During your second semester, you will have the opportunity to petition for a third semester to fulfill any missing course requirements. The total number of required credit hours to complete for three semesters of enrollment will be increased to 36. The HSS and IS course requirement will increase to 21.  Students should have already completed 27-30 credits of the MPS requirements by the end of their second semester. 

To petition for a third semester, follow these steps:

  1. Review the policy below
  2. Fill out this petition form
  3. Fill out your course enrollment checklist
  4. Meet with MPS Director Gilly Leshed during her office hours to discuss the third-semester option. Bring both the completed petition form and course enrollment checklist.
  5. Return signed digital form to Barb Woske by the deadline.

Deadline

The deadline to apply for consideration for a third semester extension is due during the second semester of enrollment.

Fall 2020 Admits:      Monday, February 8, 2021, at 12:00 pm (noon).

Spring 2021 Admits:     Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 12:00 pm (noon).

These are hard deadlines. No exceptions.

Requirements

The total number of required credit hours to complete for three semesters of enrollment will be increased to 36. The HSS and IS course requirement will increase to 21.  Students should have already completed 27-30 credits of the MPS requirements by the end of their second semester.  No AUDIT courses can be counted toward the MPS requirements. 

Students who apply and are approved to extend the MPS degree program for a third semester will be required to enroll in and successfully complete at a minimum additional 3 credits in either the HSS or IS category beyond the 9 credits required for the category.   Students should enroll in these additional courses during pre-enrollment period and take them during their third semester.

Students who opt to extend their MPS degree program must enroll in a minimum of 12 MPS-related credit hours of coursework for their third semester.

Students must enroll in their 12 credit hours of coursework for a letter grade only.  Above the 12 MPS credits, students may enroll in additional non-MPS related courses, i.e. PE, music/art courses, 1000 -3000 Undergrad level for S/U credits. 

Students may not AUDIT any of their third semester coursework. There will be no exceptions to this requirement.

Students who do not follow these requirements will be dropped out of the program without graduating.

Costs for Third Semester

There are no pro-rated dollar amounts available for students who voluntarily request to extend their MPS degree program for a third semester.

If you opt to extend for a third semester, you must pay full- time tuition and fees for all three semesters.

Submitting a third semester extension request indicates that the student understands and agrees to pay full-time tuition rates and associated fees.

Submission of Third Semester Extension Requests

All requests require the submission of a completed third semester extension request form and a completed course enrollment checklist.

Completed request forms must be approved by the MPS Director Gilly Leshed and returned to the Graduate Program Coordinator, Barbara Woske.  

Incomplete request forms will not be considered.

Third semester extension requests submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Students must register for three consecutive semesters. Students will not be considered for a third semester if a voluntary Leave of Absence (LOA) was previously approved and taken.

Next Steps Following Third Semester Extension Request

Upon receipt of a completed third semester extension request form, a formal letter for the extension will be produced and sent to the Graduate School in Caldwell Hall (and to the student) so that the expected degree date may be changed.  

  • For example, the expected graduation date of a student who should be graduating after the standard 1-year / 2-semester program in May 2020, will be changed to a three-semester program with an expected graduation date of December 2020.

Students will then be able to (and should) participate in pre-enroll for next upcoming term.

U.S. Citizens

For U.S. Citizens, nothing additional will be required at this point.

International Students

International students will be required to visit the Office of Global Learning (ISSO) located in 300 Caldwell Hall to work out the details regarding extending their I-20.

Students are solely responsible making sure to apply for an extension of their I-20.

See Barbara Woske in Gates 110 for advisor signature.

Please be aware that additional Financial Certification documents will be required.

Difference between a two semester MPS IS Program and three semester MPS IS Program

 

  Two Semesters Three Semesters
Total Number of Credits

30

36
HSS and IS Course Credits Required 18 21
Project Credits Required/Allowed 3/6 3/6
S/U Credit Allowed 2 2

Minimum # Credits/Semester

12 12