Winter Session Information for Graduate Students

How will Winter Session Affect Graduate Students?

The 2019 Winter Session will be the first winter session for BGSU. This session may have an effect on your graduate student experience and some policies. 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, 2019 - May 18, 2019
  • Winter Session: January 2, 2019 - January 23, 2019
  • Spring Session: January 28, 2019 - May 18, 2019

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.

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, 2019, 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 contuous 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 2018-2019 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 28, 2019.

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

The Graduate College is sponsoring several professional development opportunities during Winter Session. Please click for more information and how to register. 

January 9, 2019: How to Recognize Student Distress with Jodi Webb
January 17 and 18, 2019: Dissertation Boot Camp with The Learning Commons
January 22, 2019: Post-graduate School Careers with the Career Center

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: Tuesdays and Thursdays, Noon to 5 p.m. Contact with questions.

Please note that Jerome Library will have limited hours during Winter Session: Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday - Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The special collections hours will also be limited. 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