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Can I participate in the GCSRM if my UIC graduate degree is not part of the UIC Graduate College e.g., I am working toward a professional graduate degree, such as the Master's of Public Health (MPH) degree?

Yes. The GCSRM is open to any student who is enrolled in a UIC graduate degree program (master's or doctoral) in any GCSRM participating academic unit. Participation is not limited to the MS, MA, and PhD degrees.

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Can I participate in the GCSRM if my academic unit is not listed as one of the participating academic units?

Possibly. Speak with your advisor and contact one of the GCSRM co-directors.

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I am graduate student in a UIC regional program (e.g., Peoria, Rockford). Can I apply to the GCSRM?

Yes, however you must make your own arrangements to participate in the GCSRM courses, which are offered only on campus at UIC.

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I am an undergraduate student at UIC. Can I apply to the GCSRM?

No, the GCSRM is open only to students who are enrolled in a UIC graduate degree program (master's or doctoral).

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I am graduate student at another university. Can I apply to the GCSRM?

No, the GCSRM is open only to students who are enrolled in a graduate degree program at UIC.

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Do I have to pay any fee(s) to apply and/or participate in the GCSRM?

No, there is no fee for applying to or participating in the GCSRM .

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What is the application deadline for applying to the GCSRM?

There is no application deadline. You may apply at any time while you are currently enrolled in a UIC graduate degree program. However, both your application and acceptance to the GCSRM must be accomplished no later than the end of the semester immediately prior to the semester in which you intend to complete your UIC graduate degree.

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After I am accepted into the GCSRM, what happens if I decide I would like to make a change in one or more of the GCSRM courses that I list on my initial program of study?

You can either submit the Program Revision Form, or if you are planning extensive changes in your GCSRM program, you can submit a completely new version of your Program Proposal. Your revised program proposal must be submitted and approved no later than the end of the semester immediately prior to the semester in which you intend to complete your current UIC graduate degree.

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After meeting the minimum core course requirement, can I take additional core courses as electives?

Yes.

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Can I take more than the minimum number of required core and/or elective courses?

Yes.

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I already have taken one or more of the GCSRM courses. If I apply for admission to the GCSRM, will those courses count?

Yes, if you have earned a grade of at least B in the course(s). If you previously have earned a grade less than B in any GCSRM course and you are admitted to the GCSRM , you will be required to retake the course and earn a grade of at least B.

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I think I am eligible to waive a GCSRM core course. Can I apply for a waiver?

Yes, you must submit a Petition to Waive a Core Course form to one of the GCSRM co-directors. The form must be signed by your academic advisor. A waiver, if approved, means that you are not required to take the waived course. However, you still must complete a minimum total of 14 semester hours in GCSRM courses.

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I am a doctoral student and have declared the GCSRM as a minor or collateral area of study. Must my preliminary examination committee include a GCSRM faculty member from my academic unit or can I include any GCSRM faculty member?

You may include any GCSRM faculty member on your preliminary examination committee.

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I am a doctoral student and have declared the GCSRM as a minor or collateral area of study. Must my dissertation committee include a GCSRM faculty member?

No. However, you may ask a GCSRM faculty member to serve on your dissertation committee if you and your advisor deem that to be appropriate. Asking a GCSRM faculty member to serve on your dissertation committee is encouraged if your dissertation will involve survey research methods.

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What is the difference between "core faculty" and "affiliate faculty"?

Core faculty are UIC graduate faculty members in sponsoring academic units who either teach required core courses and/or regularly-offer elective courses in the GCSRM curriculum, or who make substantive contributions to the practice of survey research at UIC. Core faculty also serve as primary points of contact, information, and advice for students in their academic units. Affiliate faculty are UIC graduate faculty members in GCSRM participating academic units who serve as primary points of contact, information, and advice for students in their academic units.

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Can I withdraw from the GCSRM after I am accepted into it and have started taking GCSRM courses?

Yes. You must submit a letter of withdrawal to one of the GCSRM co-directors. There is no penalty for withdrawing from the GCSRM.

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If you have a concern that is not addressed in these FAQs, please contact one of the co-directors.

 
       

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