Research Mode

What is it?

Research mode allows students to register for research credits at a reduced tuition rate.

Who’s eligible?

Students are eligible for research mode at the start of the first semester following completion of the required milestones.

  • Master’s candidates—Must complete all required courses as well as the required number of credits for their degree (usually 30).
  • Doctoral candidates—Must satisfactorily complete both their qualifying and dissertation proposal exams, as well as all courses required for their degree (as applicable).
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      • Post-master’s students who did not complete their master’s degree at Michigan Tech will need to complete a minimum of 18 credits at the 3000 level or above prior to entering research mode (any combination of course work and research credits). These are students who have a master’s degree from some other institution.
      • Pre-master’s students will need to complete a minimum of 20 credits (any combination of course work and research credits) at the 3000 level or above before entering research mode. These are students who directly pursue a PhD after earning a bachelor’s degree.

How do students enter Research Mode?

  • Students must complete and submit the Petition to enter research mode form to the Graduate School. The Petition is due one week prior to the first day of classes in the semester a student plans to enter research mode.
  • For master's students, the Final Degree Schedule (M4) must also have been submitted to the Graduate School before any Petition to enter Research Mode will be approved.
  • For doctoral candidates, the Final Degree Schedule (D5) and Report on Research Proposal Exam (D6) must be submitted to the Graduate School before any Petition to enter Research Mode will be approved. An additional requirement: a student’s home department must certify in the candidate’s Banner record that the candidate has successfully passed the qualifying and proposal defense exams.

What about registration and tuition rates?

Research Mode students enroll in regular research credits under their advisor. Research-mode students can register for any combination of research and coursework credits. Research-Mode students will be charged the reduced Research-Mode tuition for any research credits taken.