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Research Methods Course Substitution Policy

The College of IST will allow graduate students to substitute a maximum of 6 credits of external courses for IST research methods courses to fulfill the IST graduate curriculum requirements. The College research methods course substitution guidelines are below.

  • If a student wants to substitute a graduate course taken in another institution for an IST research methods graduate course, the course must satisfy the following requirements:
    • The course must be from an accredited institution.
    • The student must have received an “A” or “B” grade value.
    • The course must appear on an official graduate transcript.
    • The course must have been taken within five years prior to the date of registration in the IST graduate program.
  • When requesting a course substitution, the student must submit a syllabus of the external course with a Research Methods Course Substitution Form to the Graduate Programs Office. The Graduate Program Director will review the request and you will be notified of the decision.   
  • All course substitution requests must be submitted by May 15 of the end of the student’s first year.  No course substitution requests will be accepted after this date.
  • Research methods course substitutions are an internal IST process. Therefore, the course’s grade will not appear on the student’s PSU transcript.

Specialization Area Course Waiver Policy

The College of IST will allow graduate students to waive the 12 credit specialization area course requirement with previous coursework from an external institution. The College specialization area course waiver guidelines are below:

  • The course must be from an accredited institution.
  • The student must have received an “A” or “B” grade value.
  • The course must appear on an official graduate transcript.
  • The course must have been taken within the five years prior to the date of registration to the IST graduate program.
  • To receive a specialization area course waiver, the student must submit the following to the Graduate Programs Office:
  • All course waiver requests must be submitted by May 15 of the end of the student’s first year. No course waiver requests will be accepted after this date.

Travel Policy to Countries on Warning List

Graduate students wishing to travel to countries on the U.S. State Department Warnings List must abide by the University Graduate Student Policy for Travel to Countries on the U.S. State Department Warnings List