Selecting a Personal Interest Course (PIC) on Mosaic

| September 9, 2020
Submitted by Nicole Buston for McMaster

The Personal Interest Course (PIC) option is designed to encourage students to explore interests outside of their program without affecting their Cumulative GPA.

What you need to know about PIC

  • Students must declare a course as PIC on Mosaic by Wednesday, September 16, 2020 for the Fall term (the last day for enrolment and course changes date).
  • The student progresses in the course as per normal and has the option to withdraw from the course as per the normal procedures and deadlines.
  • If the student would rather keep the numeric grade, they must indicate the course is no longer a PIC on Mosaic by Friday, November 13, 2020 (the final date in which a student can withdrawal from a course without failure by default) and the numeric grade will appear on their transcript.

Selecting a PIC on Mosaic:

  • 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.
  • You can do this until the last day for enrollment and changes for each term.

If you have any questions about the PIC option, please email us at

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