Important Dates, Courses, and Registration 

1. Where can I find an updated list of courses, schedule and contact information?

  • The best place to locate all pertinent information regarding the MPS and GCPS GIS programs is to visit the program website at mpsgis.umd.edu

2.  How do I register for MPS courses?

  • Prior to registering each term, you will have an online advising block that will prohibit you from registering.  Complete the Online Advising form. After it is reviewed by the MPS program, your block will be lifted (estimate time: 24 hours).
  • With the UMD email account, you can go to TESTUDO at http://www.testudo.umd.edu/ to register for the courses online by yourself. Register for ALL courses by:
  1. Clicking on Registration (Drop/Add)
  2. Logging into your account
  3. Adding your desired courses
  4. Click Submit and Sign-off
  • Once you get your UMD account and register the classes, you will be automatically added to ELMS (http://elms.umd.edu). The instructors will send you the syllabus and other information before the class starts. Please note that you can attend the lectures and lab sessions either in real classroom or online. 

3.  What are the course dates, schedule adjustment periods, and withdrawal deadlines?

  • MPS courses do not meet for the standard semester or term dates. Courses with non-standard dates have different Schedule Adjustment periods and Drop with 'W' dates.
  • Non-standard course date listings and schedule adjustment periods can be found HERE
  • 12 week course Academic deadlines can be found HERE.; 
  • Schedule Adjustment information can be found HERE

4.  Where can I find an Incomplete Contract?

  • If for any reason you are unable to complete all of the material for a course by the end of the course's term, you need to discuss this with the course instructor and fill out an Incomplete Contract 
  • Send a copy of the signed contract to Kristen Bergery at kbergery [at] umd.edu

5. What is the MPS academic schedule?

  • The schedule for each term changes slightly each year but is approximated as follows. You can find the schedule for the current year here: mps gis schedule

6.  What are the registration dates for each term for MPS GIS courses?

  • The following are registration dates for each term:

Winter 2019 - October 24, 2018

Spring 2019 - November 2, 2018

Summer 2019 - February 28, 2019

Fall 2019- March 29, 2019

* Students have until the first day of classes to register without penalty after which students will be subject to the office of registrar non-standard course refund policy found on the resources page.

http://registrar.umd.edu/current/registration/non-standard.htm

7. What if I need to take a term off?

  • The Graduate School requires continuous registration.  If you need to miss a term, you must fill out a Waiver of Continuous Registration and email it to Kristen Bergery at kbergery [at] umd.edu before the start of the term.

8. What are the Graduate School policies and how can I request a modification?

  • All Graduate Schhol students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA to retain admission status
  • Some students are admitted provisionally. These students must receive a B or higher in all classes the first term or year.
  • For a request of modify policy, a Waiver of Regulation must be filled out and emailed to Kristen Bergery at kbergery [at] umd.edu
  • A complete list of the Graduation School policies can be found HERE

 

ELMS, Email, and Software 

1. Where do I go to receive my photo identification card?

  • Where to get your ID? What happens if you lose your ID? What programs and services are accessible with your ID? etc. You can find important information about students IDs here: http://registrar.umd.edu/current/Policies/id-cards.html
  • For Lefrak Hall 24/7 access please contact Liz Smith at lizsmith [at] umd.edu

2. Where can I access free software such as office tools, downloads, design and productions and more?

3. My ArcGIS license code has expired, where can I get a new one?

4. How do I log into the VMware?

  • You can find all the steps to logging into the VMware by clicking here: 

VMware Instructions for Windows
VMware Instructions for Mac

5. Who do I contact about issues relating to the GEOG servers or VMware?

  • Please contact our tech staff at geoghelp [at] umd.edu

6. Who do I contact about issues relating to ELMS, such as log-in problems?

7. How do I create and log in to my University email account?

 

Departmental and Campus Services

  1. Where can I find information about the department's Computer Lab hours and policy?
  2. Where can I find information regarding on campus parking, shuttle information, maps and visitor directions?
  3. Where can I find information about recreational services?
    • You can find out about University gym memberships. Personal training and intramural sports and other facilities here: http://recwell.umd.edu/
  4. Where can I find online resources to supplement the knowledge and skills that we learn in class?
  • All UMD students have free access to Lynda.com, an online library with thousands of videos and tutorials on a wide range of skills such as Python Programming, R Programming, and Web Programming. You can find the UMD login page for Lynda here: http://lyndatraining.umd.edu/

 

MPS & GC Graduation Process

I am ready to graduate! What do I need to do?

If you are graduating with either a Master's Degree or a Graduate Certificate, follow these steps:

  • Complete an Application for Graduation within the first TEN DAYS of the term in which you will graduate.
    1. MPS application (online)
    2. GC application-Complete and return directly to diploma [at] umd.edu

Masters Students-Complete the following three forms. Be sure to use:

  • Graduate Program code: MPGS
  • Supporting Area: Leave Blank
  • Area of Specialization: Leave Blank
  1. ​​​​Approved Program Form-Please fill out the personal information at the top of the form and scan it back to Kristen Bergery at kbergery [at] umd.edu.  The rest of the form will be completed and scanned to Graduate School directly by the MPS program staff. Fall graduates: Due by December 1st 
  2. uAchieve Audit Sheets-Run your audit for the MPGS program. open all sections in your audit sheet. Take a screenshot of the audit and email it to Kristen Bergery at kbergery [at] umd.edu  Fall graduates: Due by December 1st 

Graduate Certificate Students-Complete the following form:

  1. Graduate Certificate Completion Form-Please fill out the personal information at the top of the form and scan it back to Kristen Bergery at kbergery [at] umd.edu.  The rest of the form will be completed and scanned to Graduate School directly by the MPS program staff.   Due by the end of the first week of classes in the term in which you will graduate
Please remember that you must be registered for at least 1 credit during the term in which you are graduating. It is VERY important that you turn in ALL forms when they are due. If you miss the deadline for submission, the Graduate School requires a Waiver of Regulation Petition that can take up to two weeks to process and may delay your graduation.

 

Graduate Forms and Financial Aid 

  1. Where can I find Health Forms such as Immunization, Medical history etc.?
    • The University Health Center requires each student to complete and submit an immunization form in order to remove registration blocks. You can find the forms here: http://www.health.umd.edu/about/forms
  2. Where can I find graduate school forms?
  3. Where can I access and pay my student bill or view my student account balance?
    • The Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering (formerly Bursar's office): billpay.umd.edu
    • It includes everything students need to know about billing, payments, and refunds.  The website also has the resources faculty and staff need to initiate charges – including CCP and SAR forms. 
    • Students and families with questions about their accounts will continue to call us at (301) 314-9000 or visit us in the Financial Service Center, Suite 1135 in the Lee Building. 
  4. Does MPS GIS program provide financial aids (scholarships, assistantships, etc.)?
    • Unfortunately, MPS GIS program does not provide financial support. Students are encouraged to seek support from their employers or external opportunities.
      • Students are eligible for Graduate Assistant positions offered by the University of Maryland that can help cover some of their tuitions.
      • Internships are available to students from different agencies and organizations.
      • Students are eligible to participate in federal scholarship programs.
  5. What are the requirements for a loan?
    • If you need any information on loan requirements or financial aid you can go to the Office of Student Financial Aid website at http://www.financialaid.umd.edu/loans/
    • If you have any specific questions about loan requirements you can contact: Malina Heng at mheng [at] umd.edu () or 301-314-9859
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