Declarations, Forms & Waivers

The iSchool provides flexible academic programs that may be changed or altered to accommodate students' needs by using the following file documentation. Click on the headings below for available request forms and waivers.

+ Declaring/Changing Specialization

All MLIS and MIM students are required to choose a specialization by the end of their first semester in the program. Although specializations do not appear on your diploma or transcript, students are encouraged to include specializations on a resume/CV to emphasize their area(s) of expertise.

MLIS

MIM

+ Waiving or Postponing Courses

Waiving Core Courses

If you have professional or academic experience that provides a comparable and systemic coverage of the skills, knowledge, and issues covered in a required course, you may be able to waive the course. Complete the waiver form, including appropriate documentation and a written statement. Please allow 1-2 weeks to be notified of the program’s decision.

Postponing A Core Course

Each graduate program has timeline requirements for core courses. After speaking with your advisor, If it is not possible for you to finish the core course in the appropriate amount of time, you must complete a form.

MIM - Request to Postpone A Core Course

MLIS - Request to Postpone A Core Course

Please submit your completed form to ischooladvisors@umd.edu.

Waiving Field Study/Internship

MLIS

Students may request a waiver of LBSC703 or LBSC707 if the student has a minimum of two years of continuous relevant professional experience. (Please note that School Library students may not seek a waiver of LBSC744 (Internship in School Library), as that is required for certification.)

Even though there is a waiver process, students are strongly encouraged to complete the field study for the hands-on experience and the ability to build a professional network.

MIM

As of Fall 2015, the MIM internship consists of two mandatory courses, INFM736 and INFM737. No exceptions made.

HCIM

Students may request a waiver of INST717 if the student has a minimum of two years of continuous relevant professional experience. Waiver requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

+ Independent Study

Students who want to research a topic or pursue a subject more in depth than is covered by coursework may register for up to nine credits of an Independent Study. This type of coursework does not substitute field study and/or internship requirements. After finding a faculty member willing to serve as the supervisor, submit a Independent Study, Thesis, and Doctoral Course Instructor's Approval Form.

+ Transferring Credits

If you wish to transfer credits from another institution, or include credits from a different campus department, schedule a meeting with your advisor. Please note that any courses that were applied to the completion of another graduate degree are not eligible for transfer. All forms must be submitted to your advisor at ischooladvisors@umd.edu.

Non-Degree Seeking Student (formerly Advanced Special Student)

Students may request to include up to twelve credits taken as a Non-Degree Seeking Students. The credits must be less than five years at the time of request, and the student must have earned a grade of a B or higher.

+ Leave of Absence

University of Maryland policy dictates that graduate students have five academic years to complete their program of study. In the event of childbearing, adoption, illness, or dependent care, students should complete the Leave of Absence Form to ischooladvisors@umd.edu, and it will be sent to the Graduate School for review. A leave of absence stops the five-year degree clock.

Master’s and Pre-Candidacy doctoral students who plan to be away from the University and do not plan to graduate must submit a Request for Waiver of Continuous Registration to ischooladvisors@umd.edu. A waiver of continuous registration does not stop the five-year degree clock.

+ Taking iSchool Courses

UMD Students Request to take iSchool Courses

Graduate students outside of the iSchool may request to take an iSchool course by submitting a Registration Request for iSchool Courses Form.

Undergraduate students that are not in the InfoSci major need to submit a Request to Enroll in an Undergraduate INST Course Form.

Non-Degree Seeking Student (formerly Advanced Special Student)

Non-Degree Seeking Students may request to take an iSchool course by submitting a Non-Degree Seeking Student Course Registration Form.

+ Courses outside the iSchool

Courses from other UMD Departments

Eligible coursework must be graduate-level and relevant to your degree program. Students who wish to take a course outside of the iSchool, but within the University of Maryland, must have that course approved by their academic program in the iSchool. To submit the course for program approval, please fill out this webform. Please also note that even though the iSchool program may approve a course from another department being used toward your iSchool degree, students should request permission from that course's instructor specifically before registering for the course.

Courses from other University System of Maryland Institutions

To take courses at other universities within the University System of Maryland, submit a written petition to your advisor regarding the course’s relevance. If approved by your program, follow the procedures for inter-institutional enrollment through the Office of the Registrar. Upon completion of the course, and earning a B or higher, submit the Request for Transfer or Inclusion of Credits.

Courses outside the University System of Maryland Institutions

Students can potentially transfer up to six graduate credits from institutions outside the University System of Maryland. Submit the Request for Transfer or Inclusion of Credits form along with a written petition explaining the relevance to your degree program.

Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area

Students may take courses at other area universities at no extra cost as part of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area if the desired course is not available at the University of Maryland. More information can be found here or by contacting UMD’s Consortium Coordinator at DCConsortium@umd.edu.

+ Applying for Graduation

All students intending to graduate must apply for graduation via Testudo by the appropriate graduation deadline. School Library Candidates must submit the School Library Media State Certificate Checklist when applying for graduation. Forms should be submitted to the Director of the School Library specialization.

+ Independent Study, Thesis, and Dissertation Permissions

If you are interested in completing an independent study, registering for thesis or dissertation coursework, or any other course that requires instructor permission, please fill out the Instructor's Approval Form. Keep in mind that you will need to obtain instructor approval before completing this webform. Please check your program handbook for regulations about thesis and independent study work.

Please email all completed paperwork to ischooladvisors@umd.edu.

 


 

If you have other questions that are not answered here, please contact:

Graduate Student Services | College of Information Studies
Hornbake Building, South Wing Entrance, Rm 4120 | 4130 Campus Drive | College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-4915 | ischooladvisors@umd.edu

 

Undergraduate Student Services | College of Information Studies

 

Hornbake Library, Ground Floor | 4130 Campus Drive | College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-2038 | InfoSci@umd.edu