The Graduate School has moved to a fully online Training and Orientation. You can register yourself for one of the sessions below (depending on your start term). Our office will send out email reminders to any student not registered*.


- Summer Graduate Student Orientation: GRST 591-20, CRN 11461

- Fall Graduate Student Orientation: GRST 591-20, CRN 25545 

Once you have registered, you will access these orientations through BrightSpace (formally D2L), MSU's online learning platform. The course will be available to you approximately one month prior to the start of term.

Is it your first term and you have not registered before? See this link to details on registration.

*Note that the courses will open approximately one month before the start of term. We have done this to allow you to review materials before the start of term. This course does not have typical course tuition or fees, however you will be responsible for a small fee to cover training and orientation. Please reach out to the Graduate School with questions. If you have been a student for several years, please review the links below, as they will contain similar information provided in the Brightspace portal to new students. 

Training for all newly admitted Graduate Students:
This training covers topics which are beneficial to all graduate students such as ethics, Title IX, Safety & Risk, using the Library, Research Compliance, CITI Training, gaining residency for out of state (not international) students, and more.  For examples of past orientations, see this link.

Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Training:                                  
This training is for any new graduate student who is serving (or will be serving) in the capacity of a Graduate Teaching Assistant.  This training is not required, but could be very helpful in your future career. See this link for examples of past GTA trainings