Enrolling in Courses

All graduate courses can be found on the course schedule page. You should consult with your academic advisor before registering for courses.

  • Students enrolled in a degree program are expected to take a minimum of 3 credits per calendar year. These students can register online via their portal starting in their second semester and be billed later. For all instructions relating to registration, please refer to the Registrar’s information page.
  • Other students must register for courses using this form. Course registration will only be processed, and your seat in a course reserved, once this form and payment for tuition has been received​.
  • ​Trinity undergraduates interested in enrolling in a graduate course: If you are a rising junior or senior with an outstanding academic record, you may enroll in a graduate-only level course for undergraduate credit. Undergraduate students admitted to graduate courses are expected to complete the same requirements as graduate students. Prior to registering for a graduate-level course, students must receive and provide to the Registrar’s Office written approval by their academic adviser, the instructor of the graduate course, and the Office of Graduate Studies. Undergraduate tuition applies. Please direct additional questions to the Registrar, Alexis Yusov​.

Registering for a Thesis, Research Project, or Independent Study

Theses, final projects and independent studies cannot currently be registered for online; please contact the Office of Graduate Studies for relevant forms. Theses and research project guidelines are available from the director of each individual program.​ Please visit our Faculty Page for contact information.

  • ​​Completing a thesis or research project requires registering for 954 Thesis Part I (1 credit).  Those writing a 2-credit thesis should subsequently enroll in 955 Thesis Part II.
  • Final theses/projects are due to the thesis adviser by April 15 and to the Office of Graduate Studies by May 15. All theses or final projects must earn a grade of B- or higher.

​Students who spend more than the specified 1-2 semesters on a project/thesis will be assessed a fee of $200 per semester.

Cross-Registering for Courses through the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education​

Graduate students at Trinity can take courses at member institutions of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education (HCHE), just as graduate students from member institutions are welcome to enroll in Trinity courses. All information regarding cross-registration is available here. Employees of member institutions, including Trinity College, taking courses should follow the links marked for “Employees”, while non-employee students should follow the links marked for “Graduate Students”.  Cross-registering for an HCHE course requires approval of your academic adviser and written notification to the Office of Graduate Studies. Registration and payment for Consortium courses is completed at the institution offering the course.

Transferring Credit

Up to two credits can be transferred from other accredited graduate programs. You should obtain approval in advance for transferring credit from the program director.

Withdrawing from a Course

Students who wish to withdraw from a course must notify the Office of Graduate Studies in writing. Students who withdraw from a course after the second class meeting and before the last day of classes will receive a grade of W on their transcript. For fees associated with withdrawing from a course, see here.

Students who choose to withdraw from a course after the withdrawal deadline must first speak with their advisor and then submit a written petition the Graduate Studies Council.

Failure to attend class or merely notifying the instructor does not constitute official withdrawal from a course and will result in a grade of F.

Academic Standing

Satisfactory academic progress in graduate studies is defined as follows:

  • ​Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.667;
  • Complete a minimum of 3 credits per calendar year;
  • Attempt a maximum of 15 credits total; and
  • Successfully complete 80% of credits attempted

No more than one grade lower than B- will be credited toward a Master’s degree.

Intent to Graduate

In preparing to complete your degree, you must submit the Degree Application​ to the Registrar no later than November 6 before the May in which you intend to graduate.

Auditing a Course

Those interested in taking a course without receiving academic credit may audit the course. The fee for auditing each course is $925, in addition to the registration fee of $50. Auditing a course is subject to space availability and the permission of the instructor. No grades are given, and an audited course cannot count toward a degree program. Alumni interested in auditing a course should contact Julie Cloutier​ (860- 297-2403) in Alumni Relations.​

Transcripts

Trinity College now offers electronic transcript processing through Parchment, Inc. Their site will guide you through the ordering process step-by-step. You can choose to have your transcript issued as an official eTranscript or a paper copy. You may order multiple transcripts in a single session by adding them to the cart. For current students and alumni, there is a $3.00 processing fee per transcript payable by credit card. Your card will only be charged once the order is complete. The processing fee for third party/vendors is $10.00 per transcript.  Please visit the Registrar’s Office for additional information.