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Resources for Directors of Graduate Programs

The Graduate School provides resources and information to directors of graduate programs to help them successfully manage the procedures, policies and schedules throughout the academic year, and to problem-solve and guide students to their degrees.

Proposing, Revising, and Suspending Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs

The Graduate School reviews and authorizes new graduate programs and revisions to existing programs in the Rackham Graduate School.

Resources and Information for Students Affected by Country Based Travel Restrictions

Information for students before they travel, and those facing visa issues or who have been refused entry at the U.S. border.

Guidelines for Graduate Course Approval

Before submitting a new course for approval, a course modification, or a course deletion, departments should first read this guide.

Rackham’s Faculty Committee on Mentoring (MORE)

MORE (Mentoring Others Results in Excellence) is a Rackham committee that provides faculty with effective tools and practices for mentoring graduate students and seeks to improve the graduate school experience for all students.

Rackham Handbook for Faculty Directors of Graduate Programs

A reference guide for faculty members who act as the primary chair or director for Rackham programs.

Graduate School Academic Policies

The general rules and regulations that govern graduate study in Rackham programs. Go to Graduate School Academic Policies.

Graduate Programs and Registration Policy

Graduate chairs and directors should know the eligibility criteria as well as the process for your program to obtain resources for tuition support from your school or college. Please inform your faculty, staff, and students about your departmental process for obtaining tuition support.

Holistic Review of Applications for Admission to Graduate Degree Programs

In the holistic review process—also known as full file review—readers give careful consideration to all the credentials presented by the student as they assess the application materials for indicators that the applicant possesses qualities known to contribute to successful completion of the degree program.

Responsible Conduct of Research

The Office of the Vice President for Research website provides links to materials about important issues in the responsible and professional conduct of research and scholarship.

Academic and Professional Integrity

A clear sense of academic honesty and professional integrity is fundamental to our scholarly community. To that end, the University of Michigan expects its students to demonstrate honesty and integrity in all their academic activities. However, students pursuing graduate education are being educated not only in a substantive field of inquiry but also in a profession. Although there are many common values, specific standards required of professionals vary by discipline, and this policy document has been written with respect for those differences.

Conflict Resolution

Rackham Graduate School offers formal and informal conflict resolution services, provides resources and referrals, and can offer alternative resolutions in consultation with other offices as appropriate. Students can expect confidentiality in a safe environment.

Programs of Study

Course listings are updated weekly and Rackham solicits changes to the program descriptions once per year. However, additional changes to the program descriptions may be submitted at any time. To submit revisions to Rackham’s Programs of Study listing please contact Elyse Rubin at

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