term. You will not be able to register for the courses during your assigned registration appointment. No exceptions can be made to this policy.

Non-Major Graduate Students Requesting a Graduate level CMSC course only can fill out a form to request a CMSC graduate course. Please use this Form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScx52225TOvFlWwtINITx3yX0jMgTAf.... If you are an undergraduate student or a non-major graduate student requesting an undergraduate CMSC course, do not submit this form. For this form only, do not contact the instructor to obtain written permission to take their course. We coordinate with them based on your response to this form.