All new master of geographic information science students are initially assigned the Director of Graduate Studies as their advisor. Each student can select a new advisor that best suits their interests when their Graduate Degree Plan is submitted to the College. For a listing of faculty who can serve as your advisor, see the Graduate School's Faculty with Graduation Education Responsibilities page.
MGIS Graduate Student Handbook
At the fall and spring MGIS Orientation programs, each incoming student is given a copy of the current MGIS Graduate Student Handbook. The purpose of the handbook is to provide an easily accessible guide to our program's policies and requirements. It will help you traverse your degree program smoothly, so please be sure to read through it and refer to it as necessary when particular questions arise. The Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) can also answer questions you might have about topics covered in the handbook.
In addition to our program's handbook, the University provides a number of useful resources on their Graduate and Professional Student Advising page.
Maintaining Active Student Status
It is a University requirement that you maintain active status as a graduate student by registering each fall and spring semester. You may, with DGS approval, register for GRAD 999 to maintain active status in special circumstances. This is a zero-credit, zero-fee, non-graded registration for graduate students who must register solely to maintain their active status. Special rules apply to international students and those who have graduate assistantships. You should consult with the DGS and receive program permission prior to registering for GRAD 999.
For further details on Grad 999, visit the Graduate School's Special Registration Categories for Graduate and Professional Students page. A late registration fee will be assessed if you do not register by the appropriate deadline.
If you do not register every fall and spring term, you are considered to have withdrawn and your records will be deactivated. After being deactivated you must request readmission to the Graduate School in order to resume graduate work toward your degree program. For details on readmission, visit the Graduate School's Readmission page.
Graduate Degree Plan and Degree Completion
Each student is required to submit a Graduate Degree Plan (GDP) detailing the courses that will satisfy the degree program requirements. Submitting this form is an important milestone since you cannot graduate until the form has been approved by the College of Liberal Arts Office of Research and Graduate Programs. The submission of a paper form will soon be replaced by the Graduate Planning and Audit System (GPAS) featuring electronic submission.
The Graduate Student Service and Progress (GSSP) page and the Graduation Checklist for Graduate Students are useful degree completion resources. Once your GDP has been officially approved, you can move ahead with the online Graduation Packet Request. If you need to report changes to your original approved Graduate Degree Plan, then you can do so by submitting a Petition Form to the College. If you have significant changes to your program then it may be more efficient to resubmit the GDP form. Please consult the MGIS DGS about your GDP, petition form and other degree completion procedures.