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Registration


Registration opens according to the calendar type used by the program’s plan of study.

Semester Fall (16-week) Winter (3-week) Spring (16-week) Summer (6-week)
Registration Opens Fourth Thursday in March Third Tuesday in October Fourth Thursday in October Fourth Tuesday in February
Term, 12-week Term I (fall) Term II (winter) Term III (spring) Term IV (summer)
Registration Opens Fourth Thursday in March Third Thursday in October Fourth Thursday in October Fourth Thursday in February

Determine Course and Section Offerings

To determine what courses are offered for an upcoming semester/term, see the program’s plan of study. Students can find information on the section code which must be used when registering.

Determine Meet Times & Dates

Follow these step-by-step instructions to view the scheduled courses for course meet information.

  1. Visit Testudo.
  2. Select Schedule of Classes.
  3. In the box marked Term: Select the specific semester/term and year.
  4. Select Search.
  5. A listing of all UMD departments offering courses for that term/year will appear.
  6. Scroll down and click on the program’s department.
  7. Scroll down to the course and select Show Sections.
  8. Courses use the sections provided in the program’s plan of study (see “Determine Courses & Sections,” above).

How to Register

Follow these step-by-step instructions to register for the scheduled courses.

  1. Visit Testudo.
  2. Select Registration (Drop/Add).
  3. Log in with the directory ID and password.
  4. Select the appropriate term.
  5. Enter the course(s) and section number(s) (ex. PC01) into the Drop/Add Table and click Submit Changes.
    • A message may appear in the course block.
    • Read the message then click Ok to add the course.
  6. To view the schedule when complete, click View Schedule.

Registration Blocks

Students may encounter a block which prevents registration. Below are the most common.

Requirements

  • Graduate students are required to maintain continuous enrollment for courses as outlined in the plan of study. See the Graduate School's Continuous Registration Requirements.
  • For completing a master’s degree, Graduate School policy stipulates a five-year Time Limitation.

Waiver

Leave of Absence

Resignation from the Program

Calendar Restrictions

  • The Graduate School has determined that UMD graduate students may enroll in any UMD graduate course, subject to appropriate permissions. Courses in programs administered through the Office of Extended Studies have major code registration restrictions.
  • Below are calendar restrictions:
    • Students admitted into a program that uses the semester calendar may not enroll in a program that uses the term calendar. 
    • Students admitted into a program that uses the term calendar may not enroll in a program that uses the semester calendar.

Registration Procedure

  • Students must email their academic advisor to ensure enrollment permission. International students should contact International Student & Scholar Services to ensure eligibility.
  • Email the program’s academic director. Contact information is located on the program website.
    • Provide full name and UID, asking for permission to enroll.
    • Include the academic advisor’s approval email.
    • Provide the course #, section #, and semester/term information.
    • The program’s academic director determines whether to provide a permission to enroll stamp.
    • Once the program’s academic director provides notification that a stamp has been entered, students may register for the specified course #, section #, and semester/term.
  • Note: Tuition is charged at the program rate. Students with a tuition remission benefit should direct questions to their academic unit’s human resource office. Students admitted into a program that charges tuition differential will also be charged that differential.

Graduate programs administered through the Office of Extended Studies are self-support, such that tuition paid by an enrolled student directly support all the costs of instruction. Undergraduate tuition is used to offset the costs of instruction for state-supported programs and, as such, may not be accessed to finance these self-support programs. Undergraduate students interested in registering for courses in programs that use the semester calendar would be charged tuition at the program rate and would be responsible for submitting payment. Courses in programs that use the term calendar are not open to undergraduates.

Students in the Golden Identification Program are not eligible for Continuing Education Programs (Graduate, Post-Baccalaureate, Non-Credit Learning) administered through the Office of Extended Studies. See Golden ID Program.

Use the OES contact form. Include full name, program name, and a complete statement regarding the request.

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