New Student Orientation

    The Graduate College invites you to review the information below to ensure you have a smooth transition to graduate study at IIT. Please note the following information is an overview of initial processes and procedures of which you should be aware. The Graduate Bulletin is the source of all graduate policies that will be followed and enforced during your course of study.

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    Graduate Policies/Graduate Bulletin
    Advising
    Prerequisites and Registration Information
    Program of Study and Changes to Program of Study
    Graduate Forms
    Cumulative Grade Point Average/Probation
    Credit Hour Requirements
    Major or Degree Changes
    Online and Distance Learning Students

    Graduate Policies/Graduate Bulletin
    Each academic department has policies and procedures that are specific to your graduate program. Be certain to review these in the Graduate Bulletin.

    During your course of study visit the Graduate College Web Site regularly for the most current information, changes to procedures, and updates to the Graduate Bulletin.

    All graduate students are expected to adhere to the standards, policies and procedures of the Graduate College. Students must submit a Graduate Student Petition (Form G701) to request individualized consideration of a special need.

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    Advising
    A temporary adviser is listed in your admissions letter. You may be assigned or choose to select a different adviser through your academic department.

    Your adviser's approval is required on most forms and requests. You should consult with your adviser on a regular basis.

    Most departments have an electronic advising hold, which must be cleared by your adviser prior to registration. The hold is automatically restored within 24-48 hours of advisement. Each time you need to make registration changes, contact your academic adviser for approval first. Adviser telephone numbers and email addresses can be located in the phone book.

    The adviser's signature or electronic approval for registration is required to enroll in courses numbered 591, 594, 597, or 691.

    If a new adviser is assigned after the 401 Form is submitted. An online Change of Adviser Form must be filed.

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    Prerequisites and Registration Information
    Prerequisite courses listed in your admissions letter must be included in your registration each semester until all requirements have been completed. (Example, CS 401/402 or ENGL 051/052/053).

    The office of Academic Affairs monitors and restores holds for missing documents or prerequisites. You may also need to contact this office for clearance to make certain registration changes.

    The Associate Dean of Academic Affairs signature is required for any registration or changes between the first and second week of classes. Registration changes will not be approved after this period. Note: Accelerated course regular registration is open until the day prior to the course start.

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    Program of Study and Changes to Program of Study
    The 401 Program of Study Form must be filed by the time a degree seeking graduate student has completed or enrolled for 9 hours of study.

    The 406 Change of Program of Study Form must be completed whenever the student and adviser agree to change courses in the student's program of study.

    Submissions of the 401 and 406 Forms are received and reviewed by the adviser, department chair, and graduate dean. An email notification is sent to the student once the form is approved, rejected, or requires revision.

    If a new adviser is assigned after the 401 Form is submitted. An online Change of Adviser Form must be filed.

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    Graduate Forms
    Most graduate forms are currently available on the web, under the Office of Academic Affairs, in PDF format or for online submission. Adobe Acrobat Reader must be loaded on your computer to access the PDF  forms.

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    Cumulative Grade Point Average/Probation
    A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 must be maintained during your course of study. A probation letter will be sent at the end of the semester if your GPA falls below 3.0. A contract must be signed with the office of Academic Affairs that will allow a grace period of 2 semesters to achieve the required 3.0 GPA. Up to 2 courses during the course of study may be repeated to improve the GPA. The Course Repeat Form must be completed and signed by the academic adviser and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs prior to the start of the course. Adobe Acrobat Reader must be loaded on your computer to access this form.

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    Credit Hour Requirements
    Professional Master's programs require a minimum of 30 semester credit hours. Master of Science programs require a minimum of 32 semester credit hours. Certain Master of Science programs will require a thesis, while others may offer other options. Please check with your academic adviser.

    Ph.D. programs require 84-116 semester credit hours. Contact your academic adviser or review the major section of the Graduate Bulletin.

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    Major or Degree Changes
    Changes to the major within the same academic department require a 401 Program of Study Form for the new major/degree. Changes to the major/degree in a different academic department require a new admissions application.

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    Online and Distance Learning Students
    Online and distance learning students are expected to follow the same policies and procedures as on-campus graduate students. There are resources available to insure the course of study at a distance is comparable to the on-campus experience. Visit http://iit.edu/iit_online/ for information about distance learning services and support.

    Answers to questions regarding online or distance learning can be found at http://iit.edu/iit_online/faq.shtml or addressed to the following offices:


    Contact the office of Academic Affairs with questions regarding policies or procedures of the Graduate College at gradcoll@iit.edu or  312.567.3024.

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