Those who are interested in taking a few graduate classes without obtaining a graduate degree, or who are unable to enter the graduate program on time to register for a semester, have the option of registering as non-degree seeking students.

Registering as a non-degree seeking student is one way to begin matriculation immediately and avoid delay in obtaining a graduate degree. If a student completes course credits as a non-degree seeking student and is later accepted into a graduate program, those credits need to be transferred into the program to count toward the degree requirements. Up to 12 credits of graduate courses taken at FIU may be transferred into a graduate program at FIU. Up to 6 credits of graduate course earned from another institution may be transferred to a graduate program at FIU.

It is strongly advised that all non-degree seeking students meet with the Graduate Program Director to get academic advice before registering for courses. This is both to ensure that you will be successful in completing the courses that you register for and that the courses will be accepted as part of your graduate program if you are admitted later. Failure to get advising before registering as a special student may result in your earned credits not being counted toward your degree requirements.

Graduate Program Director’s contact information:

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Xia Jin, Ph.D., AICP

Graduate Program Director and Professor

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Transportation Engineering

Dr. Xia Jin is a Graduate Program Director & Professor with the Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Florida International University (FIU). Dr. Jin has over 15 years of professional and academic experience in transportation planning. She is the director of the Travel Behavior and System Modeling lab at FIU. Her research areas include human and freight mobility behavior analysis, travel demand forecasting, emerging mobility options and vehicle technologies, stated preference surveys, the impacts of e-commerce on travel demand, the modeling framework and impact assessment of telecommuting, and freight mobility and safety analysis. She has over 60 journal publications and over 70 conference proceedings. Dr. Jin serves on a committee for the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies: The Travel Survey Methods Committee (AEP35), and the Travel Behavior and Values Committee (AEP30). Dr. Jin holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and Master of Urban Planning and Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She is also a professionally certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

Dr. Jin’s Curriculum Vitae¬†

Office: EC 3672
Phone: (305) 348-2825

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