Grad Tools is Going Away

New Rackham Doctoral Requirement Tools will be available Fall 2016.

Because use of Grad Tools has decreased significantly over the last several years, we are phasing the system out. New tools focusing on students’ completion of Rackham Doctoral Requirements will be available in Fall 2016. You should contact your department for more details on tracking departmental specific requirements.

Existing Grad Tools sites will remain available until a timeline for when CTools will be decommissioned is determined.

Grad Tools

Grad Tools

Grad Tools provides tools to help you as you work toward your Rackham doctoral degree.

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Dissertation Checklist Resources

Dissertation Checklist

Keep track of your progress.


Store important documents and share them with others.

Discussion Schedule


Keep your communication centralized.


Track deadlines and important dates.

Dissertation Checklist

Grad Tools Dissertation Checklist

The Dissertation Checklist begins with required and recommended steps from Rackham Graduate School. It may also include steps added by your department, you or your committee members.

Getting Started

Rackham Doctoral Students

Get started today. To initialize your Grad Tools site follow the instructions on the Grad Tools Informational Flyer. If you need help creating your Grad Tools site visit the Student Grad Tools Help Guide for instructions.

Faculty & Staff

University of Michigan staff can access their department Grad Tools site from this page. Log in using your U-M uniqname and Kerberos password. If a Grad Tools tab does not appear at the top of your screen, please e-mail or see the Department Grad Tools Help Guide for more information.

Use Grad Tools at Your Institution

Other institutions interested in using Grad Tools can review the demonstration movie, poster, and other the materials on this site for more information. If you would like to discuss using Grad Tools on your campus, contact us at

Grad Tools was developed by a team from the University of Michigan, Rackham Graduate School and CTools, and its source code is distributed under the Sakai Project and the Educational Community license. Development is ongoing within the Sakai community. Online discussions of the project are hosted in Confluence under Sakai Discussion Group: Grad Tools. A free Confluence account is required to post messages to the discussion.