New Graduate Student Orientation is optional for most students, but some departments do require that their new students attend orientation. The Graduate School highly recommends attendance as well. It is not just to show you the campus or to help you get your new ID card. Orientation is a wonderful tool to introduce you to the unique aspects of being a graduate student as well as useful topics such as research ethics, graduate assistantships, and working with your advisor.
To change from non-degree seeking to degree-seeking, you will need to reapply to the Graduate School with an online application form, a $25 application fee, and any additional materials that the degree program requires. If you have already submitted transcripts and GRE test scores, you will not be required to submit them a second time.
You should submit a Request for Change of Program form to the Graduate School. We
can then send a request for the change to the new academic department for your acceptance.
You should contact the new department to see if they require additional application
materials as well. You will remain in your current program until you are accepted
into the new program. The Request for Change of Program form can be found here.
Your new advisor should send an email to Michelle Bachelor (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Graduate School to let her know that he/she has agreed to be your new advisor. The email should include your name and ID number, your program of study, and your current advisor should be copied on the email as well so that we know he/she is agreeable to the change.
The Master’s Program and Doctoral Program calendars are great tools to let you know at what times during your degree program you should submit certain forms. The current Master/Doctoral Program Calendar is located here.
Travel Grant information and eligibility requirements can be found here.