FAQs – Advising & Course Planning

Who’s my advisor?
Please contact Jasbir Thiara (ischooladvisors@umd.edu) for advising questions.

How do I decide what classes to take?

Talk to your Advisor
We suggest that you speak with an advisor (Jasbir Thiara) about your career goals and interests in order to help draft a course schedule that will help you best achieve your goals. Please call 301-405-9325 or email ischooladvisors@umd.edu to schedule an appointment.

Review your Specialization Requirements
Students enrolled in a specialization should consult their Specialization Checklist to ensure that they take all of the courses required to complete the program and chosen specialization.

Consult a Faculty Member
Our faculty have extensive backgrounds in many levels of information organizations and can help you decide what courses are best suited to your interests. To find out who might be a good professor to speak with check out our Faculty & Staff Directory.

Can I take online and in-person courses?
Yep! Just be aware that if you take courses both online and at College Park your fees will be assessed separately and will appear that way on your bill.

How do I register?
You register for classes using Testudo. You can find detailed instructions on registration in the 2019 How To Register Guide.

What is the refund policy if I add or drop a class?
Graduate students may obtain refunds for courses that are dropped (if dropping a course results in the overall number of registered credits ) during the first ten days of classes. Students may drop and add courses without penalty provided that the changes are made on the same day and that the total number of credits does not change. Graduate students are charged by the credit hour. A percentage charge and/or complete charge will be imposed according to the schedule below:

  • Prior to the first day of classes: 100% refund. There will be no charge for courses dropped prior to this date.
  • During the first ten days of classes: 80% refund. There will be a 20% charge imposed for courses dropped during this period.
  • Anytime after the first ten days of classes: 0% refund. There will be no refund; students incur the full charge for courses dropped during this period.

How much time should I plan on spending on course work?
This will vary greatly from student to student, but a good rule of thumb is 2-3 hours a week per credit hour. So a 3 credit course would take somewhere between 6-9 a week outside of class time.

Can I transfer credits and apply them to the program requirements?
Yes. Students may transfer up to 6 credits earned prior to enrollment from an institution other than the University of Maryland College Park. To be eligible for transfer, courses must have a grade of B or better, be graduate-level, and cannot have been applied to a previous degree. They must be less than five years old at the time of the request.

For more information about taking courses outside of the iSchool and transferring credits, please consult your advisor and visit the Declarations, Forms & Waivers page.

Is it possible to get credit for courses taken outside UMD?
Yes. While at least 24 of the 36 required credits must be LBSC, INST, or INFM courses taken in the iSchool, a student may choose to take up to 12 credit hours of coursework outside of the iSchool. Courses may be taken in other University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) departments or at other University System of Maryland (USM) institutions. Additionally, students may take courses through the 14-member Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area if there is no equivalent course offered at UMCP. No more than 6 credit hours may be transferred from an institution other than University of Maryland College Park (UMCP).

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