Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Conditional Admission?
When a student has been accepted by the College of Graduate Studies, but
not by the Educational Leadership Department, the student has a
"Conditional Acceptance." A student may take up to nine credits before
they must be officially admitted into the Educational Leadership
Q: Are there time limitations on any degrees?
Yes, a student must graduate:
Q: Is financial assistance available for graduate students?
See the Academic Bulletin for more information on time limitations.
- within seven years prior to receiving a master's or specialist's degree and
- within eight to ten years prior to receiving a doctoral degree, depending on applicability of graduate degree when beginning the program.
Yes, the two main forms of assistance are through graduate assistantships and fellowships. For more information, visit the College of Graduate Studies website or the Office of Financial Aid for more information.
Q: What is a Graduate Assistant (GA)?
Graduate students that are assigned an assistantship are given a
full-time appointment, working 20 hours a week, or a part-time
appointment, working 10 hours a week. Job descriptions vary throughout
the departments and students may do a range of teaching, research and
administrative work. Graduate Assistants will also receive a tuition
scholarship and a stipend. See the Academic Bulletin or contact the College of Graduate Studies
for more information on graduate assistantships. GA positions are
assigned by individual departments; information about specific positions
will be available at the department.
Q: What is a fellowship?
A doctoral or graduate student may receive a fellowship. The student
will be awarded a tuition scholarship and stipend for one academic year.
For more information, visit the College of Graduate Studies website.
Q: Where can I register for classes and check my account information?
This information and any other personal information can be accessed by
logging into Centrallink using your Global ID and password. Centrallink can be found at https://centrallink.cmich.edu
Q: What is the difference between "on-campus" and "off-campus"?
Students that take classes "on-campus" attend classes on the main campus
of Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Students
that take classes "off-campus" are connected to the Global Campus
office in Mount Pleasant, Michigan but take their courses with a cohort
at a location outside of Mt. Pleasant or online.
Q: What is a cohort?
A cohort is a group of approximately 25 adult learners who begin their
program together and take classes together over five semesters. Classes
are planned in a logical and careful manner to build upon knowledge
gained in the program. The classes are delivered entirely on site or online.