The academic policies, procedures, and deadlines in the Graduate Student Handbook have been established by the Graduate Council to ensure consistent standards in enrollment, education records, degree requirements, and the awarding of degrees across all UMass Amherst graduate programs.

Any Graduate School regulation or procedure shall not preclude graduate programs from developing specific regulations or procedures which are more restrictive or selective.

Course numbering system, types of courses, billing, enrollment status, continuous enrollment, statute of limitations, leave of absence, withdrawal/dismissal, absences for religious reasons.

Registration procedures, important dates, continuous enrollment, late registration, non-degree registration, billing.

Grading policies, transfer of credit policy, change of major/program, change of personal data, transcripts, and privacy of records.

Checklist of requirements, deadlines, and other information essential to completing your master’s or doctoral degree.