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How to Register for Graduate Courses: Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Select a course. If you are an enrolled Thomas Edison State University student and need help determining whether a particular course fits your degree requirements, contact an academic advisor. If you are enrolled in another institution, check with that institution to make sure the course fits your degree requirements.
  2. Register for the courses during scheduled registration sessions. Your payment method determines how you may register. You can check your current course schedule on Online Student Service, under view current schedule. Please note that once registration for your term ends, you will no longer see your courses listed. Online Student Service only shows the current registration term.
  3. Receive a course confirmation from Thomas Edison State University by email.
  4. After receiving confirmation of course registration, order your Course Materials Package, which includes all course materials and textbooks from University Bookstore. Contact the bookstore at (800) 325-3252. Course materials and textbook costs are separate and must be paid directly to the online bookstore. Students will find the syllabus and Course Calendar online once the semester begins. Access information to courses will be emailed to students with their registration confirmation.
  5. Start your course work on the term start date as outlined in the academic calendar. Contact your mentor the first week. 

Payment Options

For payment made by credit card, military tuition assistance and Thomas Edison State University approved financial aid award letter:

  • Register online via Online Student Services
  • Complete the Graduate Registration Form and mail it to the Office of the Registrar, Attention: Course Registration. The form may be accessed at Only use this form to pay by check or money order. Please do not include credit card information with this form.

For payment made by corporate vouchers and checks:

You must fax, email or mail your completed Graduate Registration Form and Corporate Voucher Form together. Students using a corporate voucher should use our corporate voucher form to upload the corporate voucher and then register online.  If your company requires partial student payment, make sure your payment is included. Registration with payment by check must be mailed.

Graduate PLA

Students enrolled in a Thomas Edison State University graduate degree may apply to earn PLA portfolio credit for any course required by the degree. Portfolio assessment opportunities for Thomas Edison State University courses will be based on the stated learning outcomes. For other approved electives, matriculated students may present course descriptions from graduate courses offered at other regionally accredited colleges or universities as a basis for earning credit through Prior Learning Assessment subject to the dean’s approval. This policy may be limited by external accrediting bodies or by the nature of the course. Not all graduate degree programs will accept PLA credit. Please check with the college academic dean regarding whether that degree program accepts PLA credit.

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