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Graduate Advisement

Each graduate program provides academic advisement to its students. While each program may differ in the specifics of the advisement procedure, each one has mechanisms for initial advisement and appointment of appropriate committees.

Upon admission to a graduate degree program, each student is assigned an advisor by the department chair or program director. Initial advisement focuses on determining transfer credit, if applicable, and establishing a proposed program of study. The advisor and supervisory committee should be in place no later than the completion of the second semester of enrollment. The primary function of a supervisory committee is to oversee the preparation and completion of the program of study. In the master’s degree programs, the supervisory committee administers comprehensive exams, if any are required. The supervisory committee consists of one or more persons, as required by the program or department.

In a doctoral program or in a master’s program where a thesis is required, a research committee guides development of the thesis or dissertation. The research committee may or may not have the same composition as the supervisory committee but must have a minimum of three faculty members.

Members of the research committee must be selected so that relevant emphasis of the dissertation or thesis topic is fully represented. The chairperson must have a specialized academic competence in the student's major field, as determined by the faculty.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I register for classes?

Complete information regarding registration can be found at The FIU Registrar's Website.

Newly admitted graduate students are mailed a medical history form with their acceptance letter. Students under the age of 40 are required to complete this form and submit it with proof of immunization to Student Health Services. Completion and clearance of medical history and immunization reports are required to validate registration. Students are also required to show proof of residency. Once this information is submitted, students are given a Registration Access Information print-out that indicates the registration appointment time and day. Students are also supplied with an access code (pin number). This code, along with a social security number, will provide access to web registration and kiosks.

Students may then select courses and register at my.fiu.edu or kiosks on campus. If a permit/override is required, then students may come into the Registrar's Office after their priority registration time has passed.

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How and when do I pay for my tuition?

Complete information regarding payment of tuition can be found at http://finaid.fiu.edu/index.php?id=1572.

Students may pay online at or by phone at 1-877-FIU-PAYS. Students who prefer to pay in-person may pay at the Cashiers Office with cash, personal check, cashier’s check, money order or traveler’s checks. Credit cards are not accepted at the Cashier’s counters. However, students who prefer to use a credit card may do so online at my.fiu.edu. Only the following cards are accepted at this time: American Express, MasterCard, or Discover Cards. There is a 2% non-refundable Credit Card Surcharge charged to the credit card for this service. FIU does not accept foreign currency or foreign checks. Money orders and travelers checks must be drawn on a stateside bank. A student number and current address should be written on the face of all checks and money orders.

Fees may be paid at the Cashier's Office on either campus; University Park Campus in PC 120 or at the Biscayne Bay Campus in ACI 140. For convenience, night deposit boxes are located just outside of the Cashier's Offices on either campus. For safety reasons, cash should not be placed in the night deposit boxes. The University will not be responsible for cash left in the night deposits.

Students may also mail payments to: Florida International University, Cashier's Office - PC 120, University Park, Miami, FL 33199.

The last day to pay is printed on your class schedule and tuition bill. If a student receives financial aid, and the tuition exceeds the award, the student must pay that portion by the last day to pay in order to avoid having classes dropped and a late payment fee charged.

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How can I receive transfer credit?

Masters programs may accept a maximum of six semester hours of graduate credit earned from another institution beyond a bachelor's degree.

Doctoral programs may accept a maximum of six semester hours of graduate credit earned from another institution beyond a bachelor's degree. An exception is made for courses contained within an earned master's or doctoral degree. For such courses, the maximum is one fewer than half of the total credits required for the program. 

Acceptance of transfer credits for a course is dependent upon the following provisions:

  • The student received a grade of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale;
  • The course was taken at an accredited institution;
  • The course was relevant, as judged by an appropriate committee of the department or program, to the graduate program in which the student is accepted;
  • The course is listed on an official transcript received by Graduate Admissions;
  • The course will be no older than 6 years or 9 years at the time of graduation with a master's or doctoral degree, respectively (does not apply to credits earned as part of a completed graduate degree).

Non-degree-seeking students include students seeking admission to graduate degree programs who enroll prior to completing the requirements for admission. Enrollment as a non-degree-seeking student does not imply a right to future admission as a regular degree-seeking student, however, non-degree seeking students  officially admitted to the College of Education may transfer a maximum of 12 graduate level credit hours. These credit hours earned at FIU as a non-degree-seeking student may be counted toward a graduate degree provided they were earned within the six years preceding admission to the degree program.

Graduate credit is not awarded for life experiences.

Additional information regarding graduate transfer credit may be found at the University Graduate School website/Graduate Policies and Procedures manual at The FIU Graduate School Website.

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How do I change my major or degree program?
If a student wishes to change his or her major field of study or college after having been admitted to a graduate program, he or she must apply for admission to the new program.
Additional information regarding change of major or degree may be found at the University Graduate School website/Graduate Policies and Procedures manual at The FIU Graduate School Website.

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How do I appeal a grade?

A change of grade is initiated only by the course instructor. The Change of Grade form is submitted by the course instructor to the College or by the School's Dean's Office. When approved, the form is sent to the Registrar's Office where the change occurs. Change of Grade forms cannot be released to students.

Additional information regarding appealing a grade may be found at the University Graduate School website/Graduate Policies and Procedures manual at The FIU Graduate School Website.

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How do I request a leave of absence?

A student who finds it necessary to be excused from registration in a graduate degree program for three or more consecutive semesters must formally request a leave of absence from the graduate program. Leave time must be approved by the program director and the academic dean. Leave will be granted only under exceptional circumstances. When there is no mutual agreement the decision will be made by the academic dean.

When a student returns from a leave of absence, decisions concerning previous or current program of studies will be mutually agreed upon by the student's supervisory committee and the student.

Additional information regarding a leave of absence may be found at the University Graduate School website/Graduate Policies and Procedures manual at The FIU Graduate School Website.

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How do I change my contact information?

You may complete a Change of Address form at the Registrar's Office. This can also be done by mail. Indicate your name, new address, social security number, and sign the correspondence. This form is now available online at my.fiu.edu.

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How do I withdraw from the university?

Complete a Withdrawal Form available in the Registrar's Office. A student wishing to withdraw will need to secure signatures from the Cashier's Office, Financial
Aid Office, and the Library before returning the form to the Registrar’s Office. A withdrawal from the University is for a specific term. If a student does not return within one academic year, he or she will have to reapply for readmission through the Graduate Admissions' Office or submit a Non-Degree-Seeking Student form in the Registrar's Office.

Additional information regarding change of major or degree may be found at the University Graduate School website/Graduate Policies and Procedures manual at The FIU Graduate School Website.

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What must I do for graduation?

Students are responsible for making certain that all graduation requirements have been met and that every deadline is observed.

Each student who plans to graduate is required to submit to the Office of Registration and Records an Application for Graduation form. This form, supplied by the Office of Registration and Records, must be submitted before the end of the third week of classes of the academic semester in which graduation is expected. A student turning in the Application for Graduation after the deadline will graduate the following semester. No charge is made for applying for graduation. The Application for Graduation must be signed by the academic advisor prior to being submitted to the Office of Registration and Records.

A student denied graduation must complete the requirements for graduation and reapply for graduation.

A student must be registered for the term in which the degree is received.

Students can authorize a designee to pick up a diploma in their absence. The student must complete a signed written authorization indicating name and social security number or student number. The designee will have to show proof of identification to receive the diploma.

Additional information regarding graduation may be found at the University Graduate School website/Graduate Policies and Procedures manual at The FIU Graduate School Website

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