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Your Academic Advisor

If you are a newly-admitted student, your advisor's name should appear in your letter of admission. If it does not, contact one of the following, depending on your program:

You can change your advisor at any time (see Eforms below). Most often it is done to make a research advisor your academic advisor.

Using Your Advisor

Your academic advisor can help you choose courses and advise you on various topics including program requirements and registration issues. Your advisor's approval is needed for a number of forms (see Eforms below). Advisors can't solve all your problems directly, but they can at least point you in the right direction. For example, if you're a distance learner having technical troubles watching videos, your advisor can tell you that the Office of Digital Learning is where to go.

If you are meeting your advisor for the first time, prepare for your meeting by using the department website to learn about your program's requirements and limitations (MCS, MDS, MSCDSOR, MSCS, NDG, CTERM, and IIT Europe). Categories of courses you may need to consider include undergraduate prerequisite, graduate prerequisite, core/elective, specialization, recently offered, to be offered, day/night, and online/remote (Internet or India Internet).

Contacting Your Advisor

To find office hours, email addresses, or phone numbers, check the faculty list or contact the department. Outside of scheduled office hours, email or phone your advisor to set up in-person or remote advising sessions. (Email is generally faster and preferred.) If your advisor is on vacation or on sabbatical leave or your email is not responded to within typically two or three business days, contact Dennis Hood, Dr. Sasaki, or the department.

Advising PIN

Every semester, you need an Advising PIN to register for classes. If you are a new graduate student, contact your assigned advisor for your Advising PIN. If you are a continuing graduate student in good academic standing, locate your Advising PIN in MyIIT:

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Required Academic Advising

If you are a degree-seeking student, then to ensure that you are taking courses that will indeed lead you to a degree, you must complete an academic advising session before progressing too far into your studies. This advising session is mandatory: The GP Graduate (Program) Advising Hold will prevent you from registering for next semester until you meet with your advisor and your advisor subsequently clears the hold. The hold goes into effect automatically before the next semester of registration opens for:

Note: Non-degree graduate students and graduate certificate students do not receive GP holds.

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Advising PIN (required for registration each semester)

Each academic unit issues the Advising PIN required for registration in the first semester of student enrollment at Illinois Tech.

New entering graduate students receive their Advising PIN from their assigned advisor.

In following semesters, students in good academic standing can find their Advising PIN in MyIIT, typically under the Welcome tab:

Graduate Academic Advising

Graduate students are required to complete a mandatory advising session with the graduate academic  (or co-terminal) adviser.  The GP Graduate (Program) Advising Hold becomes active before the next semester of registration opens for:

  • Co-terminal students in the first semester of graduate co-terminal enrollment
  • Traditional masters students at 9 earned or enrolled credits
  • Doctoral students at 18 earned or enrolled credits
  • The hold prevents registration before the following semester until lifted by the adviser
  • The mandatory advising session is required for the student to clear the registration hold

Students needing one-to-one advising sessions should contact their advisor. A student can change advisors (typically, from the initial advisor to a research advisor) using Graduate Degree Works > eForms > Change of Advisor.

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