Can you help me with the automatic enrollment for the research course?

Date: April 2017


Hi Deans,

I am an Employee Degree Program (EDP) participant enrolled in a social sciences M.S. program. I have been chasing this issue down on my end, but my research has led me to the grad school at-large.

Per the 1/17/17 email from the Graduate School, I should have been automatically enrolled in a thesis research course.

I tried to track this down through my college registrar’s office, but received word that this enrollment can only be managed by the Graduate School. In looking at my records, I wasn’t enrolled in the research course for the Fall semester either (my first matriculated semester).

I am hoping that you can point me in the right direction to a person or office that I can reach out to in order to resolve this issue. Thank you in advance for your time and assistance.


EDP Student


Dear EDP Student,

Thank you for your Ask a Dean question. 

Students who are formally pursuing a graduate degree through Cornell’s Employee Degree Program sometimes have special situations for which the typical procedures for other graduate students may not apply. The Registrar should be able to help you navigate the appropriate next steps. 

I’ll ask the Registrar to let me know when your situation is resolved. I’m sorry you’ve run into some confusion. Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any remaining concerns. 

Warm regards,


Barbara A. Knuth
Senior Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School