College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota
College of Science and Engineering

Graduate Student Resources

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Doctoral Thesis Credits

The College of Science and Engineering requires that all doctoral students pass the preliminary oral exam before they can register for thesis credits. 

Leaves of Absence

Graduate students who are unable to maintain active status due to extenuating circumstances may request a leave of absence. Extenuating circumstances may include, but are not limited to, illness or injury, death in the family, military service, birth or adoption of a child, and off campus opportunities related to professional/academic development.  A leave may be granted for up to two academic years without the leave period being counted toward time to degree. Students are encourages to consult with their adviser, DGS, and other relevant offices to determine if a leave is the best course of action.

Registration Exceptions

Graduate students can request an exception to the registration policy by submitting an online form available at One Stop's graduate student resources page. Registration exceptions include class additions, drops, or swaps after a deadline, changes to grading basis or class credit numbers after a deadline and registration for more than 18 credits during a term. Exceptions are not granted automatically. You will be given the opportunity to explain any extenuating circumstances that may have affected your registration.

Graduate Student Services and Progress Office

The GSSP Office is responsible for student academic matters, including monitoring student registration and degree progress, approving graduate degree plans, scheduling of examinations, accepting completed theses and dissertations, awarding of degrees, and maintaining permanent student records.

Information regarding all of the processes listed above, and the forms needed to complete them, are available at the Graduate School website.


The Arts, Sciences, and Engineering Commencement Ceremony is held every spring for graduate students in the College of Science and Engineering, the College of Biological Sciences, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Medical School Basic Science departments. Visit the commencement website for more information.