Where are the Graduate School’s deadlines listed?
These are listed on the Graduate School’s deadline page.
How do I register for classes?
University of Maryland students register for classes through Testudo, the online registration system. Through Testudo you can view a complete Schedule of Classes, add courses, drop courses, choose grade methods, and monitor waitlist status.
How can I pay my bill?
You can pay any charges to your University student account through the Office of the Bursar. You can also make inquiries into your account from this site.
I need information on the official degree requirements for my graduate program. Where are these listed?
This information is listed in the Graduate Catalog. In the Catalog you will find official information on all the graduate programs at the University, all official rules and regulations, and listings of approved graduate courses.
How can I get a copy of my transcript (unofficial or official)?
You can request a copy of your transcript—either unofficial and official—from the Office of the Registrar in the Mitchell Building. You can also view your unofficial transcript or request your official transcript through Testudo, the online registration application.
I missed a deadline for submitting paperwork to the Graduate School. What are my options?
If you have missed a required Graduate School deadline for a given semester (for Approved Program Forms, Application for Graduation, Nomination of Thesis or Dissertation Committee), you need to file a Petition for Waiver of Regulation. This Petition needs to be signed by your program’s Director of Graduate Studies and then forwarded to the Graduate School for approval. Note: Petitions will only be granted when considering reasonable extenuating circumstances; simply having forgotten the deadline does not qualify.
What is Continuous Registration? Why does it matter?
Graduate students must register for at least one credit in each consecutive Fall and Spring semester of their residency at the University. After the tenth day of classes of the second missed semester, the student’s admission to the University will be terminated.
I have a dispute or disagreement with someone in my graduate program, department, or in University administration. Are there any resources in the Graduate School available to help me?
The Ombuds Office for Graduate Students exists to assist students in informally resolving disputes within the program, department, administrative unit, or any other University entity.
My program has asked me to update my student record through MEGS. What are they talking about?
MEGS is a student management tool used by many of the University’s graduate programs. You can log on to MEGS and update your student information here.
What are the requirements for setting up an oral examination (defense) of my Thesis or Dissertation?
You can find these requirements in the Graduate Catalog.
What are the formatting requirements for a University of Maryland Thesis or Dissertation?
The formatting requirements for University of Maryland Theses and Dissertations are outlined in the University’s Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Style Guide, which is available here.
Where do I turn in my Thesis or Dissertation?
The University of Maryland does not accept hard copy Theses or Dissertations. Instead, students submit their documents electronically to Proquest Information and Learning Services. Graduate School / Registrar staff members will then review the document to ensure compliance with Graduate School requirements. Information on this process is also contained in the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Style Guide.
How do I check if I’ve passed all the necessary Graduate School requirements for graduation?
Graduation is now handled by the Office of the Registrar. Please contact this office for questions about graduation requirements.
I have been informed that I must fill out the Survey of Earned Doctorates before I can graduate. What is this?
The Survey of Earned Doctorates is conducted by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, which tracks the experiences and occupational intentions of thousands of new recipients of doctoral degrees yearly. The survey is brief, and is used by NORC and other institutions to better understand American graduate education.