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Braniff Student Resources

Valuable tools that any successful student can use

As of student in the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts you can depend on being connected with bright and ambitious students, resourceful and acclaimed faculty and a helpful and knowledgeable staff. While you're here, we encourage you to engage with your professors, classmates and the services of the school. Feel free to browse this site as there are many people and places right here on campus that will enhance your learning experience. 

Academic Calendar

Find out precisely when classes begin by accessing the university's academic calendar, updated each academic year.

Typically, classes begin at the following times throughout the year: 

  • Fall semester: late-August
  • Interterm: Christmas break
  • Spring semester: mid-January
  • Mayterm: mid-May
  • Summer I: early-June
  • Summer II: mid-July

Advising & Graduate Director Information

Each program is assigned a graduate director for advising.

Before you are able to register for courses, you will need to have your graduate director approve your course listing.

1. Complete and submit the "Braniff Graduate School Advising Form” located at the Registrar's Student Forms webpage at: (There is a place on the form for comments if needed.) Based on the program entered, the form will automatically be routed via email to the appropriate Graduate Director/Advisor. *If you have enrolled as a Non-Degree Seeking student or Humanities student with the intention of eventually applying to another program, please indicate this on the Braniff School Advising Form in the "Optional Comments" section.

2a. If the form is approved, your advisor will forward the form via email to (You will be copied on this email using the email address submitted on the form.)

2b. If the form is not approved, your advisor will forward the form via email to your email address with advice about what to change. If this happens, you will need to reply to the email with agreement or communication regarding the requested change. Once this is finalized and agreed to by both you and the advisor via email, the advisor will forward the form and communication regarding the approval to

3. Once the Registrar's Office has received the approved form, the holds on your registration will be removed and confirmation sent via email.

4. Proceed with online registration for courses.

Please note: for those courses that are registered for by paper only, i.e., Thesis/Doctoral Research and Directed Readings, the printed email of the form approved by your advisor can be attached to the registration form and substitute for the Graduate Director’s signature.

Banner Web

"Banner Web" is the online portal through which University of Dallas students register for classes and update their personal information (like mailing address).

Banner Web Login Instructions:

  • Go to  Place the cursor over "Menu" in the upper right corner, select "My UD," select “Banner Web,” and click on “Register for courses, update your personal information.” Or, click here.
  • Enter your user ID, which is your 9-digitUD ID number which was sent to you in a separate email.  Your initial pin is your birth date in numerical form, i.e. "mmddyy." Example: Jan. 5, 1997 = 010597
    • Note:  If this does not work, your birth date may not be in the computer system, so try entering your PIN as the last 6 digits of your ID.
  • You must immediately change to a new PIN, which must be 6 - 15 alphabetic and numeric characters (no special characters).  To do so, re-enter your birth date and then enter the new PIN twice, as prompted. Remember this PIN for subsequent logins.
  • Enter a security question and answer. The question and answer have no relationship to the PIN.  If you forget your PIN, the system will use the security question to allow you to enter a new PIN.
  • For subsequent logins, the User ID is your UD ID number and the PIN is the newly created PIN.
  • If you don’t remember your PIN, enter your 9-digit ID as above, leave the PIN blank, and then click the "Forgot PIN" button.  The system will ask you your security question.  When you have answered it correctly, it will prompt you to create a new PIN, which must be 6 - 15 alphabetic and numeric characters (no special characters).
    • Note: You are allowed only a certain number of attempts before the system disables your login, so don’t “guess” your PIN more than 4 times before using the “Forgot PIN” button.  Otherwise, you will be locked out!

Cyber Security Note: Do not give other people your PIN.  By using your Banner Web account, you accept responsibility for financial and academic consequences.  The system records the actions you have taken via the web. If you give out your PIN, you are also accepting responsibility for whatever the other person does to your account!  It is important to EXIT the BROWSER (not just exit Banner Web) when you are finished. Otherwise, another user can simply use the browser back-arrow to enter your record without having to log in.

Braniff Graduate Student Association

Braniff graduate students are encouraged to participate in "BGSA," the Braniff Graduate Student Association. Find out more about BGSA.


Search for and purchase your textbooks at the University of Dallas Bookstore.


The "University Bulletin" is the official resource for UD information (program requirements, course descriptions, general school info, etc.). Access your online copy. A hard copy can also be obtained from the Braniff Graduate Office, located in the Braniff Graduate Building, 1st floor.

Campus Map

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to students who are degree-seeking, taking 6 credit hours or more and who do not have discounted tuition. Visit the financial aid webpage to find out more.

Graduation Info

Braniff students may graduate during the terms of Spring (May), Summer (August 31), and Fall (December 31).  The May graduation date varies from year to year but is mid-month and is based on the scheduled commencement ceremony date. There is no commencement ceremony in August and December, but those graduates are invited to participate in the following May ceremony.

  • The Degree Application Form is required for graduation. The completed form should be approved and signed by your graduate director and then submitted to the Braniff Graduate Office. The deadline to submit the Degree Application Form is generally within the first 4 weeks of the semester. (If you are unable to graduate during the chosen term, you will need to submit a new Degree Application form during the term that you will be graduating.) Deadlines to submit the Degree Application form for the 2019-2020 academic year are
    • Summer/August 31: July 15
    • Fall/December 31: September 26
    • Spring/May 17: February 14
  • When graduating, you must be an active student and taking a course during the term in which you wish to graduate. An active student is a student who has taken a course within the last year. If you have finished coursework, but you are not an active student, you will need to submit the Registrar's Quick Readmit form to the Registrar's Office before registering. All active students who are not registered for a course during their graduation term must do the following:
    • Register for a graduate or doctoral readings course during the registration period using the registration form. The Registration Form should be signed by both the Graduate Director and Braniff Graduate Dean and then submitted to the Registrar's Office. (Currently, registration for readings courses cannot be done online.)
  • Completion of graduation requirements: All requirements must be completed in a timely manner before the last day of finals. This includes all required course work, language requirements, comprehensive exams, theses, and dissertations. (*N.B., some requirements may be due earlier in order to give the instructor adequate time for grading.)
  • Deadline for MA Thesis: Your first reader for the Master's thesis must submit the grade change form by the deadlines listed below. Before the grade change form is submitted, you will need to have your thesis approved by your readers, have each title page signed by your readers, and submit the thesis paper copies to Braniff Office for binding. Deadlines for the grade change form to be submitted for the 2019-2020 academic year are
    • Summer/August 31: August 17
    • Fall/December 31: December 8
    • Spring/May 17: May 14
  • Incompletes: Your final transcript cannot list a course with an "I" for the grade, since all work must be completed before graduation. A final grade needs to be posted on the transcript, e.g., "I/A", "I/B" (grade added once work is completed) or "I/P" (permanent incomplete with work not completed).
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0. (Courses with a grade lower than "C" will not count toward program requirements but will count towards the GPA. Exception: a minimum grade of "B" is needed for language fulfillment courses.)
  • 4+1 Students: If you were a 4+1 student and are now graduating from Braniff, please request your graduate director to send an email listing the graduate courses you took as an undergraduate that should be transferred to your graduate record. Your graduate director should send this email to the registrar's office at and copy
  • Graduation fee: $85.00 will be added to your student account and is due by graduation. If you are unable to graduate during the term chosen on your Degree Application form, you will need to submit a new form during the term of graduation. (The fee for an additional Degree Application is $60.00 since the original diploma has to be destroyed and reordered.)
  • Name Pronunciation: In order to ensure that your name will be pronounced correctly at commencement, please go to the Registrar's Office to record your name. (Located in Cardinal Farrell Hall, 1st floor.)
  • Regalia for Master's Degree:
    • UD personalized master's regalia is now available to purchase. (Please be aware that rental regalia is no longer available.)
    • Cap, gown, and tassel is $25.95 and needs to be ordered online at the Herff Jones website:
    • Deadline to order regalia is April 15.
    • The hood will be provided by UD and distributed upon check-in at the commencement ceremony.
    • Please contact the Registrar's Office for more information: 972-721-5221 or
  • Regalia for Doctoral Degree: Contact the Braniff Graduate Office for more information:, 972-721-5106.
  • Announcements: Can be ordered online at the Herff Jones website:
  • The May 2020 Commencement Ceremony has been canceled. Infomation on the rescheduled commencement is forthcoming.

Library Resources

Meningitis Vaccine Policy

Students under the age of 22 must also provide proof of immunization from meningitis prior to enrolling for the first time at the university. 

Parking Permit

A parking permit is required for parking at the University of Dallas. You can obtain your parking permit from the University of Dallas Police Department.  

Parking Permit Instructions


Registration Instructions: 

  • An approved advising form must be submitted and approved by the Graduate Director/Advisor before you can register. (For more information, please go to the "Advising" section on this webpage.)
  • Course Schedule: The current schedule of courses for Braniff Graduate School (including the Humanities courses) is updated periodically by the Registrar's Office.
  • Registration dates: For Fall 2020 registration, advising and online early registration for continuing students is April 14 - May 15. Fall registration for new and continuing students will open again August 3.
  • Late fees: A late fee of $100 is added when registering too close to the beginning of classes. See the Office of the Registrar for more information.
  • Registration process: Registration is done online through Banner Web. Please review the drop-down menu on "Banner Web" listed above, to learn more about this system.
  • Part-time status: you must be enrolled in at least six credit hours (or two courses) to be eligible for financial aid.
  • First-time registration for courses: Please choose at least two courses from your program, in consultation with your graduate director.
  • Inactive students:  An inactive student is a student who has not taken a course within the last year. If it has been more than a year since your last course, you will need to do one of the following before you can register for a new course.
    • If you have not finished coursework:
    • If you have finished coursework but need to register for graduate/doctoral readings:
  • Humanities students: Access the humanities course listing for courses pertaining to the Humanities Program. 
  • Non-degree seeking students: The above information on choosing two courses from a course listing does not apply to you.


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Student Email Login

Braniff graduate students receive a UD email address, sent in a separate email when they accept their offer of admission. Your username is your 1st initial followed by your last name, and your password is initially your entire UD ID number (also sent via a separate email). You may log in to your email account via check this email regularly, since all correspondence from UD will be sent to this email address.

Student Handbook

Student ID Card

All students are required to have an ID card available upon request. Student ID cards are obtained from the University of Dallas Police Department, located on the first floor of Haggar University Center. You will need to show a driver’s license or passport. There will be a computer kiosk located nearby, where you can pull up your course schedule, or you can bring a print-out downloaded from Banner Web. This course schedule lists your UD ID#. The ID card is also required for library use.

Tuition Payment

Immediately after registering for classes, please contact Student Account Services to set up payment. Student Account Services phone: 972-721-5144.

UD Calendar

We invite you to engage in life beyond the classroom. You can find a full listing of events and activities on the university calendar

Writing Lab

The Writing Lab is located in Braniff 304 and offers individual 30-minute tutoring sessions for UD students working on essays, regardless of the subject or the student's writing abilities.


Professors Awarded NEH Grant to Support Writing Programs

Chair and Assistant Professor of English Debra Romanick Baldwin, Ph.D., and Professor of Physics and recent Interim Dean of Constantin College Sally Hicks, Ph.D., have secured a $299,078 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support writing instruction at UD for the fall 2020 semester.

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