What courses are offered? 

Course offerings for correspondence courses are posted on the Registrar’s Office web page.

How do I know what the course is like? Is there an exam?

Course descriptions for all courses offered at Mount Allison can be found in part III of the academic calendar. As with on-campus courses, course instructors decide on the course syllabus, including course material, textbooks, marking schemes, and whether or not there is an exam. If students are curious about the format of a correspondence course, they should contact the professor directly via e-mail. E-mail addresses for correspondence course instructors can be found via the Connect course listings.
 
Are correspondence courses Moodle based?

Some correspondence courses are delivered via the Moodle learning platform while others are delivered via a series of readings and assessments that are outlined in a syllabus, provided to students via e-mail. Courses that use Moodle are denoted on the list of current correspondence courses available on the Registrar’s Office website.

How do I register for correspondence courses? Do I use Connect?

Currently, students cannot register for correspondence courses via Connect. Students can view which courses are offered by correspondence on Connect, which may be helpful when planning course selections. To register, please submit the correspondence course registration form available on the Registrar’s Office web page under "Forms".

When do I register for correspondence courses?
 

Students will be notified via e-mail to let them know when registration is available. Correspondence courses are subject to the same registration (add/drop) and withdrawal deadlines as any other course. Please see academic calendar regulations 10.3.2 and 10.4 respectively.

I am waitlisted for a correspondence course. How will I find out if a spot becomes available? How will I register if I cannot add the class via connect?

If you are offered a seat in a correspondence course for which you are wait listed, you will receive an e-mail from the registrar’s office granting a 48 hour period for you to register. Because you are unable to add yourself to the class via connect you must email regoffice@mta.ca within the 48 hour period you have been allotted to register to request to be registered in the class. It is your responsibility to drop a course so that your course load does not exceed 15 course credits (unless you are eligible and wish to overload).

When/how will I receive the course syllabus?  

Your course syllabus and initial course materials will be available either on the course Moodle page or will be forwarded to you via email from the course instructor on the first day of classes in the term you are registered. If you do not receive your course syllabus within the first few days of classes please contact your instructor immediately. If you do not receive a reply, contact correspondence@mta.ca for assistance.

When and how do I pay?

Full-time students: Tuition for a correspondence course is included in full-time tuition (Fall and Winter terms) for students taking a total of 9-15 credits in a given term. Full-time students taking more than 15 credits in a fall or winter term (i.e. overloading) will be charged additional tuition fees if any of their credits are correspondence courses.

Part-time & Spring/Summer students: Part-time and spring/summer students pay tuition on a per-course basis. Tuition for a correspondence course is the same as any 3-credit course at Mount Allison. Please note, tuition for Canadian students differs from that for international students. Tuition for a correspondence course is due at the time of registration. Students will not be registered until payment is made.

Course cost information can be found in the fees of the academic calendar (chapter 4) and also on the tuition and fees page of the Registrar's Office website. You can also find out more information on tuition payment options.

Who can take correspondence courses? Who can’t?

Because correspondence courses require self-directed learning and are less structured than ‘in-class’ courses, they are not available to all students. In order to take a course by correspondence a student must:

  •   Have obtained 24 or more credits (i.e. at least second year standing)
  •   Have good academic standing (i.e. a session GPA of at least a 1.5)

Students who are on academic probation or who have fewer than 24 credits are not able to take courses via correspondence without the permission of the appropriate academic dean. Dean’s permission can be requested by completing the form found on your Connect account.

How many correspondence courses can I take in a term? Can I overload?

Students who are in good academic standing can take up to 6 credits per term by correspondence as part of a full course load. A full course load in Fall or Winter terms is 15 credits. In the Spring/Summer term, a full course load is 12 credits. Permission of an academic dean is required if a student wishes to take more than 6 credits via correspondence.

The ‘6 credit limit’ refers to both Mount Allison correspondence courses as well as correspondence courses that students may be taking from another academic institution on a letter of permission (LOP).

Students who are permitted to take more than 15 credits per term (see academic calendar regulation 10.3.5) may overload with correspondence courses. Full-time students taking more than 15 credits in a fall or winter term (i.e. overloading) will be charged additional tuition fees if any of their credits are correspondence courses. Students overloading with a correspondence course must pay for the correspondence course at the time of registration.

This course is not for me. Can I drop it? How?

Correspondence courses are subject to the same registration (add/drop) and withdrawal deadlines as any other course. Please see calendar regulation 10.4 for regulations regarding withdrawing from a course and our deadlines page for withdrawal and other important dates.

To withdraw from a correspondence course, students must notify the Registrar’s Office in writing by contacting correspondence@mta.ca. Note, you cannot withdraw from a correspondence course via Connect. Please see calendar regulation 4.5.2  for more information.

Do I need to be in Sackville to take a correspondence course? 

No, you do not need to be located in Sackville, NB in order to take a correspondence course. Many students take correspondence courses during the spring/summer term while there are away from campus. Courses are completed either online via Moodle and/or via e-mail communication with the professor. If there is a midterm or a final exam in the course, students can arrange to write the exam remotely, near their homes.

My course has a mid-term and/or a final exam – how, when, and where do I write it? 

In fall and winter terms, final exams for correspondence courses are scheduled by the Registrar's Office and take place during the scheduled final exam periods. During the spring/summer term, final exams for correspondence courses take place in Sackville typically on the last Saturday before the start of the fall term. This date is posted in the calendar of events published in the academic calendar and on the Registrar's Office website.

Students located on campus are expected to write their final exams on the scheduled day. During the spring/summer term, there is some flexibility and students may be able to arrange writing the final exam at an earlier date. For students not located in Sackville, final exams can be written remotely. Likewise, mid-term exams for correspondence courses can be written either on campus in Sackville, NB or remotely, near a student's place of residence. 

Exam invigilation on campus in Sackville is free for students taking Mount Allison correspondence courses. To arrange to write a Mount Allison correspondence course mid-term or final exam on campus, please contact correspondence@mta.ca at least 10 business days before the date you wish to write your exam. Exams are written in the Wallace McCain Student Centre. Students should arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled exam time and report to the service counter at the Registrar's Office (2nd floor of the Wallace McCain Student Centre). 

To arrange to write a Mount Allison correspondence course exam remotely, please contact correspondence@mta.ca at least 10 business days before the date you wish to write your exam. To write an exam remotely, students must arrange for the exam to be invigilated at a post-secondary institution or testing centre. The invigilator must not be a relative or friend of the student. In the e-mail to correspondence@mta.ca, students wishing to arrange remote invigilation should include the name of the prospective invigilator, his/her occupation and place of employment, the mailing address AND telephone number of the invigilator, as well as the date and time for each exam to be written.