Date & time
The official start of the school year, welcome week and orientation activities at the Ford School give new master's students the opportunity to meet and engage with peers, faculty, and staff, and begin the process of preparing for the academic year.
Below is a schedule overview of master's orientation. Items marked with an asterisk (*) are required for all incoming master's students, and we encourage you to attend other recommended programming offered throughout the week. Please refer to information provided over email for more details.
Monday, August 23Time Session Location 10:00am-12:00pm Statistics review session Betty Ford 12:00pm-1:00pm International student welcome Betty Ford 1:00pm-3:00pm Campus and community tour/scavenger hunt Tent
Tuesday, August 24Time Session Location 9:00am-9:15am Check-in and breakfast (required) Great Hall 9:15am-9:45am Dean Barr’s virtual welcome address (required) Annenberg 9:45am-10:45am Academics at the Ford School (required) Annenberg 10:45am-11:00am Introduction to Student & Academic Services team (required) Annenberg 11:00am-12:00pm Faculty panel (required) Annenberg 12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch with Ford faculty (required) Various 1:00pm-4:30pm Student Affairs Committee social event - Community service projects Various 5:00pm-8:00pm Student Affairs Committee social event - Master's student BBQ Allmendinger Park
Wednesday, August 25Time Session Location 9:00am-11:00am Statistics waiver exam Betty Ford 11:10am-12:10pm Introduction to Graduate Career Services (required) Annenberg 12:10pm-1:10pm Lunch Various 1:30pm-4:40pm Information loop (required): Headshots, info fair, Grad Career Services, fellowships and funding, and advising and registration Various
Thursday, August 26Time Session Location 9:00am-11:00am Microeconomics waiver exam Remote 9:30am-10:45am Leadership Seminar (required for/limited to MPAs) Annenberg 11:15am-12:30pm Leadership Seminar (required for/limited to MPPs) Annenberg 12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch break with continuing Fordies Your choice! 1:30pm-3:00pm Diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Ford School (required) Annenberg 3:00pm-5:00pm Writing seminar (required) Annenberg 5:00pm-7:30pm Student Affairs Committee social event - Trivia Weill Hall
Friday, August 27Time Session Location 9:00am-9:30am Facilities and information technology (required) Annenberg 9:30am-11:00am Student panel (required) Annenberg 1:00pm- 4:00pm Rackham fall welcome and information fair Rackham 11:30am-12:30pm First generation college student welcome lunch TBA
Health and safety
The most current University of Michigan Health and Safety protocols will be followed. At this time, U-M requires individuals to wear face masks inside all campus buildings and will be expected to complete their ResponsiBLUE survey prior to entering Weill Hall, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. Please see the U-M Campus Maize and Blueprint for all current public health guidance, policy, and answers to frequently asked questions.