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Graduate Student Resources

Graduate Student Handbook

The MSIS Graduate Student Handbook is an important resource for students throughout their MSIS journey, covering policies, procedures, requirements, resources, and other important information MSIS students are responsible for being aware of and satisfying all requirements of the MSIS program, Graduate School, and University.

Forms: Academic Planning, Advising, & Other Resources

Each MSIS student is assigned a faculty mentor to help them create an individualized course of study. Explore our Advising Overview page to learn about the advising processes, and tap the sections below for needed forms:

Advising & Capstone Forms

MSIS students should complete the Student Planning Form and send it to their advisor prior to each registration period.

School Library Students Advising Forms & Information

Spring 2019
SLM Virtual Advising Session video (Net ID login required)
SLM Virtual Advising Slides PDF

Student Planning (2019 & Beyond)
Students with Teacher Certification
Students without Teacher Certification
Students seeking Endorsement Only

Student Planning (2018 & Prior)
Students with Teacher Certification
Students without Teacher Certification
Students seeking Endorsement Only

Program Verification for Initial/Additional Endorsement
To be completed in the final semester before graduation. Submit it to Dr. Cindy Welch.
Program Verification Form

Leave of Absence Form

Students experiencing medical or other emergencies that will temporarily interrupt their course of study may request a Leave of Absence from the University of up to two years. It is important to note that the Graduate School will not approve requested Leaves of Absence for financial reasons. Please contact your advisor or the Director of Graduate Studies as soon as possible if you need to pause enrollment.

Form requires Faculty signatures and is to be submitted to the UT Graduate School for approval. For more information about the Leave of Absence (LOA) policy, please see Continuous Enrollment.

Request for Grade Incomplete

An incomplete is a temporary course grade indicating that a student has performed satisfactorily, but due to significant unforeseen circumstances, has been unable to finish all course requirements. Students should discuss the possibility and terms of an incomplete grade with the course instructor prior to completing the form.

Transfer Request

Fillable PDF form to request for the transfer or substitution of credits.

Diversity & Inclusion Badge

The Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Badge is awarded at graduation and is in recognition of exemplary D&I scholarship, professional service, and reflective participation.

Exit Requirements

If an MSIS student is graduating in fall 2019 or later, The Student Learning Collection (SLC) and Exit Survey must be completed during the semester they plan to graduate.

Meeting Room Reservations

CCI Meeting Room Reservations (Coming Soon)

Newsletter & ListServs

All SIS students are expected to join the UTKSIS Listserv and subscribe to our weekly newsletter. SIS also offers a weekly featured jobs newsletter, showcasing the various employers looking to recruit MSIS students and alumni.


SIS Practicum opportunities give students the chance to “try out” a job and type of workplace, earn course credit, gain valuable professional contacts, and accrue professional work experience.

Research Participation/Independent Research

Students are invited to engage with the research process on a more individual basis by exploring a topic of their choice with SIS faculty guidance, or assisting a SIS faculty member with their research. Consult with your advisor for more information.

Student Awards Program

The School of Information Sciences offers a series of awards to acknowledge student achievement. Students are able to nominate their peers for various awards.

Faculty nominate and vote on candidates for the following awards:

Students may nominate themselves or other students for the following awards:

Student Chapters & Organizations

All MSIS students are encouraged to join at least one student-led professional organization. The following organizations have student chapters at SIS:

Student Travel Support

There are numerous travel support opportunities for students wishing to attend information sciences-related conferences – even if they are not presenting!

Scholarships, Assistantships, Fellowships, & Funding Resources

Scholarship and assistantships are awarded to qualified students on a competitive basis.

Tuition & Fees

Follow the link below for the most recent updates to tuition and fees.

SIS Tuition & Fees