Graduate Student Orientations

The Graduate College hosts orientations to introduce all graduate students to MSU 's requirements, resources, and services. The sessions also offer workplace orientation for those hired as a graduate assistant (GA), research assistant (RA), or teaching assistant (TA). While the orientations are highly recommended for all graduate students, the TA orientation is required in order to be paid as a TA.

In the fall, these events are held on two separate days. In the spring, these orientations are offered in one combined day-long session.

For new graduate students

The New Graduate Student Orientation is held before each fall and spring semester. Designed for new students, this orientation focuses on introducing you to life as a new graduate student within the Graduate College, familiarizing you with all that Missouri State has to offer, and discovering the city of Springfield!

Use the links provided below to start your journey as a new graduate student:

For further questions, please contact

For new teaching assistants

Any new graduate teaching assistant (TAs) must attend the TA orientation before teaching any class. Graduate assistants (GAs) and research assistants (RAs) are also welcome to attend this orientation.

This orientation provides students with information relevant to their academic role, including:

  • Legal issues related to teaching
  • Managing conflict within the classroom 
  • Effective teaching strategies
  • Q&A Panel

Many academic departments also provide formal orientation and training sessions for their specific teaching assignments. Such departmental training is a supplement to, rather than a substitute for, this required orientation.

For new online students

Online students are most certainly welcome and highly encouraged to attend the new student orientation. For those students who are unable to attend in person and would still like to receive information, the orientation will be streaming virtually on Zoom. Contact if you are interested in joiining orientation via Zoom.


After registration, you will receive a confirmation via email as the event date approaches along with detailed agenda information the week before the event.


Fall Orientation Dates

2022 New Graduate Student Orientation
August 15, 2022
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
PSU Ballroom East

2022 New Teaching Assistant Orientation
August 16, 2022
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
PSU Ballroom East

Spring Orientation Date

New Graduate Student and New TA Joint Orientation
2023 Date TBA