REGISTRATION GUIDELINES FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
Graduate Director of Mathematics: Dr. Zhongshan (Jason) Li
Graduate Director of Statistics: Dr. Gengsheng (Jeff) Qin
Academic Advisor: Ms. Katina Akins
- All registration authorization or override requests for courses are to be sent to Dr. Li (Mathematics) or Dr. Qin (Statistics and Bioinformatics), and Ms. Akins.
- To be eligible for a full tuition waiver, a student must meet university-wide credit hour enrollment minimums. All graduate assistants with tuition waiver must register for at least 12 credit hours each for fall and spring semesters & 9 credit hours for summer (but not more than 25 credit hours). It is recommended that anyone with tuition waiver register for 18 credit hours or more, so that one still maintains at least 12 credit hours in case one withdraws from some courses later in the semester. Tuition waiver will show in the registration system only after you have registered for some courses and met the requirements for tuition waiver. Let the Graduate Director know if PAWS does not show your tuition waiver after you have register for the courses.
- All new PhD students should take Math 9116 (Teaching Collegiate Math).
- All PhD students are expected to register for the 1 credit hour course Math/Stat 8900 (Math Colloquium, or Stat Colloquium). Up to 6 credit hours of Math/Stat 8900 accumulated over several years may count toward a PhD degree.
- Every registration authorization or override request must contain Course Prefix (Math or Stat), Course Number, CRN, Course Title, as well as the student's name, Panther ID, and the degree concentration, plus a brief explanation as to why an override is needed. Most of such information can be provided using the form below. The course titles and degree program concentration should be stated separately out of the form.
- Note that if you are not authorized for registering in a course, the registration system may allow you to register, but will later drop you from the course for lack of authorization. You may need prerequisite override for some courses. Some other courses may require special authorization, such courses include Math 8800, Math 8801, Math 8802, Math/Stat 8820, Stat 8690, Stat 8691, Stat 8692, Stat 8693, Stat 8694, Stat 8930, Math/Stat 8900, Math/Stat 8950, Math/Stat 8999, Math 9116, and Math/Stat 9999.
- Completed Override/Authorization Request Form must be sent from the official GSU email address of the requestor.
- The student is ultimately responsible for the classes she/he registers, so please ask for clarification if you are unsure.
- Every PhD student has to first get her/his Dissertation advisor's approval (attached or included in the email chain) before contacting the Graduate Director.
- Note that 7000 level Math courses are for College of Education students only, and cannot count toward a PhD or MS degree in Math.
- MS students should get advice and approval of the Graduate Director concerning course selection.
- Please register for 8000 level courses far in advance, as some of these courses may have to be cancelled for low enrollment several weeks before classes begin.
- Please allow 48 hours for requests to be processed, although often they will be processed much sooner.
- GLAs should register for the appropriate section of Math 8802 or Stat 8692 depending on their specific Lab assignments. GTAs should register for the GTA section of Math 8802.
For your degree requirements and other info, please consult the Graduate Catalog.
Another section of the Graduate Catalog provides some general info here.
Graduate student resources can be accessed at the College of Arts and Science website here.
Frequently Asked Questions
- I was admitted with special status. How do I become a student with full status?
You need to satisfy the conditions outlined in your acceptance letter, which usually involved taking certain courses in a specific timeframe.
- Can l change my concentration?
Please discuss with the Graduate Director in charge of your concentration. Once approved by the Graduate Director, submit a change of concentration form at the Milestones website.
- If I am a GLA/GTA/GRA, how do I choose the number of credit hours for flexible credit hour courses such as Math 8802 to meet the requirements for tuition waiver?
Most regular Math/Stat courses have a fixed number of credit hours, namely, 3. But Math/Stat 8900 (Math/Stat Colloquium for Math PhD students) is a 1 credit hour course. Choose a suitable number of credit hours for flexible credit hour courses so that the total of your credit hours for the semester is at least 12 credit hours each for fall and spring semesters & 9 credit hours for summer.
- May I take courses offered by other departments?
With prior approval of the Graduate Director, some courses offered by other departments may count among the free electives toward your degree.
- When can I take Math/Stat 9999 (Dissertation Research)?
Normally, a PhD student is allowed to take this course after passing at least two PhD Qualifying Exams.
- What is the timeline for submitting non-thesis project/finalizing proposal/defense?
Please find the information from the website of the Office of Graduate Services. This page will guide you to essential information about your life as a graduate student.
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