Welcome to UMass Graduate School!

To help you prepare for life as a graduate student, we’ve developed a series of modules to help Welcome to UMass Grad School (WUGS)! These resources will help you become informed, intentional, inclusive and proactive members of our vibrant UMass community.     

You can engage with WUGS content in a number of ways: 

Welcome Videos

Members of our community, including graduate students, offerwelcome videos to share advice and introduce you to key people in graduate education at UMass.

  • Welcome to UMass
  • UMass Cares and Supports You
  • Grad to Grad: Advice from Students

Content Videos

Our short content videos promote strategies to help you survive and thrive in graduate school. Video themes include:

  • Welcome to Graduate School!
  • Navigating Life as a Grad Student
  • Community
  • Building a Mentoring Network
  • Career Development

Live Events

The Graduate School's Office of Inclusion and Engagement and Office of Professional Development will also host live events (virtual on Zoom) so you can build on the WUGS foundation, further develop your skills, and find community at UMass. For example, consider attending ourSucceeding in the Virtual Environment series:

New Student Checklist

Are you unsure of what tasks you might need to complete leading up to the first day of classes? The new student checklist will help ensure you are ready for graduate school. 

Resource List

There are many campus offices, centers, and services at UMass to help you succeed as a graduate student. Check out the resource page to learn more about Student Support & Services, Academic Resources, the Amherst Community and COVID-19 Information.


Please feel free to contact the Graduate School with questions about the Welcome to UMass Graduate School orientation!