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Frequently asked questions

The most common questions of graduate students are addressed on the Graduate Studies web page.  In the FAQ section you will find answers for appeals, transferring courses, and admission information and more:

Registration deadlines, holidays and semester schedules can be found on the academic calendar:

Documents every graduate student needs

Copies should be saved on your hard drive for later reference and use:

  1. Trial schedule forms (take your pick): PDF version
  2. The student handbook and copies of the college honesty policy and grade appeal policy can be found on the EDPS homepage
  3. Graduate bulletin for the year you were admitted (bookmarked with your program of study):

How to register for classes

Get cleared to register:

  1. Refer to your program of study found in the bulletin and the two year projection to determine which courses you might want to take.

  2. Then, look at the schedule to see which courses are being offered. You can see the course schedule by logging onto BANNER ( or going to the online schedule found on the registrar's page:

  3. Now that you know what you want to take, complete a trial schedule form. These forms can be printed, completed, and faxed to your advisor. Forms can also be completed electronically and submitted to your advisor via email; this is preferred and likely to get a quicker response.

  4. Your advisor will look over your trial schedule to see if there are any obvious red flags, but you are still responsible for ensuring that you follow the course of study. Candidates, not advisors, are always ultimately held responsible for meeting the requirements set forth in the bulletin. If there are no obvious red flags, he/she will sign the form and give it to the departmental secretary who will clear you to register. 

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To register:

  1. Log into and click on "registration" and follow the prompts. Note: If you try to register and you are prompted to enter an alternate PIN, that means you have not yet been cleared to register. If the secretary will be unable to clear you in a timely manner, your advisor may decide to give you the alternate PIN so you can register immediately.  Normally she/he will only do so after you have sent in a completed trial schedule form.

  2. If you are unable to register, please note the error message and consult the "trouble shooting" section found here: If after that, you still cannot resolve the problem, contact your advisor and be sure to alert him/her to any error messages you received.  Simply telling your advisor, "it won't let me register" will not provide him/her with the information needed to help you.

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