IS:IP Important Policies and Procedures

All of the policies and procedures of the Graduate School stated in the University of Catalog apply to IS:IP students, except as noted below.
photo of a watering canPass-No Pass Grading Option:  Students are required to have a minimum of 24 graded credits of coursework in their program plan. 
Total Credit Hours Required:  The IS:IP degree requires the successful completion of a minimum total of 54 graduate credit hours.  Of the 54 credits, a minimum of 15 graduate credit hours are required in each of the three areas of concentration (total of 45 hours of course work), and 9 credit hours of thesis or terminal project are required. Of the 45 hours of course work, a minimum of 9 hours must be 600 level (excluding practicum and Terminal Project).
With the exception of International Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies, other interdisciplinary programs (Asian Studies, Comparative Literature, Environmental Studies) shall not be used as separate IS:IP areas.  Students using International Studies or Women’s Studies shall select courses from the Women’s Studies or International Studies established curriculum.
A list of the programs eligible to be used as part of an IS:IP program of study is available here.
Open-Ended Courses:  A maximum of 15 graduate credit hours of research, reading and conference, field studies, and practicum (601, 605, 606, 609: Practicum) may be used in the IS:IP program.  Such credit hours ("open-ended" courses) shall be distributed across all three areas of the program (i.e., one area may not be composed exclusively of open-ended courses).
Transfer Credits:  At least 39 of the minimum 54 credit hours for the IS:IP master's degree shall be completed at the University of Oregon after the student is admitted to the IS:IP.  Transfer work must be relevant to the IS:IP degree program, shall have been graded A, B, or Pass, and shall have been taken for graduate credit and recorded on an official transcript.  Normally, the 15 credits should not be all of one component.
Joint Campus:  Normally, a maximum of 10 hours of course work taken under the Joint Campus program may be used in an IS:IP master's degree.  Joint Campus courses shall be courses that are not offered on the U of O campus.  Under special conditions, however, an entire area (15 credits) may be taken from another OUS institution.
Foreign Language Requirement:  The Master of Arts degree requires that students demonstrate foreign language proficiency equivalent to second year, third term college level proficiency (computer languages are not acceptable).  Proficiency may be demonstrated by presenting a transcript showing successful completion of a second year, third term level language course; enrolling in and passing any second year, third term level language course; passing the Graduate Student Foreign Language Test (GSFLT) with a score at the 25th percentile or above; negotiating and passing a proficiency test with one of the foreign language departments; obtaining credit by exam; or passing a language waiver test.  Contact the Testing Office at the Student Health Center for detailed information on these testing options.  As with all requirements for the degree, foreign language proficiency must be demonstrated within the overall seven-year time limit for the master's degree.
Program/Committee Changes:  Changes to a student's degree proposal and/or program of study must be approved by the chair and committee members and by the Dean of the Graduate School.  Modification of committee membership must be approved by the chair, the incoming and outgoing committee members, and by the Dean of the Graduate School.
Satisfactory Academic Progress:  Satisfactory academic progress shall be determined through annual reviews of students' academic records by the Dean of the Graduate School in consultation with the chair/advisors.  Failure to make satisfactory academic progress may result in termination from the IS:IP program.
Grade Point Average:  IS:IP students shall maintain a B (3.0) average in graduate course work to remain in the program. Students falling below a 3.0 GPA will have two terms to restore their cumulative GPA to a 3.0.  Failure to maintain a 3.0 GPA may result in termination from the IS:IP.
Incompletes:  A grade of incomplete shall be cleared within one calendar year if the course is to be included in the IS:IP degree.  IS:IP students having more than two incompletes on the transcript at one time (excluding research, thesis or terminal project) are considered to be making unsatisfactory academic progress toward the degree and are subject to termination from the IS:IP.
Time Limits and Time Lines:  Students take varying amounts of time to complete an IS:IP degree.  Although some students have taken as few as four terms to complete the program, the average completion time is two academic years (i.e., six terms; 9 credits each term).  The average registration for graduate students is 10 credit hours.  Please note that the U of O is on a quarter system.  All work to be applied toward the requirements for the master's degree in IS:IP must be completed within a seven-year period.  There is a continuous enrollment requirement for graduate students at the University of Oregon.
Leave Status:  Students may apply for "on leave" status for a total of three terms (excluding summer session) or that they will not be able to attend.  A student who does not file for "on leave" status has failed to comply with the Graduate Schools’ continuous enrollment policy and must file a "Request for Permission to Re-Register" form with the program in order to be considered for reinstatement. Students re-registering are subject to general Graduate School policies and the IS:IP requirementsin effect at the time of the re-registration (i.e., if program requirements are revised while a student is not attending and has not received official on-leaves status approval, the student will have to meet all of the revised requirements in order to complete the program).  The forms are available on the Graduate School web site.
Second Master's Degree:  A student who has already earned a master's degree at the University of Oregon may complete an IS:IP as a second master's degree program.  Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the program, the student must complete the full 54 hours for the second master's degree (i.e., a "30-hour" second master's degree may not be earned through the IS:IP).
Master's Thesis/Terminal Project Proposal:  An IS:IP student shall submit a formal proposal for the master's thesis or project to the IS:IP Coordinator.  The master's committee shall make a formal recommendation to the Graduate School regarding the acceptability of the master's thesis or project proposal.
Research Compliance: IS:IP students are responsible for following the policies of the University of Oregon regarding research procedures and ethics.  See for more information.  Note: University policy requires that approval to use human subjects be obtained prior to initiation of a research activity involving University of Oregon time, facilities, resources, and/or students by submitting a Human Subjects Research Protocol to the Office of Human Subject Compliance for review.  Protocol forms are available through Research Compliance Services' Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS) web site.  If you have questions regarding the forms or procedures you should call 346-2510.   Proof of clearance must be submitted for your IS:IP departmental file and the Graduate School student file.
Terminal Project or Thesis:  Every IS:IP master's program shall culminate in an integrative terminal project or thesis.  The terminal project or thesis requires a minimum of 9 credit hours, with the credit hours distributed between at least two of the three advisers.  There is no maximum limit on the number of terminal project or thesis hours that a student may complete, although only 9 will be counted toward the 54-credit requirement for an IS:IP degree.  Thesis students shall obtain written permission from their advisers and register under IST 503 Thesis.  Students completing terminal projects shall obtain written permission from their advisers and register under IST 609 Terminal Project.  Further information regarding the distinction between a thesis and terminal project as well as specific format requirements for IS:IP are described in the "IS:IP Thesis/Project Guidelines" handout available from the IS:IP Coordinator.

Students choosing to do a terminal project shall submit one copy of the completed terminal project to the Graduate School where it will be kept on file.  Students choosing the thesis option shall upload a PDF copy of the completed thesis to the Graduate School (see for instructions.)  The thesis must follow the format guidelines as described in the University of Oregon Style and Policy Manual for Theses and Dissertations.

Graduation:  Students shall apply for the degree no later than the second week of the term of anticipated graduation and in accordance with published deadlines. The on-line application for advanced degree is available on the Graduate School Web Site.  All graduate students must be registered for a minimum of 3 hours of graduate workfor credit during the actual term of graduation .  Students should also check with the IS:IP Coordinator at the Graduate School at least two terms before the anticipated term of graduation to verify that all program requirements have been completed.
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