The following links provide quick access to a variety of useful resources for CIT graduate students. Many of these links are to web pages outside of the CIT web site; therefore, please report any broken links to the M.S. CIT Webmaster.
Purdue Graduate School Policies
The Graduate School Handbook documents most of the educational policies for all Purdue programs. Individual graduate programs (such as CIT) are permitted to enforce more stringent policies than The Graduate School, but not less stringent policies. For example, CIT specifies more stringent requirements for minimum grades that must be earned in graduate courses. Specific CIT educational policies are published as sidebar links under the main menu item, Plan of Study. Otherwise, university educational policies are published online as Policies and Procedures for Administering Graduate Student Programs.
Computing Resources and CIT Research Laboratories
Purdue provides its students, faculty, and staff with a wide variety of computing resources to assist with their teaching, learning, and research. The centralized computing organization is called Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP). It provides the entire university with shared IT services. Additionally, our graduate faculty and staff have access to a decentralized computing organization called Engineering Computer Network (ECN). It provides IT services specific to our Polytechnic college, including CIT. Finally, CIT faculty have created, or participate in research laboratories that support their specific research interests. See Purdue Computing Resources and CIT Laboratories to learn more about specific services and capabilities in these facilities.
International Student Services
Many CIT graduates are international students. CIT is proud of its international diversity.
For most international students, getting their visa status established to attend Purdue is their first challenge. Because U.S. and international immigration laws can be very complex, we defer all questions and issues about visas to Purdue's Office of International Students and Scholars.
For our admitted and continuing international students, see The Graduate School's Resources for International Students for important and useful information and services.
There are many opportunities for graduate students to become involved in voluntary student organizations. Many of these brief descriptions are linked to web pages for more information.
Closest to home is the Polytehnic's Council of Graduate Students (COGS). COGS includes graduate student representatives from each of the departments in the Purdue Polytechnic, including Computer and Information Technology. They address issues and needs of graduate students specifically enrolled in the Purdue Polytechnic. They are always looking for students who want to get involved.
At the University level, there exists a Purdue Graduate Student Government (PGSC). The PGSC student president and student working groups lobby the faculty and administration on issues and needs pertaining to all graduate students for the entire University. They also host social events for graduate students, and manage a very nice student commons facility (on the ground level of the Northwestern Parking Garage) for study and events.
For the academic year 2016-17, a new chapter of Association for Computing Machinery - Women (ACM-W) is being established. ACM is the preeminent scholarly society for computing research and education.The ACM-W is a special interest group of ACM for "women in computing", but it is also open to men. The new Purdue chapter plans to engage students in exciting computing activities, connect students with women leaders in computing fields, network with other ACM-W chapters, and provide scholarships to conferences such as The Grace Hopper Conference for Women in Computing, to name but a few possibilities. They do not have a web site yet, but if you have an interest, contact Dr. Julia Rayz.
While predominantly an undergraduate professional computing organization, graduate students are welcome to join the Purdue chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP). Their signature event is a computing job fair called the Computer Roundtable.
Many other student organizations are available to students with specific interests, computing and otherwise. Many of these are listed on the Graduate School's Student Organizations web page. Links to other student organizations and callouts can be found at BoilerLink.
Entertainment and Personal Growth
Your education is not just about your courses and research. Not everything in life revolves around computing. After you graduate, you will rejoin society. To that end, you are encouraged to take advantage of Purdue's many cultural, sporting, and social networking events. One advantage of attending a large university like Purdue is that you gain access to many such events designed to expand your mind beyond your chosen major -- and have FUN. Many of these events are free or low cost -- even the most expensive events are usually offered at student prices that are much lower than you will again see after graduation.
It is sometimes difficult to keep up with "entertainment" events at a university as large as Purdue. Thankfully, Purdue provides a one-stop, web clearinghouse to provide information about events for your entertainment and stress relief. It is called Don't Miss It. Bookmark that web page for the latest news of upcoming events.
Another useful link for students looking for either entertainment or student clubs in BoilerLink.
Student Academics and Personal Life
See Student Academics and Personal Life for various advice on handling problems related to your academic studies and personal life.
Travel Funding for Scholarly Activities
The CIT faculty encourages, and in some cases, requires students to publish scholarly and industry papers as part of your learning experience. In many cases, such papers are co-authored bween students and faculty. Opportunities may arise to present papers to scholarly and professional conferences. It is recognized that graduate students often do not have the funds to pay for travel, lodging, and fees for conferences. Within the limits of the university budget, we will try to help with travel funding.
As a general rule, to become eligible for travel funding your paper must be officially accepted to be presented at the conference. Once accepted, you may apply for travel funding assistance to various sources. Also as a general rule, the chances for funding may depend on a willingness to share costs. For example,
- How much of the cost are you willing to pay yourself?
- How much of the cost can your faculty co-sponsor contribute (from their funded research accounts)?
- How much of the cost do you seek from the Department of Computer and Information Technology (CIT)? The CIT department head may be willing to match the contribution of your faculty co-sponsor. To apply for CIT department funding, see CIT Travel Funding for Scholarly Activities.
- How much of the funding can you get fro the Purdue Polytechnic? See Dean's Student Travel Grant Program.
Career and Job Placement Services and Events
As you approach graduation, you may be looking for career counseling and job placement resources and services. See Job Placement Resources for some of the services and events offered at Purdue.
NOTE: For graduate assistantships, graduate fellowships/scholarships, and local part-time job opportunities, see Funding in the main menu for this page.
Continuing Your Studies to the Ph.D. in Technology Program
For information about continuing from your M.S. in CIT to the Ph.D. in TECH with a CIT specialization, see https://polytechnic.purdue.edu/degrees/phd-technology/resources/continuation-ms-phd.