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

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

For payment made by check:

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:
Students using a corporate voucher should use the University's corporate voucher form to upload the corporate voucher and then register online. If a student's company requires partial student payment, they will pay during or after registering online.

Graduate Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Registration

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 institutionally 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 School dean regarding whether that degree program accepts PLA credit.