Academic Policies

Double-Dipping

A MIIS student who uses courses taken as part of another degree program (at Carnegie Mellon or elsewhere) toward their program requirements cannot use those same courses toward any other M.S. degree offered by the School of Computer Science without prior approval. (SCS policy)

Duration of Study

Students enrolled for full-time study are expected to complete the degree in three semesters of academic study and one summer internship (16 months, total). Students that do not require an internship can complete the degree in one calendar year (12 months).

See also the Statute of Limitations policy.

"Grandfather" policy

A student can graduate under the policies in effect at the time that the student entered the program; or, at the student's choice, the student can graduate under policies that are adopted after the student entered the program. If it is not realistic to follow a particular policy exactly, the department may approximate the policy as closely as possible; this situation is rare and typically arises only when a student is enrolled in the program for an extended period of time. (LTI policy)

Independent Studies

Independent studies are considered elective courses.

Leave of Absence

The LTI discourages Leaves of Absence (LOA), since students usually do not return, despite good intentions. However, a student in good standing may be granted a LOA of at most 1 year, upon written request to the Program Director and with consent of the student's advisor. It is the responsibility of the student on LOA to contact the LTI to initiate a return to the program.

Maximum and Minimum Courseloads

A student in the program may register for a maximum of seventy two (72) units per semester. (MIIS policy)

A student in the program must be registered for a minimum of thirty six (36) units per semester to be considered a fulltime student or twelve (12) units per semester to be considered a part-time student. (MIIS policy)

Pass/Fail Grades

Pass/fail grades are not permitted for courses used to satisfy a degree requirement. Graduate students who are required to take additional undergraduate courses to build up the core foundations of computer science may not elect the pass/fail option for these courses.

Satisfactory Progress

If a student does not make satisfactory progress each semester toward completing the degree, the LTI may remove the student from the program. (LTI policy)

Statute of Limitations

All units required for the MIIS degree, whether earned in residence or transferred from another institution, must be recorded on the transcript within seven years of the date on which the student enrolled in the program (CMU policy ), or less if required by a more restrictive department, school or college policy. This statutory period can be extended by the SCS Associate Dean for Graduate Education for special circumstances that do not make it possible for the student to complete the requirements within the statutory period. Any request for a waiver of the statute of limitations for the MIIS degree must be approved by the Department Head and by the SCS Associate Dean for Graduate Education. The waiver request must explain the exceptional circumstances that warrant an extension. For cases in which a waiver is granted, the waiver will cover specific courses and will specify a time period for completion of the program.

See also the Duration of Study policy.

Transfer Credit

An equivalent graduate course previously completed at another institution may be permitted to satisfy one of the MIIS breadth requirements. The decision on whether a course may used to satisfy a breadth requirement is made by the MIIS Program Director. Typically the student will provide the Program Director with the syllabus of the external course, and the Program Director will use that and the student's transcript to make the decision.

Satisfying a breadth requirement with a course from another institution does not reduce the number of CMU course units that must be taken to attain the MIIS degree.