September 22, 2009

GIS Minor Requirements

While this isn't directly MGIS related, it may be for a number of students at the Master's and PhD levels who are also taking GIS courses and would like to receive a minor. As the note from the graduate school suggests, Master's students need 9 credits and PhD students need 12 credits from the approved list of courses:

A master's minor in GIS requires 9 credits of relevant coursework, the Graduate School requires that all PhD minors require a minimum of 12 credits (see page 21 of the catalog at Students declaring a formal minor field must have a minor field examiner on their examining committee. More information on examining committee requirements can be found at In addition, please be aware that PhD minors must be declared PRIOR to taking the preliminary oral examination. If you already have a PhD Degree Program on file, you can declare a minor by simply submitting a petition form (available at The Petition should make the request to add the minor, name your minor field examiner, and list your minor field coursework (totaling a minimum of 12 credits).

April 29, 2009

MGIS Resources for Students

Greetings Students,

I wanted to point out some new advising resources available to you on the MGIS web site. In particular, I have made some additions to the Advising page: including:

* A link to a new Graduate School page on "Special Registration
Categories for Graduate School Students" that includes information
on GRAD 999 registration.
* A Fall/Spring course listing--a general guideline but pretty
accurate for 2009-2010 (under "Other Advising Materials" section)
* A DGS blog that Francis Harvey has created
* And more..... so do check it out!

Please do remember to check in with Francis and/or me if you are planning on registering for GRAD 999 in the Fall.

Also be sure to check in with your adviser regarding what you plan to register for in the Fall if you have not done so already.

You have all received your annual review evaluation letters so be sure to read through these carefully so you know when to turn in your degree program forms etc.
Those of you planning to finish your degrees by the end of this term or the summer should check in with your advisers regarding the timing of your degree completion; also be sure to check in with me as well.