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The Graduate School offers the following resources and policies to help graduate students register for courses and ensure timely degree completion.

Please note: Due to the very specific nature of graduate coursework and graduate learning sequences, course registration procedures vary from academic department to academic department. Make sure to become familiar with your academic department's registration process.


All Binghamton University students must confirm their enrollment the first week of classes every fall, spring and summer semester via BU BRAIN. If students do not fulfill this requirements by the fifth day of classes, their course registration will automatically be canceled. Instructions and details are available here. Student Records will send a reminder e-mail every semester.


Total Credits

It is important for all students, whether master's or doctoral, domestic or international, to register for the proper number of credits each semester, especially if full-time student status is desired or required. An improper number of credits may affect financing, tuition, visa status, satisfactory academic progress, and/or timely degree completion. Full-time registration status is defined as 12 credits per semester for level one students (who have completed less than 24 graduate credits), and 9 credits for level two students (who have completed 24 or more graduate credits). See The Graduate School Manual for details.

Continuous Registration

All graduate students must ensure continuous registration every semester. Graduate Students who fail to register each fall and spring semester for at least one credit, and who have not been granted a leave of absence, will have to reapply to The Graduate School if they wish to return as a graduate student. See The Graduate School Manual for details.


The Graduate School Manual
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Student Records


Course Registration Instructions

The Office of the Registrar provides extensive information about course registration, including details about add/drop procedures, course conflict, semester withdrawal and more.



Access BU BRAIN 24/7 here with your UserID and password to view courses you have been registered for or to register for courses once your registration window is open. You will also need to log in prior to and during the semester to finance loans, update personal/emergency contact info, make student account payments (bill, fines, fees), add/drop courses, sign up for direct deposit of refunds, view grades and more.


bMOBI Application

bMobi –Binghamton University’s free mobile application—features the course schedule, as well as a campus map to locate classrooms and campus buildings. Learn more and get instructions on how to download here.


University Bulletin

Review more specifics about your academic program and degree requirements in the University’s Bulletin


University Calendar

Access the University Calendar to know when the semester starts and ends, when breaks and holidays occur, and also when deadlines to make changes to your course registration occur.


Schedule of Classes

The online schedule of classes provides information on upcoming courses, including course descriptions, instructors, meeting times, campus locations, textbooks, credits, and general education requirements. If you need more information on how to properly read the Schedule of Classes go here.

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Last Updated: 6/18/15