Mini-Course Timeline


March 30, 2020 Call for Mini Course proposals for the following academic year
April 17, 2020 2020-21 Proposals Due
Mid-May, 2020 Mini Course directors notified of award decisions
May 15, 2020 Fall Mini course Room reservations are requested
May 31, 2020
  • Deadline for Mini Course directors to confirm all course details (e.g. title, descriptions, grading basis, units, preferred course schedule, room needs/special requests)
  • New Mini Courses – New Course Form due to Michileen Oberst ( The form will be signed by the Senior Associate Dean and submitted to School of Medicine Registrar.
Early June Priority scheduling deadline: Office of Graduate Education will submit all scheduling requests for Biosciences Mini Courses.
July – September Course directors notified of classroom assignments
October Mini-courses announced to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars; registration opens in Axess.
October 2020 – January 2021
  • Follow-up on any course scheduling issues
  • Finance Department confirms PTA accounts for each course
November 16, 2020 First day of autumn quarter mini-courses
March 1, 2021 First day of winter quarter mini-courses
May 25, 2021 First day of spring quarter mini-courses
July 19, 2021 First day of summer quarter mini-courses

Room scheduling

  • Room scheduling is completed by MedScheduler and is completed based on class schedule, capacity and instructional needs.
  • Classroom scheduling priority is as follows:
    • Required courses in the MD/PhD/Masters curriculum, including placement exams and finals
    • Required courses in the scholarly concentration curriculum
    • Elective course in the MD/PhD/Masters curriculum, including final exams and seminars (Mini Courses= 3rd priority)

Key Contacts

  • Michileen Oberst, Office of Graduate Education (
    Can assist with general questions related to mini-course policies, awards, or proposals
  • School of Medicine Registrar (
    Can assist with questions related to course information in the course catalog and on AXESS, and assist with questions related to student enrollment or grading.