The Student Services Office will alert students of registration dates and post those dates on the web. We recommend registering on or close to the first available date for registration for best schedule planning.
The basic procedures in the registration process are:
- See your advisor for approval of courses as soon as possible. Have approval for backup courses in case your first choices are full. Submit the study plan to your advisor electronically via MEGS. Your registration plan must be approved by your advisor to be eligible to register for courses. You do not need advisor approval to register for the required core courses.
- Obtain instructor approval if required. You must submit the instructor's approval, if applicable, to the iSchool advisors at email@example.com.
- While we cannot grant official permission for students to register for courses in other departments, those classes must be listed in your study plan and approved by your advisor.
- Register for your courses each semester using Testudo, UMD’s online information system.
Registering for Information Studies Courses Outside the Major
MLS students have priority to take LBSC courses and MIM students have priority to take INFM courses. However, if an MLS student is interested in taking an INFM course or a MIM student is interested in taking an LBSC course, they are welcome to do so. All INST courses are open with equal availability to all students. Please speak with your advisor to ensure there is no additional approval needed before entering a course outside of your primary department code.
Many courses require completion of one or more of the required core courses, or permission of the instructor. When registering for a course, be mindful that it might have a prerequisite and there might be further action you need to take. Look to the Schedule of Classes on Testudo for more information about whether courses have prerequisites.
Reminders and More Information
The core courses must be completed within the first 18 credits.
No student may register for more than five courses (15 credit hours) during a single semester or two courses (6 credits) in a single summer session.
For information about courses, check the College website for course descriptions. Descriptions are updated as information is received. For more in-depth information on courses, please check the link on the College site for sample course syllabi.
If you are interested in taking an Independent Study course (LBSC 709 or INFM 719), please complete and submit the LBSC 709 or INFM 719 Form for Independent Study.
If you wish to register for Consortium courses or courses at other UM System schools, you will need to submit a petition, a description of the course, and if available, the syllabus of the desired course to the Student Services Office, which will then take it to the Academic Committee for approval consideration.
The more specific requirements and procedures of the College supersede those of the University.
The University requires that a student be registered during the semester (s)he plans to graduate. If not taking classes on campus or through the Consortium, the student must register for one hour of audit credit.
Check the Schedule of Classes for deadlines and additional information.
If you have questions or concerns please contact the Student Services Office at (301) 405-2038 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Maryland Electronic Graduate System (MEGS) Course Plans
All iSchool Master’s students are expected to create a course plan in the Maryland Electronic Graduate System (MEGS) for obtaining advisor course approval. The following tutorials and slide notes will provide instructions on how to create a course plan and also on how to troubleshoot MEGS if your course plan should fail to pass through MEGS on the initial evaluation.
MEGS web site: http://apra.umd.edu
Instruction Tutorial Videos
Masters of Information Management Students (MIM):
- Creating a MEGS Course Plan:
Tutorial (Flash, 05:56 min) || Slide Notes (PDF)
- Troubleshooting MEGS:
Tutorial (Flash, 02:12 min) || Slide Notes (PDF)