Graduate School

Spring 2021 Incoming Graduate Students

The University is fully prepared and excited to welcome students, faculty, and staff back to campus for face-to-face learning and events for the 2020-21 academic year. Congratulations once again on your admission to the Michigan Tech graduate program!

We understand that this is an unusual time to embark on your graduate education. We are working to ensure that you have the information, services, and resources to make the academic year as smooth as possible for all students.

Below, you will find important information as you prepare to enroll. This page is evolving and we continuously update with new information becomes available.

Please do not hesitate to email with questions and concerns about your specific situation. Our regular office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EDT), Monday through Friday.

MTU Flex and COVID-19

What does MTU Flex mean? MTU Flex is the University’s approach to a phased reopening that provides flexibility to navigate the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on campus. As part of this plan, we will use Health and Safety Levels to guide our behavior on campus this fall. These levels provide us with the agility to respond to COVID-19 on campus and in the local community in real time with scientifically informed, practical, and targeted steps.

We developed a strategic health screening process to detect, monitor, and trace any potential COVID-19 presence on campus. Our community will continue to observe all social distancing and hygiene protocols, including the wearing of protective face coverings. All incoming students should review MTU Flex prior to returning to campus.

Where do I find COVID-19 information? The MTU Flex website is continuously updated to provide our community with the most up-to-date information on the situation, including COVID-19 testing statistics. You can also find additional graduate school COVID-19 resources on the Graduate School COVID-19 page.



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International Students

Michigan Tech extends a heartfelt welcome to international students! It is a big decision to study abroad. To ease your transition into the Michigan Tech community, we have provided the following information to get you started as you prepare to join us in Houghton this fall.

Work with the Grad School to get your I-20

Visit the international applicants page to learn about programs, costs, and securing required documents prior to applying for a student visa.

International Programs and Services (IPS)

The International Programs and Services (IPS) website has useful information on travel, clothing, and campus life for new students as well as more life-work resources for all international students.

International Student during Parade of Nations clasping hands in prayer

Mandatory Life@Michigan Tech Course

Life@Michigan Tech is a seven-part workshop series that provides information and tools to help students adjust to college culture generally and to social and academic life at Michigan Tech specifically. The workshops will begin the first week of the fall semester. These workshops are mandatory for all new international undergraduate, transfer, exchange, and graduate students. Expect an email with information about time, dates and location for the workshops.

The (IPS) office supports international students with resources and documentation upon arrival and during their time at Michigan Tech. IPS provides documentation for:

Still have questions? Email For information on visa support and travel:

Next Steps


Accept, decline, or defer admission using the Confirm/Need to Confirm Admissions link in the prospective student tab of your MyMichiganTech. Only fully admitted students (that is international students who have provided proof of funding or domestic students) can accept their admission. Generally, we approve all requests for deferral of admissions. As the situation is in great flux worldwide, we strongly encourage you to wait to defer your fall 2020 admission until you are sure this is the best course of action.

Register for Graduate School Orientation

Graduate School Orientation is required for all new graduate students. To prepare you to be successful at both a great education and comfortable friendly life at Michigan Tech, the Graduate School as well as individual departments organize a number of orientation sessions.  

The Welcome to Graduate School session will introduce you to the Graduate School staff, Career Center, Transportation Services, Graduate Student Government, Public Safety and other essential services. The “Responsible Conduct of Research” session will introduce you to critical information about being a responsible graduate student. Additional sessions organized by your home department and the Center for Teaching and Learning will prepare you for educational and work responsibilities.

Register for Orientation

For more information about the dates and venues for orientation, see Pathways to Graduate Student Success. Orientation is still evolving and you will be updated as new information becomes available. Note that there will be separate orientations for graduate teaching assistants and international students. Consult your graduate program director or chair for information on department specific orientations.

Department Orientations

Many departments organize discipline-specific orientations for new graduate students and trainings for Graduate Teaching Instructors and Graduate Research Assistants. Please consult your graduate program director or department chair for more information.

Register for Courses

  • Contact your advisor and/or Graduate Director for guidance on course selection.
  • Utilize the Academic Calendar for important deadlines including course add/drop dates, refunds, withdrawal dates, term dates, weeks, financial deadlines, and holidays.
  • Registration for courses can be done via your Banweb Account. For more information on how to register see the Registration page. The Registrar’s Office (Administration Building, Room 130) can assist with your registration. You can also email:

Registration Errors

Students may experience registration errors when adding courses. Sometimes waivers must be approved by the department/instructor before a student can take the course for which they are experiencing the registration error. Contact your advisor or email if you still have questions about the registration error.

If registration deadlines are missed (utilize Academic Calendar), late course add approval of the instructor is needed. A signature on Late Add form and/or email from instructor to is sufficient. 

For registration errors relating to a course outside of your department, waiver must be obtained from the outside department.

Pay Your Student Bill/Confirm Enrollment

Payments can be done via your MyMichiganTech account or in the Cashier’s Office, Administration Building, Room 103. For more information on how to confirm enrollment, pay bill, and methods of paying your bill, see the Financial Services Center.

Get Health Insurance

All International Students, supported and unsupported graduate students, and student athletes are required to participate in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). All domestic undergraduate students may participate on a voluntary basis and have the option to enroll online at MyMichiganTech.

If you have a comprehensive health plan that meets Michigan Tech’s coverage requirement and is accepted in the United States, then you do not need to purchase a health plan through Michigan Tech. You must waive your coverage online through Consolidated Health Plan. J-1 students must fill the J-1 Waiver Request and Compatibility form and submit it to the Student Health Insurance Office at the Lakeshore Center. For more information on waivers for J-1 Scholars, call 906-487-1088 or Also see Student Insurance for more information on health insurance waiver

Campus Experience

The MTU Flex website has many resources to help you before and when you arrive on campus.

Transportation and Community