Winter Session Information for Graduate Students

How will Winter Session Affect Graduate Students?

The 2020 Winter Session will be the second winter session for BGSU. Provided below is some information that is relevant specifically to graduate students. Please contact the Graduate College with any additional questions.

  • Spring Semester: January 2, 2020 - May 15, 2020
  • Winter Session: January 2, 2019 - January 23, 2020
  • Spring Session: January 27, 2020 - May 15, 2020

Current Continuous Registration Policy: Students must continuously register for 6990 / 7990 from the first registration of 6990 / 7990 through completion of the work / graduation.

Winter Session implications: Students can meet the thesis/dissertation continuous registration policy for Spring Semester by registering in either Winter Session or Spring Session.

Current Graduation Minimum Registration Policy: All students must register for at least 1 credit in the semester they graduate.

Winter Session implications: Students graduating in Spring can register Winter Session or Spring Session to meet this requirement.

Current Graduation Minimum Registration Policy Exception: All students must register for at least 1 credit in the semester they graduate except when a student completes all requirements for the degree by 5:00pm on the first day of classes for the semester they graduate. International students must contact International Programs and Partnerships for instructions on how to proceed.

Winter Session implications: Students would need to complete all requirements for the degree by 5:00pm on the first day of Winter Session. If they do not complete all requirements by 5:00pm on January 2, 2020, they must register for at least 1 credit in Winter Session or Spring Session.

All Graduate Assistants on 9-month academic year (AY) stipend contracts will receive continuous pay in bi-weekly disbursements through the contract term date (end of Spring Session). GAs with term only contracts (Fall only, Spring session only) will not be paid during winter break or winter session. Term only contract periods do not include winter break or winter session. For confirmation of your contract beginning and ending dates, view your contract using these instructions.

Graduate Assistants who work during Winter Session will receive a separate contract to sign for Winter Session that will be paid following the disbursement dates on the 2019-2020 pay schedule for Graduate Assistants.  If your supervisor indicates an expectation you will work over Winter Session and you have not signed a specific contract, contact your program coordinator.

AY contract payments will resume with the Spring Session and be pro-rated to include AY pay interruptions from the Winter Session contract.  Spring Session and Spring only contracts begin on Monday, January 27, 2020.

Students looking for graduate assistantships for Winter Session, please visit the Graduate College's Available Graduate Assistantships page


How to Recognize Student Distress 
Tuesday, January 7, 2020   1 PM - 3 PM
Location Olscamp 107/Online

Registration Closed

Session Description:  This session will focus on strategies to assist in managing disruptive and distressed student behavior. In addition to the use of case studies, campus resources and the referral process will be reviewed. Time will be allotted for participants to talk through challenging situations, as well as offer their insight on concerning student behavior they have encountered in and out of the classroom. 

Dissertation Boot Camp
Thursday, January 16, 2020 & Friday, January 17, 2020
9 AM - 5 PM
The Learning Commons
Fee:  $20

Registration has closed.

Session Description: The Graduate College and the Learning Common aim to provide you with a quiet space so you can remain focused on your writing as well as the opportunity to network with peers in similar phases of writing.  Also, you will have access to writing experts to assist you in crafting your work, resources to assist with your technical questions regarding your research as well as goal setting support.  Moreover, we’ll feed you and keep you caffeinated throughout the Boot Camp!

Three Identical Strangers Screening/Discussion with Dr. Montana Miller
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
6 PM - 8:30 PM
Olscamp 220

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Session Description:  Using archival footage, home movies, and interviews, Three Identical Strangers traces the trajectory of the triplets' story from their happy reunion after nineteen years, to the darker consequences of this experiment on each of their lives. Further, this riveting film raises complex and sensitive issues about the responsibilities of research assistants who were involved in conducting the study but not in positions of power to design or critique the methods they were tasked with carrying out. What dilemmas may researchers encounter in their careers, from the student through the professional stages, that force them to balance the demands of those above them with their own ethical and moral instincts and principles? Our discussion will explore these themes and lead to deeper insight and awareness of the importance of crucial, but excruciatingly difficult, choices that researchers are sometimes faced with.  After a brief introduction at 6 pm, we will view the 96-minute film, and then discuss for about an hour. 

Students are encouraged to continue to work on their thesis and dissertation projects through the Winter Session (see policy implications above). Speak with your advisor or Graduate Program Coordinator about specific expectations.

ETD (Electronic Thesis and Dissertation) assistance will be available during the Winter Session on a limited schedule.

Please note that Jerome Library will have limited hours during Winter Session. Check the library website for specific hours.

Other campus resources will have limited hours and availability during Winter Session. Be sure to check individual offices and departments for information.  

Winter Session Courses

Registration and Records Winter Session Information

Dining locations and hours

Please do not hesitate to contact the Graduate College with any questions regarding Winter Session at