Most of the following information pertains ONLY to on-campus graduate students in University courses. Students in online and off-site programs (such as off-campus MBA programs, Public Health Practice, and off-campus Education programs) should contact Continuing & Professional Education  for registration procedures.
Early registration is strongly recommended so that financial aid and/or stipend checks can be processed in a timely manner. Registration takes place on the Internet using the University's SPIRE  student information system. All students must register each semester until the degree/certificate is awarded (see Continuous Enrollment/Program Fee).
Health insurance for students who register for less than 5 credits (or who pay the Continuous Enrollment fee) is not automatic. You will need to contact Health Services  at (413) 577-5192 for coverage information.
Check your Student Center on Spire to determine if there are any holds on your record that will prevent your registration. You must contact the office indicated on Spire to remove the hold prior to attempting to register. All holds must be resolved in time to register by the deadline.
Continuous Enrollment/Program Fee, Class Number (77699): If you are not registering for any courses or credits for the Fall semester and you are not filing for your degree, you must enroll for the Continuous Enrollment course, also known as the Program Fee. An incomplete course from a previous semester does not maintain your enrollment. First semester students are not eligible for Continuous Enrollment. You can find this Continuous Enrollment course in the Schedule of Classes under GRADSCH 999 or use class number (77699) for Fall 2014. The cost for Continuous Enrollment/Program Fee is $275.00 which will billed by the Bursar's Office. As of Fall 2012, the Graduate Student Senate Tax will be charged at a rate of 50% for Continuous Enrollment/Program Fee paying students.
Penalty for late registration: If you do not register by the September 15, 2014 deadline, you will be withdrawn from your graduate program. If you wish to enroll after the deadline, you will be required to obtain readmission authorization from your Graduate Program Director and will be required to pay the Readmission Fee of $125.00 in addition to any course fees or retroactive Continuous Enrollment/Program Fees. Readmission under this condition is subject to graduate program approval and is not guaranteed.
If you expect to graduate at the end of the Spring 2014 semester, you must complete all degree requirements and submit your thesis/dissertation and a Degree Eligibility Form to the Graduate Student Service Center by April 9, 2014. You do not need to enroll for the Fall unless you are continuing in another degree program.
If you encounter any problems with registering on SPIRE, you must contact the Graduate Student Service Center at (413) 545-0722 for registration problems or the Office of Information Technologies at (413) 545-9400 for technical problems as soon as possible. All registration problems must be resolved no later than September 15, 2014.
Use SPIRE "Seach Classes/Catalog" to access course information.
Graduate students who wish to take a fall course at one of the other schools in the Five-College Consortium can register either during the pre-registration period, March 31 to April 18, or during the add/drop period, September 2 to September 15. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in at least one three-credit course at UMass. A link to the Five-College Enrollment Request Form can be found on SPIRE under Enrollment—the form will appear only during the pre-registration and add/drop time periods. Both copies of Five-College Enrollment Request Form should be returned to the Graduate Student Service Center, 534 Goodell Building (on the ground floor). Instructor signatures are required during the add/drop period. The advisor signature is not required. All questions regarding enrollment in five-college courses should be directed to the Graduate Student Service Center at (413) 545-0722.
The Bursar's Office has transitioned entirely to electronic billing. Students no longer receive paper bills and can only access bills online. Notification of electronic bills are sent to students to view and/or pay their bills online. QuikPAY is the electronic system for all students to view, print and make their payment online. To access QuikPAY students should go to their Student Center in SPIRE and then click on "View/Pay Bill" in the Finances section. To obtain more information about QuikPAY, refer to the Bursar's Office website .
The above information is subject to change.