Current Students

What steps do I need to take to graduate?

In addition to your program's requirements, some administrative steps may be required to get your degree. Visit the degree completion steps page for more details or check with your program office.

Looking for graduate-level electives?

Visit our shared folder listing graduate-level courses that are open to students across programs. Maybe you'll find something there that you have not considered before!

GRAD Talks

Spring 2024

January 29, 2024
Accuracy of Live Closed Captioning Generated by Platforms Commonly Used in Higher Education
Presented by Nicole Pheifer, Communication Sciences and Disorders MA Candidate
4 - 5pm | Kirby 268 (Lakeview Room)

February 26, 2024
GRAD-uation Talk (Q & A about all things related to degree progress and completion)
Presented by Kim Habig, UMD Graduate Office
4 - 5pm | Kirby 268 (Lakeview Room)

April 15, 2024
A Glimpse Inside the Egg: Investigating environmental contaminant effects on wild bird embryos
Presented by Michael Thiel, Integrated Biosciences PhD Candidate
4 - 5pm | Kirby 268 (Lakeview Room)

April 29, 2024
Mystical Experiences Following Solo and Dyadic Orgasmic Meditation and the Role of Orgasm Occurrence
Presented by Madeleine Hill, Psychological Science MA Candidate
4 - 5pm | Kirby Garden Room

2024 Graduate Orientation | Thursday, August 22

In-person sessions are primarily for new students entering in spring, summer, or fall 2024, but returning students with first-time graduate assistant appointments of 25% or greater should attend the Graduate Assistant Health Plan presentation. The 2024 Orientation schedule is not available yet, but please see last year's schedule for offerings generally available each year.

Thank a Teacher Program

Submit a short note of gratitude to instructors, teaching assistants, or staff who have made a difference in your education.

UMD Graduate Students in the News

Water Resources Science PhD student Alia Benedict:  Ecology under Ice

Chemistry MS student Mady Larson:  Planted in Research

Master of Environmental Education student Moss Schumacher:  Connecting Kids with Nature

UMD Resources for Graduate Students

Champ's Closet

Champ’s Closet serves the needs of UMD students who need professional business attire for internship and job interviews.

Champ's Cupboard

Champ’s Cupboard is a free food shelf offered to all UMD students. A variety of non-perishable items and toiletries are available.

Disability Resources

Disability Resources promotes access on campus and coordinates academic accommodations with students who have disabilities.

Graduate Planning and Audit System (GPAS)

The Graduate Planning and Audit System (GPAS) is a tool accessed through MyU that consists of two parts that work together.

  • GPAS planner: map out future coursework needed to complete a degree
  • GPAS audit: displays completed student progress toward degree requirements

Health Services

Health Services are available right here on campus to support the physical and mental well-being of UMD students.

Information Technology Systems and Services (ITSS)

Technology resources for students include email accounts, network access, file storage and printing, and computing labs and classroom equipment for short-term checkout. For assistance with any type of technology problem, call or stop by the ITSS Help Desk.

Multicultural Center

The Multicultural Center offers a number of different resources and ways for students to get involved. It is both a place to gather and a forum for the educational, political, social, and cultural issues that are important to the students, faculty, staff, and the greater community.

UMD Career Center

The UMD Career Center office serves both graduate students and alumni. The office provides a range of services, including career counseling, guidance in the preparation of job application materials, and development of interviewing skills.

UMD Writers' Workshop

The UMD Writers' Workshop is open to all UMD students, faculty, and staff who would like help improving their writing.

Drop-ins are accepted, but to ensure a writing consultant is available please make an appointment. If there is a particular need in mind, review the list of writing consultants to find the consultant that will work best.

Resources for Non-native Speakers of English

Please refer to the list of writing consultants to find an ESL expert that will work for you.

2023 Graduate Orientation Recap

The recap includes links to a variety of system-wide and local UMD resources to help you get a good start on a successful academic year.

Resources from The Graduate School

Academic, Career & Campus Update (ACCU) (for graduate students & postdocs)

ACCU is a regular email communication designed to deliver information about post-baccalaureate-related events, services, resources, job postings & workshops.

Academic & Career Development Resources

Find programs, resources, and events to help you identify potential career paths both inside and outside of academia.



Good advising is one of the most important determinants of graduate student and postdoc success and satisfaction.

Graduate School News

Find out what's going on in the Graduate School.

Synthesist (for graduate faculty & staff)

Synthesist is a biweekly publication of the Graduate School, designed to deliver information about issues, events and opportunities related to graduate, professional and postdoctoral education.