Undergraduate Advising

In the IS Department, student success is our first priority. We have a robust academic advising program to help students navigate our undergraduate offerings. Please review the information below to understand our advising process.


2021 Advising Schedule

Meeting an Advisor

To learn the specifics of how to meet with your advisor this semester, please visit our 2021 Advising Scheduling page. For general info on our advisors and how advising works, please continue reading below.


Academic Advisors for IS/BTA students
Dr. Ahmed Aleroud,
Dr. Jennifer Carter,
Professor of Practice
Ms. Amy Everhart,
Senior Lecturer
Ms. Dina Glazer,
Senior Lecturer
Ms. Margaret Kahl,
Mr. Bill Ryan,
Dr. Sreedevi Sampath,
Associate Professor
Ms. Dana Smith,
Senior Lecturer
Mr. Richard Sponaugle,
Senior Lecturer


Points of contact for general questions on advising

Richard Sponaugle

Advising Coordinator and Associate Undergraduate Program Director



Sreedevi Sampath

Undergraduate Program Director



New IS/BTA Students

To sign up for the IS/BTA major, you need to fill out a change of major form and send it to Mr. Sponaugle as an email attachment.

If you are unable to send the actual form, you can send Mr. Sponaugle all the required information from the form in an email.  Once he has the form, you will be considered changed to IS/BTA.

Normally, at that point you would be assigned an advisor who can advise and clear you for courses. However, if advisor assignments are delayed, you can consider Mr. Sponaugle as your advisor until a permanent one is assigned.


Current IS/BTA Students

‘IS Advisor’ myUMBC group

When you sign up to be an IS or BTA major, you are automatically added to the group

  • Go to ‘Groups’ when you login to ‘myUMBC’ and see if you can see the IS Advisor group
  • All announcements pertaining to IS/BTA students appear on this group and come by email to group members. If you don’t see the group under your myUMBC -> Groups, email Dr. Sampath (sampath@umbc.edu)
Academic pathways and course planning

You can find academic pathways and course planning forms for the IS/BTA majors and certificates here.


Previous IS/BTA Students

Reinstatement and readmission

If you are a student seeking reinstatement or readmission to UMBC in the IS or BTA majors, please contact the undergraduate program director (UPD), Dr. Sampath: sampath@umbc.edu.



1. Who is my advisor? How do I find out?

To find out who your advisor is, look at myUMBC, under Advising and Student Support, the My Advisors link. If no one is listed at that link, then contact Mr. Sponaugle (rspona1@umbc.edu).


2. How to contact the registrar’s office?

You can contact the registrar’s office by submitting a help ticket. Here are instructions on how to submit a help ticket: https://wiki.umbc.edu/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=1867859


3. How do I see Degree Audit to see what courses I have taken and to see the progress I have made towards my degree?

Here is a link that describes how to run degree audit: https://wiki.umbc.edu/display/sa/Student+FAQ+-+Degree+Audit


4. How can I find out if a course at another university will transfer to UMBC?

You can refer to the TES course articulation database to see how a course can transfer from another institution. You can also refer to the Transfer Central Portal.

If you don’t see a course you have taken at another institution listed in the database, and you want to have it reevaluated for transferability, fill out the Course Review form.

All courses taken at any other college or university must be approved by UMBC before they are taken at that institution. Use the Verification of Transferability form to do that.