GENERAL QUESTIONS

1) Where can I find prerequisites for a course? Do I really need to take them?

It is up to you, the student, to make sure all course prerequisites are met. If you not meet the prerequisites for a course, you can only register for it with the consent of the head of the department in which the course is offered. Failure to meet course prerequisites will result in being dropped from the class.

Prerequisites are listed in the graduate catalog.

2) Can a student take a break from the DL Program?

Yes, you can skip a semester or two. But after two main consecutive semesters - for example, fall and spring – you must enroll by the last semester you took a course to avoid being withdrawn from Texas A&M University. So if your last course was in a Fall semester, you must enroll by the following Fall semester or you will be considered "not returning" and go "inactive." If this happens, fill out a re-admit application for review by the graduate committee to see if you maintained a good academic standing of 3.0 or above which is required by Texas A&M.
Note: there is no guarantee you will be readmitted, and you only have seven (7) years to complete the degree program from your original date of acceptance.

3) Where is the re-admit application?

Re-admit application: http://admissions.tamu.edu/readmit 

4) Is there a limit on the number of years to complete the Master of Engineering Program?

Yes. You must complete the Master of Engineering within seven (7) years to avoid the loss of classes taken. An extension for a course about to expire is allowed ONLY if you are planning to graduate within that following semester. Please review the graduate catalog for detailed information.

5) Where do I submit my degree plan/petitions/extensions?

Submit your degree plan/petitions (course changes, committee member add/delete/change, etc.) /extensions on the Document Processing Submission system: https://ogsdpss.tamu.edu/

For more information about degree plans, see menu to right and click on DEGREE PLANS link.

6)  Where do I get a student ID?

E-mail the Aggie Card Office at aggiecard@tamu.edu from your official TAMU email account requesting the DE ID card and they will verify you are eligible and mail you the ID.  

7) I am taking one course but need to drop it. What do I do?

Visit with your instructor first. They can tell you if the coursework becomes more challenging as the semester progresses, suggest study strategies and resources appropriate for their course, and provide other helpful advice.

If you still need to drop the course, here is the Q-drop form: http://registrar.tamu.edu/Forms-Reports/List-of-All-Forms. Deadlines for Q-dropping a course with no penalties are:

  • 50th class day of a fall or spring semester
  • 15th class day of a 5-week summer term
  • 35th class day of a 10-week summer semester

After the Q-drop deadline, deans may permit students to withdraw only under non-academic extenuating circumstances.

IF dropping your class puts you at zero (0) hours. you need to follow withdrawal procedures:

  • Go to HOWDY.TAMU.EDU 
  • Scroll down Howdy website to STUDENT WITHDRAWAL
  • Fill out the form
  • Submit it online to the office of the student's academic dean

Note: withdrawing with zero hours will not affect your registration for the following semester.

For additional information about withdrawing from the University, see Part I, Section 17 of the Texas A&M University Student Rules (ttp://student-rules.tamu.edu/). Also review the link on refunds.

8) I am taking two courses but need to drop one. How do I do that?

Talk to your instructor first. They can tell you if the coursework tends to become more challenging as the semester progresses, suggest study strategies appropriate for their course, and provide other helpful advice. You may discover that you can continue in the course, saving the time and money you have already invested.

If you still need to drop the course, here is our Q-drop form: http://registrar.tamu.edu/Forms-Reports/List-of-All-Forms. Deadlines for Q-dropping a course with no penalties are:

  • 50th class day of a fall or spring semester
  • 15th class day of a 5-week summer term
  • 35th class day of a 10-week summer semester

After the Q-drop deadline, deans may permit students to withdraw only under non-academic extenuating circumstances.

See student rules http://student-rules.tamu.edu/ for information on refunds.

9) The video for my class has bad sound or resolution. Who do I contact?

Please contact coe-mediasite-helpdesk@tamu.edu and copy the DL Staff: dl@pe.tamu.edu 

10) What if I am having trouble with my Gmail password?

Contact the HELPDESK: http://cis.tamu.edu/

 

GRADUATION QUESTIONS

1) I am in my last class (PETE 692 -professional studies). Now what?

See menu to right and click on GRADUATION link.

2) When do I choose a subject for the final research project (also known as final exam)

Check with your Chair (Advisor) to determine when to start your last course PETE 692 - either semester prior to it or the beginning of your last semester. We recommend you check as early as possible, since the deadline for presenting (defending) the paper is usually mid-semester.

3) Do I have to take the final exam or am I exempt?

Final exams (your written report) are required. Check with your Chair (Advisor) if unforseen circumstances mean you need to present your paper (final exam) the following semester.

4) Where do I go to find out about graduation?

The Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS) website: http://ogaps.tamu.edu

See the GRADUATION link on menu to right for more information.

 

REGISTRATION QUESTIONS

1) I did not see anything stating registration, did I miss it?

Make sure you are on the Distance Learning (DL) Listserv (Click on DL Home and then on "new" student link -- menu to the right--)
Information about registration is generally sent out mid-semester to the DL Listserv.

2) How can I verify that the system got my pre-registration form?

The DL registration form has nothing to do with TAMU system – so you will NOT see it on HOWDY.  If you saw “thank you for taking this survey” then you know it went through.

3) Can you tell me if I successfully registered through Qualtrics.

If you saw “thank you for taking this survey” then you know it went through.

4) I filled out the Qualtrics form, should I expect to be registered by now?

The e-mail states the date when the Qualtrics link is made available and the date when registration begins. Please review the e-mail.

5) I saw some seats already taken in DL courses, has registration started?

Sometimes campus students sign up in the DL courses. We remove them unless they receive permission to enroll in a DL course.

6) Can you register me in the following class?

Use the Qualtrics form sent out to the DL Listserv. Registration is based on first come - first serve. Failure to use the form will put you at the end of the list.

Contact DL staff with UIN/Course No./Course Name if you did not fill out the form.

7) What if the Qualtrics Form does not let me list a non PETE course?

If you need to take a non-PE course, send an email to DL staff to unblock you so you can enroll in a non-PE class.

8) What if the class I want is not taught this semester?

Some classes are taught every other year or every two years. Check with your advisor (Chair) as to which course is more suitable to replace the one you want, or wait until it is taught again.

9) Can you register me if I have an advising hold?

The advising hold is the "registration" hold put on by the DL Staff for PETE DL students. Texas A&M does not have a code for the words "registration hold". Per the director of distance learning, the DL Staff is to register you.
Make sure you are on the DL Listserv to receive this type of information.

10) I missed the deadline to register, how come I was not notified?

Information about registration is sent out to the DL Listserv.

11) What if I am having trouble with tuition, reimbursement checks and billing?

Visit the SBS websitesbs.tamu.edu for the correct contact person.

 

Good links to know

Academic Ruleshttp://student-rules.tamu.edu/academicrules. (Note: not all rules apply to our online program.)

Graduate Cataloghttp://catalog.tamu.edu/graduate.

Texas A&M Academic Calendarhttp://registrar.tamu.edu/general/calendar.aspx. (You are responsible for keeping track of dates and deadlines.)

Howdy: https://howdy.tamu.edu (This will have your student schedule, degree evaluation, and other valuable information to help you succeed in the program.)

Office of Graduate and Professional Studies: http://ogaps.tamu.edu/

Refer to your Texas A&M Gmail for any departmental communications. http://google.tamu.edu/

To verify your e-mail settings, navigate to the Aggie Gateway (http://gateway.tamu.edu) and check the settings under the "Email Settings" tab.