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Graduate Checklist

Welcome to Bridgewater State University! 

We are extremely excited that you’ve decided to join us and welcome you to our extraordinary graduate community. The tabs below will take you through the various steps you will need to complete in order to begin your journey as a graduate student. Please pay close attention and be sure to complete the action items in each of the steps below. If you have any questions or concerns along the way, please feel free to contact us at or 508.531.1300.

Your BEAR ID is the 8-digit number listed at the top of your acceptance letter. You will need this to access many of the items below, so be sure to have it handy. If you have lost your acceptance letter or cannot remember it, the Office of Graduate Admissions can help. Write to from the email address used to complete your Graduate Application for help with this issue.

All new students at BSU will receive an email from "BSU Accounts" with details on how to access their user account.  Your account will give you access to campus computers, your BSU email, the campus wireless network, and the student portal among other things.   If you have any questions about accessing your account or do not receive the email, please contact IT 508.531.2555 or

Office 365 provides students of Bridgewater State University with free hosted communications and collaboration services.  Although Microsoft hosts the email, BSU maintains control. Your email account is automatically created for you and you may access it by logging into the Student Portal below. 

Access the Student Portal

If you have not already done so, have all final official transcripts that show your undergraduate degree has been conferred sent to the Office of Graduate Admission. You may be able to register for courses prior to the Office of Graduate Admissions receiving all transcripts, but you will be dropped from any graduate courses prior to the start of the semester if we do not receive an updated transcript.

Please note: if your degree was conferred from Bridgewater State University, we will automatically update your record, you do not need to request additional transcripts

Course registration happens through InfoBear. The sooner you register for classes, the more options you will have in selecting courses that meet your scheduling and academic wishes. 

For guidance on course selection, please contact your advisor. Your advisor’s contact information will be sent to you via mail.

Tutorials on how to register can be viewed under Registration Tools section of the Registrar's website.  You can also view the registration schedule (when registration is open for graduate students). If you are part of an off-campus cohort, the registration process may be a little different. Email with any questions

You must complete the Student Financial Responsibility Agreement in InfoBear before you can register for any courses

Want to see what courses are available?    Search Courses


Once you are ready to register, use the link below to access InfoBear:


Access InfoBear

Graduate assistantships and fellowships are available to matriculated students in Master’s Degree and CAGS programs.  These programs offer remission for full tuition and academic fees for up to a total of 24 credit hours during the fall, spring, and summer sessions.

Graduate Funding Opportunities

All graduate students registered for 9 or more credit hours in a given semester must complete the required immunization forms on your BSU Patient Portal. Once you have a BSU email and password please use those credentials to log into the patient portal and follow the instructions for new students.
*Please note: you will not be able to access the patient portal until you register for classes

Access the BSU Patient Portal

The Connect Card is the official Bridgewater State University identification card that can be used for library privileges, building access, and as a debit card on-campus and with participating off-campus merchants. In addition, all vehicles parked in student parking lots will need a parking decal.

Connect Card

Parking Services

Graduate Orientation

You are invited to join us for our annual Graduate Student Orientation Program held in August. This will be an opportunity to socialize with other graduate students, faculty, staff, and DGCE chairs. You will learn about Bridgewater State University, the College of Graduate Studies, and university resources that are vital to your continued success as a graduate student. More information on orientation will be sent to you directly closer to the date of the event.

Complete the SPARC Course

All new students are required to complete the SPARC Course.  The Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Response Course will be available on your Blackboard dashboard. Completion of this course is required.  Instructions will be sent to your BSU email with information on how to access the course as well as deadlines to complete. 

If you have any questions about this requirement, please email the Sexual Violence Advocacy & Support Center at

Graduate Student in classroom
View this PDF for an overview of the College of Graduate Studies.
Grad students in class
View our graduate events page to RSVP to information sessions, workshops and seminars.
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Bridgewater offers competitive tuition and fees for graduate students both in and out of state.
A Studying Graduate Student
Create an account to start your application to a graduate program today!