New Student Orientation

Welcome to the Program!
This page is intended to be an orientation for new students, with important information on how to get started in the ISS program. 

Congratulations on your admissions to the ISS program!  

On this page you will find important information on how to get started in the ISS program. In addition to reading the information provided here, please also review the email from the Graduate College informing you of your admission. 

We look forward to having you in class and to count you among our accomplished student body!


Once admitted to the university, you are able to create your UA NetID. Please do this right away! Your NetID and password grants you access to many resources, including your official UA email account, UAccess, D2L, the UA Library, and others. It is critical that you  keep track of your NetID and password! The admission's email from the Grad College has additional information on how to create a NetID. You must first "Accept your Admission." This will provide you with a PIN that, along with your Student Identification Number, you will use to create your NetID and password. 

Services that you access with your NetID:

  • Catmail: This is the email system for all UA students. Your new email address will be Please note that certain offices on campus will only email to your official UA email, including the Grad College. Available at:
  • UAccess: UAccess is the password-protected service used by the University of Arizona that allows you to manage your personal information, view grades, request transcripts, and more online. Available at:
  • D2L: All of our course sites are on D2L. At the beginning of each session you will gain access to your D2L course pages. Available at:
  • UA Library: You have access to a wide array of resources through the UA Library.  Available at:

Accept Your Admission

In order to create your UA NetID, you must follow these steps to "Accept your Admission."  
  • Login to with the credentials you used to create your account.
  • Under "My Active Applications" choose your application to this program to view your "Status."
  • The Status information page includes two boxes. Choose the appropriate box: "I accept admission and intend to enroll" or "I decline this offer of admission"

Viewing the Schedule of Classes 

The easiest way to view the schedule of ISS courses is to use the ISS website.  This lists all current and upcoming ISS classes in one place.

Registering for Classes

You can register for classes through  UAccess. Login to UAccess and click "Search for Classes." From there you will have the option to add courses to your cart and register for them. Please note that you can only register during an open registration window. You can find your enrollment dates on your homepage of UAccess. 

Please note that graduate students are required to register for 500-level courses and above in order to receive graduate credit.  If you have been admitted to a graduate degree program you must be officially registered every major academic semester (summers not mandatory) until degree completion, in order to meet continuing registration requirements.  Failure to register every major academic semester will require a new application for admission to the Graduate College.  During the fall and spring semesters, you are required to enroll for a minimum of three units of graduate credit.  Nine units are considered full time by the Graduate College and the ISS program. 

Accessing Your ISS Courses

All ISS courses have course sites on D2L. You will log into D2L using your NetID and password. There are two ways to access your course sites: go to, or login to UAccess, find the courses you registered for, and click on the D2L icon next to the course. Course sites will become available the week before your class begins. 

Tuition Payments

All tuition payments are handled by the Bursar's Office. You can see your balance and may payments through UAccess. For more on payment options, see the Bursar's Office.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time! We are happy to answer all questions or direct you to the correct person. Below please find a list of ISS staff, with information on who to contact for different types of questions. 

Professor Paulette Kurzer, Director of the ISS Program: Contact Prof. Kurzer with broader questions pertaining to the MA degree and program

Dr. Kirssa Ryckman, Assistant Director and Academic Adviser: Contact Dr. Ryckman with any academically-related questions, including which classes to register for, scheduling, taking independent studies or internships, or questions relating to the capstone

Ms. Alma Urbina, Administrative Coordinator: Contact Ms. Urbina with administratively-related questions, including completing forms or paperwork (leave of absence, transfer credits, etc.), registration, resumes/transcripts, or steps to finish your degree