Graduate School

Pathways to Success in Graduate School

Dean Murthy

Welcome to Michigan Tech! 

We are glad you have chosen Michigan Tech to pursue your graduate studies, and we look forward to welcoming you on campus. We have prepared a guide to summarize the activities available to you during our orientation program.  They are each a part of your Pathways to Success in Graduate School.  Graduate school will require you to grow academically, professionally, and socially in order to achieve your goals.  We look forward to helping you achieve your goals. Welcome again, and Go Huskies!


Graduate School Events 

Welcome to Graduate School (required)

  • Monday, August 27th | Memorial Union Ballroom (2nd floor) | 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
    Meet the Dean, Graduate Student Government, Career Services, Public Safety, and more.  Also receive your Husky T-shirt!

Orientation to Graduate Studies and Research (required)

At orientation, you will be introduced to the expectations for graduate students and the basics of responsible conduct for research. You will also learn about services available on campus to support your success as well as a few tips from our presenters. Contact the Graduate School with any questions.

If you are unable to attend a session, you may complete online training and view our online resources to fulfill your requirement.

Schedule and Description

  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Check-in at the Memorial Union Commons (ground floor)
     You will be given a lunch ticket to have lunch and socialize with other new students. You might even meet Blizzard T. Husky!
  • 11 a.m. - noon - (tentative) Student Services Fair in the Memorial Union Commons (ground floor) during lunch you can learn about some of the great services and organizations available for students.
  • 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Orientation program in the Memorial Union Ballroom (2nd floor).  Get introduced to the concepts below and obtain the required RCR training. If you do not complete the training within your first two semesters, you will have a hold placed on your account and will not be able to register for subsequent semesters.
  • 4:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.: Safety training (for Mechanical Engineers only; other programs will conduct their own safety training)

Our orientation program will introduce students to:

  • Academic Integrity
  • Advisor/Advisee Relationships
  • Strategies and tips for graduate studies
  • Responsible Conduct for Research (RCR) (required)
  • Expectations for Graduate Education and policies
  • Safety (Mechanical Engineering session only)

Graduate Teaching Assistantship Orientation

The GTA Orientation Schedule is available on the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) website and takes before the start of fall semester.

Program Orientation and Safety Training

Individual programs may also have orientation sessions. Please contact your graduate program director for more information.

International Student Information

The office of International Programs and Services will welcome international students to campus and provide additional information.