Current Graduate Students

Academic advising is primarily done by faculty advisors with expertise in the area and with the support of our knowledgeable graduate staff.  Our collaborative advising model not only addresses accessibility and availability but also provides a comprehensive and effective advising experience for our graduate students.  

This page offers a list of relevant resources for current master and doctoral students.  Additional guidance is located on the Path to the Degree page.  Graduate students should feel free to contact the department graduate staff for assistance with questions not answered here.

Master's Degree Student Advising

A list of faculty advisors by department and program is provided below.  Additional information and resources are located under Path to Degree.

Ph.D. Student Advising

Ph.D. students receive advising from the assigned faculty/research advisor and mentor.  If you have not identified your faculty advisor, please contact your department Ph.D. Program Chair for advising.  Students are required to meet with the faculty advisor to complete the Study Plan and at a minimum, once a year to complete the Annual Progress Review.  

For additional online information, guidance, and forms for the Ph.D. review the Path to the Degree page.

CPT & OPT Graduate Guidelines

Please note that students are required to adhere to any additional department guidelines or policies regarding CPT/OPT. 

  • All students interested in applying for CPT should strictly adhere to the following procedures:  

    1. Students must be enrolled full-time for two semesters within the same academic or calendar year prior to CPT.
    2. Course enrollment requirement during CPT:
      • Part time CPT (working 20 or fewer hours/week): CPT course + minimum of 6 credit hours enrollment in course work related to major
      • Full time CPT (working 21 or more hours/week) : CPT course + minimum of 3 credit hours enrollment in course work related to major
    3. Students must complete the CPT application documents located on the International Office website.
    4. Deadlines for CPT applications will follow the campus registration Add/Drop deadlines.  After the deadline, applicants must submit petitions to their department chair for approval.
    5. GPA requirement for CPT applicants is 3.0 or above (good academic standing).
    6. Applicants must provide a written statement that clearly indicates how CPT is a good opportunity for improving their educational experience (that is, how the concepts learned in their coursework will be applied through employment).
    7. Applicants must obtain a job offer letter from the prospective employer. The letter must: 
      • Be printed on company letterhead showing company address 
      • Indicate the job title and describe the work the student will do 
      • Indicate specific start date of employment (and end date, if applicable)
      • Indicate the number of hours the student will work per week
    8. Applicants should bring all CPT related forms and documents to their home department to request approval and obtain signatures from the chair. 
    9. Applicants must register for the designated 1-credit hour CECS CPT course, ENGR 500.

    Students Completing CPT:

    1. Upon completion of CPT, students must provide a written report to the chair of their home department describing how the knowledge gained from their coursework has been implemented during their work experience. This report will be used to assign a pass/fail grade for the CPT course. 
    2. Continuing students who renew CPT will receive a ‘Y’ grade for the current semester; the final grade will be assigned after the CPT experience has been completed and a report has been submitted to the home department chair. 
    3. Students must re-apply for CPT every semester (see procedure above), but no additional registration for ENGR 500 will be required
    4. The total duration of CPT should be no more than 365 days.
  • All students interested in applying for OPT: 

    1. Must be registered full-time and have completed at least one academic year in a degree seeking program.
    2. Can perform OPT as:
      • Full- or part-time during summer vacation
      • Part-time while school is in session
      • Full- or part-time after completion of coursework (excluding thesis or the equivalent)
      • Full-time after completion of study
    3. Must apply for OPT before completion of study.
    4. Must complete the OPT application documents located on the OIA website.

Rackham Program Policies

Rackham Graduate School

Many of the master's programs offered at UM-Dearborn are affiliated with the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and as such abide by Rackham policies and regulations. Admission and student services for all graduate programs offered at UM-Dearborn are handled on our campus. 

Academic Code of Conduct

The University of Michigan-Dearborn values academic honesty and integrity. Each student has a responsibility to understand, accept, and comply with the University's standards of academic conduct as set forth by the Code of Academic Conduct, as well as policies established by the schools and colleges. Cheating, collusion, misconduct, fabrication, and plagiarism are considered serious offenses. Violations will not be tolerated and may result in penalties up to and including, expulsion from the University.

CECS Grievance Policy

Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in courses offered by CECS are expected to act professionally towards their peers, as well as the faculty and staff members of the College. The students are also expected to uphold the highest level of academic and personal integrity. The students should expect members of the college faculty and staff to act professionally and demonstrate the high integrity that characterizes the professional academic community. In the event a student files a grievance regarding a CECS faculty or staff member, or academic practices and policies, the College is committed to addressing the students concern swiftly in accordance with the procedures outlined in this document.

How to Report an Incident on Campus

The University of Michigan-Dearborn is committed to providing a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors on campus.

The University of Michigan Compliance Hotline is a tool for U-M employees, students, vendors and others to raise concerns regarding financial, regulatory, NCAA, substance abuse and patient safety issues.

The Campus-Wide Incident Reporting Website is a central area to report incidents of discrimination, harassment, hate, bias, sexual assault and instances of concern, safety and campus community wellbeing. If there is an emergency, immediately call 9-1-1.