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Policies and Forms

For Students

Forms for Graduate Students

This is a list of PDF checklists and required forms. Some programs (the College of Education, for example) require advisor approval before being reviewed by the Graduate Program Director.  Please check with the department if unsure what approval is required. 

Graduate Student Handbook

Academic policies, procedures and deadlines for enrollment, educational records and degree certification.

Graduate School Bulletin

An online, searchable version of the current Graduate School Bulletin.

Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Resources

The Graduate School is committed to promoting an environment that is free of discrimination and sexual violence. Please see this page for resources.

For Faculty & Staff

Graduate Faculty Status

Members of the Graduate Faculty are recommended to the Graduate Dean by the Graduate Program Director or Department Head for Graduate Faculty Status (GFS). Nomination procedures and forms can be found here.

Accelerated Master's Degree Option

The Accelerated Master’s Degree Option is created to encourage undergraduate students with top academic records to remain at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst for a graduate degree. The Accelerated Master’s Degree Option is designed to enable graduate programs to identify potential candidates as early as the junior year of study by extending an “early” (conditional) offer of admission.

Certificate Program Guidelines

The areas of study for the graduate certificates are created within the mission of graduate education. Students will be awarded certificates upon completion of specific course work, approved by the Graduate Council. The graduate certificate is not defined as a degree by the Graduate School; rather, it is a focused collection of courses that, when completed, affords the student some record of distinct academic accomplishment in a given discipline or set of related disciplines.

Course Approvals

Follow this link to a detailed checklist of requirements that must be submitted in support of any course to be approved by the Graduate Council.  This checklist is an addendum to Course Approval Forms B (courses numbered 500-599) and C (courses numbered 600-999) available online from the Faculty Senate.

Graduate Appointments Policies and Procedures

Policies and procedures for Graduate Appointments are located on the Funding Support pages of the Graduate School's website.

Graduate School Grants and Fellowships

A small number of grants and fellowships offered by the Graduate School, with support from the Provost, are available to support the research and scholarly activities of our graduate students. Specific information about applying and eligibility for these funds can be found here.

Non-Working Fellowships and Traineeships

These are awards based on external funding.

Joint Authorship

The University’s policy on Joint Authorship provides guidance on assigning authorship in research publications. Faculty who supervise graduate student research should be familiar with the policy—a summary and link to the policy may be found here.