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The B.S. in Information Technology degree program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,

George Mason University is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research and Education.

Spring 2017 Announcements and Reminders

We hope the first few weeks of the semester have been going well.  Below are some important announcements and reminders.

As always, let us know if you have any questions or concerns!


  1. Vote for the Undergraduate Academic Advisor of the Year!
    The nomination process is open from January 30th until March 10th at 5pm.
    Vote online at:

  • Changing your Major to IT
    The last day to change your major to IT for the spring 2017 semester is 24 February 2017.
    To view your eligibility, please visit:


For spring 2017 and summer 2017, in order to be eligible to declare BS INFT: Students must have a minimum GPA of at 3.0 in all completed Information Technology foundation and core courses required for the major and have earned a grade of C or better in IT 106.

Starting on the first day of fall 2017, in order to be eligible to declare BS INFT: Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better in completed 100-level and 200-level IT courses and a grade of C or better in IT 106.



  1. Add/Drop Period
    Full term courses:
    Part of term courses:

  2. Selective Withdrawal Period
    27 February- 31 March 2017.
    Undergraduate students enrolled in degree programs are eligible to withdraw from a limited number of classes without Dean’s approval and at the student’s own discretion. Students may process a maximum of three such selective withdrawals during their entire undergraduate career at Mason.

    More information about selective withdrawals can be found at

  3. Graduation Applications
    The deadline for submitting your graduation application for the spring 2017 semester is 24 February 2017.

    To view deadlines for summer 2017, please visit

    More graduation information can be found here:

  4. Overrides
    The override request worksheet is available for summer 2017 at
    If you need an override for a course, you must complete this form.  If you know you will need an override, please submit your requests early to ensure your override is entered before your registration day!

    Overrides are needed if:
    ~You have a substitution or waiver for a course that is a prerequisite for a course you wish to register for in summer.  You can view your substitutions/waivers in your Degree Evaluation;
    ~You wish to register for a Bridge Course;
    ~You need to make a third attempt at a course.  You MUST meet with Dr. Islam, the Associate Chair, in order to obtain this override. Email him at to request a meeting. Please DO NOT submit an override request via the system for third attempts.

    Overrides are NOT needed if:
    ~You are currently registered for a course that is a prerequisite for a course you wish to take in summer. The system assumes you will pass your current course, and will allow you to register for the next course.  If you do not pass the current course, you must drop the subsequent course before the summer term begins.  If you do not, you will be administratively removed prior to the start of the semester, and you will be responsible for any financial repercussions of the schedule adjustment.

    Override Reminders:
    ~We DO NOT waive prerequisites for any reason.  Do NOT submit override requests for courses if you are not eligible for them. A useful prerequisite information sheet for the current catalog can be found at
    ~Please allow at least 3 business days for the processing of overrides.  If you submit duplicate requests, your request will be moved to the bottom of the queue.
    ~If you would like a third attempt at a course, please contact Dr. Islam, the Associate Chair, at

  5. Advising Appointments
    Even though the spring semester just started, registration for summer and fall 2017 is just around the corner! Be prepared by scheduling an advising appointment with one of the IST Department full time academic advisors. Our faculty are also advisors, so utilize them for career and concentration advising.

    NOTEPlease do not schedule duplicate appointments–choose only ONE. If you cannot make an appointment for any reason, please cancel it, in advance, so you are not marked as a No Show and other students can schedule in your place. Two “No Shows” and you will be banned from scheduling an appointment via Appointment Plus for the remainder of the semester. Any appointments you make will be canceled and you will be directed to email for assistance.

  6. Tutoring
    Having trouble in a course? There are a number of resources that can help you succeed:
    1. First, and most importantly, stay in contact with the instructor of the course. They are there to help you.
    2. If there is a graduate teaching assistant (GTA) assigned to the course, reach out to them. They are also there to help you.
    3. Seek out a Peer Mentor from the VSE Peer Mentor Center, which offers tutoring in a number of IT courses.



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