Academic Information

UMD Directory ID and Email Account 


Creating your Directory ID and password will allow you to obtain a university email account, register for courses, and have access to various university computer applications. Please follow the below steps: 

  1. Follow the instructions on the OIT New Student page. 
  2. You will be asked for your last name (family name/surname), date of birth, and last five digits of your Social Security Number. International students will be asked for their assigned SID number instead of their Social Security Number. Your SID number can be found on your officail admissions letter. 
  3. Once you have entered the information, please follow the "activate UM accounts" link to set up your UMD email account. 
  4. If you have any technical problems setting your Directory ID and password or email account, please contact the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at 301-405-1500 or www.helpdesk.umd.edu for assistance.

Registration Process


Once you have set up your university accounts, you can register for courses via Testudo. Online registration hours are Monday through Saturday 730am-11:00pm and Sunday 530pm-11:00pm. Prior to the start of the semester, you should begin thinking about which courses you would like to take in your first semester. Please consult with your academic advisor or Technical Area Coordinator to help you choose your classes for the upcoming semester. You should also refer to the CEE Graduate Guide, which outlines course requirements for M.S. Thesis, M.S. Non-Thesis, and Ph.D. students. 

If a course requires departmental permission, please email Heather Stewart

Please note that you must register for at least one course during your first semester in the program. If you are an international studuent, you must be register in a fulltime course load to maintain your F-1 visa status. If you are unable to start taking courses during the term in which you were admitted, please email Heather Stewart to request a deferral or cancel your admission. 

Visiting www.my.umd.edu and click on the "Academics and Testudo" tab to view your schedule, check your book list, and view your student account to make tuition payment arrangements. 

Please be aware of the Registrar's deadlines for graduate students, in particular, the Schedule Adjustment period. You may be financially liable if you drop a course after the first day of classes without simultaneously adding a course of equal or greater credits hours, even if you have tuition remission. 

CEE Graduate Student Guide 


The CEE Graduate Student Guide contains all the rules and regulations about our graduate programs. You should refer to this guide whenever you have a question concerning degree requirements or departmental policies.