Enrollment & Course Registration Dates
General start times for enrollment (registration) are included for each semester in NC State’s academic calendar. Subscribe to the Graduate School’s academic calendar for additional details and deadlines. Students should always check Enrollment Dates in MyPack Portal for specific times and dates.
The Graduate Handbook provides an overview of Graduate School functions and resources, as well as the rules, regulations, and procedures administered by the Graduate School. It is the responsibility of ALL graduate students to know and understand their degree requirements. Students are responsible for the fulfillment of those requirements. We recommend subscribing to the Graduate School’s academic calendar to help keep track of important dates and deadlines.
Creating a Plan of Work
Students are required to complete a conditional Plan of Work (POW) in consultation with their advisor/advisory committee by the time they have completed half of the credits required for their degree. The final POW submitted to the Graduate School must be approved by two parties:
1) members of the advisory committee for programs with a required thesis, or the academic advisor for professional master’s students, followed by
2) the Director of Graduate Program (DGP). The approved POW is submitted electronically by the DGP to the Graduate School.
For assistance with this process, please review the Plan of Work Powerpoint. Professional master’s students and GIS Certificate students can also visit their program websites for more information or consult the program handbook provided during orientation.
Students must apply to graduate through MyPack Portal in order to participate in the graduation exercises, have their transcript posted, and receive a diploma. The Graduate School posts deadlines for each semester. However, students should pay attention to program deadlines for applying to graduate, as these will often be earlier than the Graduate School deadline. To learn how to “Apply to Graduate,” see the Graduate School’s informational guide.
Frequently Asked Questions
For specific program questions about the professional master’s degree in Geospatial Information Science and Technology (MGIST) or the Graduate Certificate in GIS, please visit the GIST Online FAQ page.
Applying to a Program
For the Graduate Certificate in GIS, transfer credits from another institution are not accepted. Up to 6 credit hours can be transferred into the certificate from courses taken as a non-degree student or undergraduate student at NC State. Certain restrictions apply.
Registering for Courses
Finding and Using Important Tools
- Free ESRI Virtual Campus courses — self-paced learning modules on a variety of GIS topics including:
- How to use ESRI software
- Core GIS topics such as map projections and coordinate systems, cartographic design, raster data, etc.
- Learning how to use scripting in a GIS context
- GIS Lookup — The NC State Library’s tool for searching for and downloading data for free from the University’s very large geospatial data collection
- The Virtual Computing Lab (VCL), which provides easy access to GIS software
- ArcGIS 10 Desktop Help
- ArcGIS 10 Forums
- Email listserv: all students are automatically added to an email listserv for general announcements; this includes job and internship announcements that we receive directly from employers.
- Career Dashboard: our GIST Online programs have a dedicated hub for job search information with links to professional organizations, GIS specific job sites, and more.
- LinkedIN: current students and alumni of the NC State GIS programs are invited to join our LinkedIN Networking Group.
Additional information about college-wide resources, including links to printing and student study spaces, is available through the College of Natural Resources:Visit CNR Student Resources
Additional information about policies and procedures at the Center for Geospatial Analytics is available at our Internal Resources site:Visit CGA Internal Resources