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Graduate FAQs

Current Applied Masters Students

Q: What is the minimum GPA to graduate?
A: The minimum cumulative GPA to graduate is 3.0 (B on the graduate scale).

Q: How do I request permission to enroll in a course?
A: Contact the Department Office to request permission.

Q: What is the process to audit a course?
A: Contact the Department Office to request permission to audit. You will also need permission from the instructor prior to registering to audit a course.

Q: What are the drop/add deadlines for courses?
A: The Academic Calendar will have the drop/add deadlines for courses.

Q: What is the academic calendar at the University of Michigan?
A: Academic Calendar

Q: What is the deadline to apply for conferral of my Master’s degree?
A: Master's degree diploma application deadlines can be found here.

Q: How do I apply for conferral of my Master’s degree?
A: Masters students must apply to graduate via Wolverine Access.

Q: How can I invite my parents to graduation if they need a visa to enter the US?
A: For information regarding preparing for commencements, please visit the Rackham Graduate Exercises website.

Q: What kind of academic gowns and hoods should I get for graduation?
A: For a listing of Academic Gowns, Hoods, and Colors can be found here. The Cap and Robe should be black and the hood and tassel should be white.

Q: Where can I find information about commencement?
A: Information about commencement can be found on the Commencement website.

Q: Where can I find information about Optional Practical Training (OPT)?
A: The International Center website is a great resource for Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Q: Where can I find information about Curricular Practical Training (CPT)?
A: The International Center website is a great resource for Curricular Practical Training (CPT).

Q: Where can I find information about reduced course load (RCL)?
A: The International Center website is a great resource for Reduce Course Load (RCL).

Current Ph.D. Students

Q: What parking and transportation services are available to graduate students?
A: Parking Information

Q: What is the academic calendar at the University of Michigan?
A: Academic Calendar

Q: What are the drop/add deadlines for courses?
A: The Academic Calendar will have the drop/add deadlines for courses.

Q: How do I request permission to enroll in a course if it is not open on Wolverine?
A: Contact the department office.

Q: What is the process to audit a course?
A: Contact the Department Office to request permission to audit. You will also need permission from the instructor prior to registering to audit a course.

Q: What is the minimum GPA required of Ph.D. students?
A: The minimum cumulative GPA to graduate must be 3.0 (B on the graduate scale). Students whose GPA falls below 3.0 are considered on academic probation. A student remains in good standing with a course grade below B as long as the overall GPA is above 3.0.

Q: How often are QR (Qualifying Review) exams held?
A: The Comprehensive Theory Exam is held twice per year in late August and again in late May. The Applied Exam is held once a year, in late May. The exact dates are announced in April.

Q: Can I get copies of previous QR exams?

A: Copies of previous exams are available in the department office. They are not available online.

Q: How do I apply for an embedded Master’s degree?
A: Please contact the department office.

Q: How can I satisfy my cognate requirements?
A: The PhD program advisor and your faculty mentor or advisor can suggest courses in other departments that could be appropriate. All cognate courses must be approved by the graduate chair.

Q: When should I notify Rackham of my dissertation committee?
A: Rackham asks that they be notified of your committee members at least 6 months before you defend. Committee forms are available in the department office.

Q: What is the deadline to advance to candidacy?
A: The candidacy deadlines can be found here.

Q: What is the deadline for Ph.D. students to apply for their degree?
A: Doctoral degree deadlines can be found here.

Q: How can I invite my parents to graduation if they need a visa to enter the U.S.?
A: For information regarding preparing for commencements, please visit the Rackham Graduate Exercises website.

Q: What kind of academic gowns and hoods should I get for graduation?
A: For a listing of Academic Gowns, Hoods, and Colors can be found here.

Q: Where can I find information about commencement?
A: Information about commencement can be found on the Commencement website.

Q: Where can I find information about Optional Practical Training (OPT)?
A: The International Center website is a great resource for Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Q: Where can I find information about Curricular Practical Training (CPT)?
A: The International Center website is a great resource for Curricular Practical Training (CPT).