Graduate Registration Checklist

When planning for registration, be sure to review all the steps in the registration checklist below. Your program advisors are available to answer all your questions and help keep you on track. You can also download and keep the Graduate Registration Checklist by clicking here.

Don't know who your program advisor is? Visit the bottom of this page to see the program advisors assigned to specific programs and/or concentrations.

Steps to Complete

   1.Read all emails from GPH Registration–we send out important emails about registration, course changes, etc. from GPH Registration. Be sure to read them carefully!

Clear your holds: Look in the Student Center in Albert under “Check Enrollment Status” to see there are any holds. Common holds include:

  • Bursar’s hold–there is a balance on your account which you need to resolve. Questions about Bursar holds may be directed to
  • Missing credentials hold–you need to submit your final official undergraduate college e-transcript. Submit a request to your undergraduate institution to send it to and follow up with them soon after to make sure it was received.
  • Advisor hold–all MPH and MS students have this –see below for further information!
  3.Review courses: Look at your concentration or program’s landing page to see which courses you are expected to register for. You can find links to MPH concentrations here, the MS Epi landing page here, the MS Biostatistics landing page here, and the MA Bioethics landing page here. Then on the Registration & Schedules page, you can find your concentration or program's course schedule where you can see everything in one place, including course offerings, pre-requisites, etc!
  4.Use your requirements checklist to track and plan! Each MPH and MS program/ concentration has a checklist on their landing page. Download it and keep it handy to track all of your degree requirements, plan future terms, and make sure there’s nothing you missed as you move along in the program. Don’t forget about your 0-credit courses, as they are required for graduation!
  5.Meet (or Zoom!) with your program advisor to review the courses you’ve taken thus far, make sure you’re on track, and confirm what you should register for next. See this page for more information about advising or if you're unsure who your program advisor is. For students who are going part-time, be sure to consult page two of your requirements checklist and note that certain courses are not offered every semester and some have pre-requisites. MPH and MS students will not be able to register until you are cleared by your program advisor. MA students are encouraged to meet with their faculty advisor each semester, and are required to do so if registering for Bioethics Practicum, a Philosophy course, or an unapproved GPH elective.
  6.Check your Enrollment Appointment. All graduate students register on the first day of registration. The time depends on the number of credits earned. Please check your appointment on the main page when you log into Albert and it’s not there, email
  7.Course numbers vs. class numbers –know the difference! Course numbers are the prefix of a course (ex: GPH-GU 2106 is the course number for Epidemiology). Class numbers are the numbers used to enroll in a course in Albert. They are highlighted in blue on our schedules.
  8.Review how to register. Even if you are a continuing student, it’s always helpful to review how to register. Please check the "Registration Quick Links" to help you.  Each link includes a video and text below it. TIP: the easiest way to find a course on Albert is go to your concentration or program's schedule on the same page of our website, scroll to column "J" in the schedule where you will find the relevant class number (indicated in blue) and enter it into the box in Albert where it says "Enter Class nbr". Review the schedule carefully, as it has information about pre-requisites, restrictions, etc. 
  9.Validate your courses prior to registration -Albert allows you to select and add your courses to your cart prior to registration to make sure there are no conflicts or any other issues. To do so, add your courses to the cart and click “Validate/Enroll/Edit”. Then follow the rest of these instructions. NOTE: putting a course into your cart does not guarantee a spot –you must click “Finish Enrolling” to complete the registration process!
 10.Register! To avoid being closed out of a specific course or section, please register at your Enrollment Appointment or soon after (we strongly recommend registering the first day of registration). If you wait, you will risk being closed out of courses.
 11.Do you have an Enrollment Mismatch alert? After registering, an enrollment mismatch occurs when the number of credits that you are currently registered for is not equal to or greater than the number of credits that your financial aid award is based on. You can follow the instructions to clear this that are outlined on this website.

Download the Registration Checklist

Advisement for registration

All students are encouraged to meet with their faculty mentors for elective selection and career advisement, but must meet with their Program Advisor listed below for academic advisement (Bioethics students do not need to meet with their program advisor). All Program Advisors can assist with making sure you are on track, course sequencing, degree requirements, and clearing you to register. Bioethics students also meet with their faculty mentor but do not require clearance for registration. Not sure who your Program Advisor is? Please refer to this page for further information.