Registration & Course Questions:
Can I take courses without being admitted to a degree program?
Student may enroll in a single course, a number of courses, or a program leading to a bachelor's degree. All credit courses offered are University of Massachusetts Dartmouth courses and the grades earned are reflected in the student's grade point average at the university.
Students interested in enrolling in a graduate course need to process a non-degree special student form through the Graduate Studies Office. Enrolling in a graduate class as a non-degree student requires permission of the instructor and/or the director of the specific graduate program. Each department has different procedures, so you should first consult the Office of Graduate Studies & Admissions at 508-999-8604. If you are considering taking a sequence of graduate courses in a certain academic area, it is best to get the advice of the Graduate Program Director.
How do I select my courses?
Professional & Continuing Education is open throughout the year. Admissions coordinators are available during the day or evening to assist students applying, transferring and registering for courses.
To schedule an appointment in Dartmouth or Fall River please call 508-999-9202 or email email@example.com.
For Cape Cod Community 2&2 General Business and Master of Business Administration questions, please call Dr. Donald D. Babcock at 508-362-2131 x4504 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although we will make every effort to see walk-ins, new students are strongly urged to schedule an appointment in advance. Students wishing to transfer credits earned at other colleges or universities must bring at least an unofficial/student copy of their transcript(s) for their advisor to review, and, if possible, catalog descriptions of courses taken.
How do I register for courses?
You have many ways to register: through COIN (for matriculated UMD students), in person at the University Enrollment Center (1st floor-Foster Administration Building), or by phone with a major credit card by calling 508-999-9129.
A printable Registration Form is found online (as a .pdf file) for your convenience. Below is an example of a Principles of Accounting II course and how the registration form should be completed:
|ACT||212-8102||Principles of Accounting II||3 (# of credits)|
How do I register for online courses?
First time UMD students, please register by phone with a major credit card by calling 508-999-9129, or in person at the University Enrollment Center in the 1st floor of the Foster Administration Building.
If you are already a matriculated UMD student, you may register through COIN online. You can access most* online/blended courses at http://dartmouth.umassonline.net and type in your username and password.
*A few online courses are accessed through an external website. For example, some Music online courses use http://www.connect4education.org with a special access code. This access code can be purchased online at: http://www.connect4education.com/store/index.htm.
FYI: If this is your first UMass Dartmouth online course, you will need to activate your UMD email account. All online course correspondence is done through your UMD email, not your personal email. Activate your email here.
Attention Students: Please print the following pdf Getting Started with myCourses Student Guide for information on how to log into your online course(s).
If you need technical support, please contact the Student IT Service Center.
What are my Payment Options?
Students must pay for courses in full at the time of registration with cash, check or credit card. [more]
TMS Monthly Budget Plan:
The TMS Monthly Budget Plan is available during the Spring, Summer & Fall terms for those who would like to pay for their course(s) over a four month period. TMS is not available for non-credit courses. TMS forms are available at the University Enrollment Center.
Those enrolled in degree programs may be eligible for financial aid or loans, please apply through the UMass Dartmouth Office of Financial Aid.
Where do I purchase my books?
Either online or in person from the Campus Store on the ground floor of the UMass Dartmouth Campus Center. The Campus Store stocks all required textbooks for continuing education courses, plus recommended and supplementary books, art supplies, nursing supplies, newspapers, and magazines.
Attention Students: Students who choose to purchase their textbooks before confirmation of courses take the chance of needing to return their textbooks due to course cancellations*. Also, because of space availability, PCE advises waiver students to please wait until they are officially enrolled in their course(s) to purchase textbooks.
Please review UMass Dartmouth's Textbook Return Policy.
*If your course is cancelled, please review our Refund Policy.
Cape Cod Community College satellite location textbooks will be available at the CCCC bookstore. For CCCC bookstore information, please call 508-357-4022.
Where can I park my car and do I need a parking permit?
Anyone parking a vehicle on University property must obtain a parking permit in the form of a decal or other permit, or purchase a temporary parking pass to park. (The words "decal" and "permit" are used interchangeably in these regulations.) Faculty, staff, and students must park in areas designated by their respective permits or, as in the case of visitors, use designated visitor parking. [more].
At the Fall River Professional & Continuing Education Center, parking is available for a nominal fee at the Pearl Street garage, which is within one block of the building. Metered parking is also available on South Main St.
Directions to the Main Dartmouth Campus and satellite locations are available online.
How and when do I access my grades?
Grades are not mailed. It is the student’s responsibility to use the COIN (Corsairs Online Information) system to access grades. If you need assistance with the COIN system, please contact the Help Desk at 508-999-8884.
Professors are given 72 hours from the last class day/exam to submit final grades.
Watch this Viewing Your Grades video for instructions on how to check your grades in COIN.
Should I use my UMass Dartmouth email account and how do I activate it?
Email accounts are provided to every UMass Dartmouth student. This is an official means of communication for UMass Dartmouth notifications, alerts, announcements and events. More information about our email system, Zimbra, can be found here. For additional information about technology at UMD, visit the Computing and Information Technology Services website at http://www.umassd.edu/cits/.
If the PCE course I need to graduate is full, what can I do?
If you run into a situation in which a course you need to graduate is filled to capacity; you have the option of contacting the professor directly for approval to enter his/her course. An email from the professor or a signed registration form is required by the University Enrollment Center to officially enroll you into the class.
Professors’ contact information is available within the online directory. If you are unable to find a part-time professor please contact PCE at 508-999-9202.
Admission & Advising Questions:
How do I apply for a degree program?
Professional & Continuing Education offers an open, rolling admissions policy – meaning you can apply at any time, as applications are reviewed continuously.
- Apply online or use our Degree Application & Residency Declaration Form (only apply through one method, not both)
- Send PCE your official transcripts. Please keep in mind: it often takes 4-6 weeks to receive outside transcripts, so request that they be sent as early as possible. You must submit official transcripts from all colleges you attended. Course descriptions are required if your courses were taken at a private or out-of-state college or university. Upon request, Massachusetts course descriptions may also need to be provided for transfer credit approval.
- Once complete, applicants are evaluated. Incomplete applications become VOID after 90 days.
- If you apply online, you are able to check your application status.
Please review our admission process for more information.
Where can I learn about career options?
The Career Development Center, located on the lower level of the Liberal Arts (LARTS) Building, offers a full range of career services, such as help with resume writing, job searching, interview skills, and more. For more information, please visit http://www.umassd.edu/cdc/.
What do I do if I applied to day school Admissions by mistake?
If you applied to day school Admissions by accident and would like to obtain your degree through Professional & Continuing Education:
- Please visit the Day School Admissions Office and sign a release or write a letter to Admissions stating you would like your documentation & official transcripts to be released to the Professional & Continuing Education, explaining that you applied to day school accidentally.
- If you have already paid your day school application fee, please contact Jennifer Ferreira at 508-910-9063 to request that, as a courtesy, your PCE degree application fee be waived.
- Set up an appointment as soon as possible to meet with a PCE advisor, who will help you to begin taking courses towards your PCE degree program.
Do I have to submit transcripts from all my previous colleges?
Students must submit official transcripts from all colleges they attended. Course descriptions are required if your course(s) were obtained at a private or out of state college/university. Upon request, Massachusetts course descriptions may need to be provided for transfer credit approval.
Please keep in mind, it often takes 4-6 weeks to receive outside transcripts, so request that they be sent to UMass Dartmouth Professional & Continuing Education as early as possible.
How and when are my transfer credits from my other colleges applied to my UMass Dartmouth degree?
Professional & Continuing Education and the dean, or a designee, of the appropriate college will determine which transfer credits will be applied towards your UMD degree. The minimum acceptable grade for receiving transfer credit is a C-.
Transfer credits are recorded on the student's permanent UMass Dartmouth record once the student is officially registered in a UMass Dartmouth course.
What assistance is available to me if I am experiencing academic difficulty and are there tutoring services available?
The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is a support service that provides peer tutoring and small group review sessions for UMass Dartmouth students. The ARC offers help with writing papers and improving your study skills as well as peer tutoring, study groups and study partners, workshops on academic issues, and individualized assessments.
Who should be informed if I have a learning disability?
The Center for Access and Success is a support organization that helps students with disabilities pursue their educational goals while adjusting fully to their new environment. Services provided include mobility, note-taking, advocacy, alternative testing, and a referral service for interpreters. UMass Dartmouth's policy regarding admission and access to programs prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. While applicants and enrolled students are not required to disclose a disability, it is recommended they contact the Center for Access and Success to discuss, in confidence, accommodations that may be needed.
Can I retake a class to improve my GPA?
You do have the option to repeat an individual course at UMass Dartmouth to attempt to increase your cumulative grade point average.
However, only the appropriate UMass Dartmouth course may be used; no course taken at another institution can replace a UMass Dartmouth course’s grade. Only the most recently-earned course grade (whether higher or lower) will be reflected in a student’s cumulative GPA; however, all courses attempted by a student will be part of their permanent record.
Please speak with your academic advisor prior to registering for the same course again.