Academic Procedures


    What academic policies should I be aware of as a graduate student at IIT?
    Academic policies are published in the Graduate Bulletin and in the IIT student handbook. It is the responsibility of all graduate students to make sure that all degree requirements set forth by the Graduate College and by their academic department are satisfied. The Graduate College provides guidance and information to students to assist them in complying with course of study requirements. However, the final responsibility to comply with academic regulations and to be familiar with the information contained in the graduate bulletin rests with the student.

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    How long do I have to finish a degree program?
    Master's degree students must complete graduate degree programs within the twelve semesters immediately preceding graduation; Ph.D. students must complete their degrees within 12 semesters of the approval of a program of study. Please see the front section of the Graduate Bulletin for additional details.

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    Will you accept transfer credit?
    For graduate programs, IIT will accept up to nine credit hours of approved coursework completed at another university, provided that the courses were not applied toward a degree. However, for persons holding a master's degree who are entering a Ph.D. program, the master's degree (up to 32 credit hours) may be credited toward the total credit hours required for the Ph.D.

    Ph.D. candidates transferring from another institution without completing a Ph.D. program at the other institution may transfer up to 48 hours.

    Please see the Graduate Bulletin section on Transfer of Credit for details.

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    Does IIT grant credit for work experience?
    IIT does not grant academic credit based on work experience. However, some departments may consider work experience in determining whether the applicant has sufficient knowledge to be considered as a candidate for admission without additional course prerequisites. IIT does provide an option for gaining credit by exam. The rules and procedures for this option are outlined in the section of the Graduate Bulletin on academic policies.

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    How do I find out what courses I must take to complete my program?
    For the most up-to-date information, consult your academic advisor. Visit the Graduate Bulletin for complete graduate program descriptions, and be sure to note any updates.

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    Who is my advisor?
    For non-degree or certificate students, there is no assigned advisor. You may contact the department of your program to ask academic questions. For degree-seeking students, your advisor's name is typed at the bottom of your admission letter. Please contact your advisor with any academic questions.

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    If I can't contact my advisor, what can I do?
    Contact the academic department to which you have been admitted. Consult the IIT Directory to obtain contact information for your department.

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    Can I change or request an advisor?
    Yes. Simply fill out the change of advisor form.

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    How long does it take to complete a certificate program?
    This depends entirely on the particular program, the availability of courses and the number of credit hours the student enrolls in each semester. Typically, graduate certificate programs require 9-12 credit hours to complete, and are often completed in 1-2 semesters.

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    How long does it take to complete a masters program?
    This depends entirely on the particular program, the availability of courses and the number of credit hours the student enrolls in each semester. Most professional master's degree programs at IIT require 30-32 credit hours. Master's degree programs must be completed within the 12 semesters immediately preceding graduation. Students typically completed their program in 2-3 years.

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    How long does it take to complete a Ph.D. program?
    This depends entirely on the individual student's particular program of study and the pace of progress of their research, as well as the availability of courses, the number of credit hours the student enrolls in each semester. Most Ph.D. programs at IIT require a minimum of a total of 84 credit hours of combined study and research. Ph.D. programs must be completed within 12 semesters after approval of the program of study. Students who need an extension of time to complete their program must submit a petition for extension and outdated courses must be revalidated. The petition must include a detailed plan for completion of the degree and be endorsed by the academic adviser and the academic unit head.

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    How do I fill out a program of study?
    Complete the online Program of Study Form (401). 401 forms must be signed by your advisor, department head and the graduate dean, and filed with the office of policies and records in the Office of Academic Affairs, room 110 of the Main Building, Main Campus.

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    How do I change a program of study?
    Changes in programs of study must be approved by your advisor and department chair, and signed by the graduate Dean. Complete the online Change in Program of Study Form (406).

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    How do I change programs?
    Changes to a program that require a new admission application include: master's (MAS) to master's with a change of discipline, master's to master of science (MS), master's to PhD, master of science to master of science with a change of discipline, master of science to PhD, and PhD to PhD with a change of discipline.

    Changes within the same degree level and the same academic unit can be submitted through the change of program of study process. A regular student planning to transfer from one degree program to another should discuss the matter with academic advisors in both programs.

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    How do I officially withdraw from a program?
    Students must complete a University Withdrawal or Leave of Absence Form online. This must be approved by the academic advisor, academic unit head and the graduate Dean, and filed with the student services center. International students wishing to withdraw must also contact the International Student Center.

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    Where do I obtain Graduate College forms?
    Forms are available online or from the Office of Academic Affairs, 10 W. 35th St., Suite 7D7-1, Main Campus.

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