Graduate Student Getting Started at UMUC

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Academic Advising

Preparing for your First Advising Session

Advising Worksheet

Prior to talking with your advisor for the first time, be sure to complete the Graduate Advising Worksheet. You should also try to gather:

  • A list of preliminary program options and first course selections
  • Official transcripts from your degree granting institutions
  • A list of any questions you may have
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Become a Partner with Your Advisor

At UMUC, we encourage a partnership approach between students and the Academic Advising Office. We have a well-trained advising staff ready to assist you through all phases of your academic pursuit. Our advisors can help you

  • Choose a program of study
  • Develop a degree map/plan with courses for each term
  • Connect with valuable resources and services at UMUC

While advisors are dedicated to supporting you throughout your time at UMUC, there is a greater level of emphasis on student accountability at the graduate level. Your advisor should be your first point of contact for questions or concerns.
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Take Refresher Courses for Your Benefit

UMUC offers a number of optional, noncredit courses to help prepare you for success in your required courses. Following are some suggested courses:

UCSP 620 Financial Accounting
Recommended as preparation for MGMT 640. A basic study of financial accounting, encompassing basic financial concepts and their use in analyzing financial statements.

UCSP 621 Economics
Recommended as preparation for MGMT 640. An overview of both the microeconomic issues of supply and demand for individual companies and products and macroeconomic issues concerning inflation, unemployment, and recession for the economy as a whole.

UCSP 630 Introduction to Research Methods
Recommended as preparation for MGMT 650. A presentation of basic research techniques and methodologies used in organizational research and evaluation studies to make business decisions. This course can be taken as preparation for other graduate-level statistics courses as well as MGMT 650 and HAIN 650.
Course Notes: UCSP 615 is required within the first 6 credits of graduate study for all new graduate students. This course is designed to help students develop the skills and techniques needed to understand and manage the challenges involved in successfully completing a graduate program at UMUC. It includes an overview of UMUC's online library and information resources material that is critical for our students.
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Making Changes to Your Course Schedule

If you would like to make changes to your registration schedule for a particular term you should note the add/drop deadlines on UMUC's Web site. If you want to register for an online class, you must do so at least five days prior to the start of the online course. For on-site classes, including hybrid classes, you must register one day prior to the course start date. See UMUC's Registration Policies.

If you would like to drop a class, you may do so within the established drop period without any penalty. Any changes made to your course schedule after the drop period may result in academic and/or financial consequences. Further information and deadlines can be found in UMUC's Refund Policies.

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Dropping a Class vs. Withdrawing From a Class

Academic Drop
An academic drop occurs when you remove yourself from a course before or during UMUC’s drop period. You can review deadlines for dropping a course on the Academic Calendar. There are no academic consequences from this action, but there may be financial aid repercussions for dropping a course if you no longer meet the qualifications for aid.

The course will appear on your registration history as dropped, but will not appear on any official or unofficial transcripts and does not count as attempted credit. Learn more about dropped courses.

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Academic Advising Checklist

VERIFY:

  • Did you submit your official transcripts?
  • Do you understand your program requirements?
  • Did you make a list of questions for your advisor?

TAKE ACTION:

  • Complete the Graduate Advising Worksheet.
  • Schedule an appointment with my advisor.
  • Select courses for my first term (including UCSP 615).

Preparing for your First Advising Session

Become a Partner with Your Advisor

Take Refresher Courses for Your Benefit

Making Changes to Your Course Schedule

Dropping a Class vs. Withdrawing From a Class

Academic Advising Checklist