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Congratulations on your admission to graduate studies!  We are excited about your academic endeavors as you are.  Knowing where to begin and what resources are available will ease your transition into graduate study.

Advisor Information

Graduate students are assigned an advisor at the time of admission.  Advisors are faculty members within the student’s program.  Be sure to keep in contact with your advisor. Your advisor will inform you of the academic program and departmental requirements.

Newly Admitted

To validate your admission offer, newly admitted graduate students are required to inform UMD of your intention to accept or decline admission to the University by logging back into your application and view your Graduate School admission letter.  This is an important step, otherwise your admission offer will be cancelled.

Students attending courses on the UMD Campus, or any satellite location, must submit documentation of immunizations to the University Health Center.  Click on the “Submitting Your Immunization Forms” for details.  International students are required to submit additional health documents.  Please review the “International Students” section at the Health Center webpage.  ISSS provides details on international student documentation of immunizations.

Registration tips and policies are available from the Office of the Registrar.  Graduate School requires that all graduate students maintain continuous registration

International students with F-1 or J-1 visas must be enrolled full-time every semester at the University while they remain in the United States.  For more information consult the International Student and Scholar Services  Office.


Please be sure to refer to the Program handbooks for the requirements of the program to which you are admitted.  Contact your Department Coordinator of Graduate Studies (CGS) for more information.

Although your advisor may inform you of requirements and guide you in the administrative processes toward graduation, it is your responsibility to be informed of additional policies of the Graduate School, and the University, and to submit any required forms by published deadlines. 

The u-achieve system is an auditing tool that students and advisors may use to evaluate academic progress toward degree completion.  To log-on to the u-achieve system please click here. The u-achieve audit should include all coursework (previous, current and future coursework) that is required in the program.  Please contact your Department Coordinator of Graduate Studies (CGS)h u-achieve audit questions.

Many Campus resources are available for you.


Undergraduate students interested in taking graduate credit will need to seek permission of their undergraduate program, the graduate program offering the course, and the Graduate School.  Please click on the link below that best describes how the graduate credits will be used.   The link will take you to the appropriate form that will need to be filed to seek permission to take graduate coursework while enrolled in an undergraduate program.

Combined Bachelor’s / Master’s Program Form – undergraduate students who wish to take graduate credit and use the graduate credit toward the bachelor’s and the master’s degrees should complete and file this form.   A combined program must also be approved.  Please review the policy on Combined Bachelor’s / Master’s Program prior to requesting permission.

Graduate Credit Permission Form – undergraduate students who wish to take graduate credits that may be applied towards an advanced degree at the University of Maryland, or another institution, should complete and file this form.  Graduate credits taken under this option will be marked “for graduate credit only” on the student transcript.  Graduate credits under this option cannot be used toward the bachelor’s degree.  Please review the policy and criteria stated on the top of this form at the link above prior to requesting permission.

Please refer to the links below for additional information.

Important Deadlines for Graduating Students
Steps Toward Graduation