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Title: Introduction%20to%20CSE%20Grad%20Programs


1
Introduction to CSE Grad Programs
  • Prof. Gagan Agrawal
  • Grad Studies Chair

2
Degree Programs
  • Masters non-thesis / coursework
  • Masters thesis / research
  • Ph.D

3
Admitted Groups
  • Masters non-thesis / unspecified
  • Research Masters
  • Direct Ph.D track

4
Type Conversions
  • Masters non-thesis students can switch to thesis
    option by finding an advisor for masters thesis
  • Masters students become Ph.D students if they
    take and pass Ph.D qualifying examination
  • Research masters students cannot switch to
    non-thesis option
  • petition to grad studies in truly exceptional
    circumstances
  • Ph.D students cannot switch to masters program
  • petition to grad studies in truly exceptional
    circumstances

5
The Graduate (Foundational) Core
  • 5 classes form the graduate core
  • 725 (Theory of Computation)
  • 755 (Programming Languages)
  • 760 (Advanced Operating Systems)
  • 775 (Computer Architecture)
  • 780 (Algorithms)
  • 3 credits each, each offered twice a year
  • Corresponding undergrad core classes (625, 655,
    660, 675, and 680) are prereqs take if you
    dont have the background

6
Core Requirements
  • Masters program (thesis and non-thesis)
  • Pass three of the five core classes
  • 780 required, at least one of 760 and 775
    required
  • In the other two areas, should have equivalent
    class to pre-core, or pass the pre-core
  • Masters non-thesis
  • Take comprehensive exam in three of the five
    areas
  • Ph.D program requires passing a written
    qualifying examination based upon these 5 (most
    students take classes for credit)
  • Acceleration Option all classes for credit and
    3.6 average (detailed later)

7
Types of Classes (Ph.D students)
  • Core Classes
  • Pre-core Classes 625, 655, 660, 675, and 680
    cant count for any of the requirements
  • Other 600 / 700 / 800 level graded classes
  • Includes 788
  • Graded A, A-, B,
  • Research Credits
  • 793, 888, 999
  • Graded S/U only
  • CSE 885
  • 1 credit, S/U, offered only in Fall and required
    for all grad students

8
Types of Classes (MS Students)
  • Primarily Undergrad Classes
  • 616, 625, 630, 655, 660, 670, 675, 677, 680
  • Can count at most 3 for credit
  • (Foundational) Core classes
  • Applied Core Classes
  • Other letter-graded CSE classes
  • Research Credits (793, 888, 999)
  • Classes from other related departments
  • Limit of 9 credits
  • Need advisor permissions (need to be closely
    related to CSE)

9
Applied Core
  • Six classes currently listed
  • 621 High Performance Computing (Fall only)
  • 678 - Internetworking (Winter only)
  • 681 - Graphics (Fall, Winter)
  • 730 - AI (Fall only)
  • 756 - Compilers (Spring only)
  • 770 - Databases (alternate winter quarters)
  • MS Thesis option students need to take at least 2
  • MS Non-thesis need at least 3

10
Course Requirements
  • Masters non-thesis
  • 45 credits of graded classes (or 39 and project
    option)
  • Including foundational core and applied core
    classes
  • Limit on number of primarily undergrad classes
  • 885 is required
  • A total of 50 credits
  • Masters thesis
  • 30 credits of graded classes
  • Including foundational core and applied core
    classes
  • Limit on the number of primarily undergrad
    classes
  • 885 is required
  • 15 research credits are required
  • A total of 45 credits

11
Masters Non-thesis Project Option
  • Allows non-thesis students to do a substantial
    implementation project
  • 2 quarters, 6 credits of 793/888
  • Replaces 6 grades credits in 45 credit
    requirements
  • Make individual arrangements with faculty whose
    work you are interested in

12
Other Requirements for Masters
  • Non-thesis option
  • A comprehensive examination
  • Offered twice a year (Sept. and March)
  • 3 1.5 hr exams over two days, based on choice of
    3 among the 5 core classes
  • 780 required, at least one of 760 and 775
    required
  • Thesis Option
  • An oral examination of the thesis
  • A committee with at least 2 faculty members,
    including your advisor

13
Ph.D program Requirements
  • Qualifying examination
  • Offered twice a year, September and March
  • 5 1.5 hr exams based upon the 5 core areas
  • A max of two attempts are allowed
  • Direct Ph.D track students are normally expected
    to take it after the first year
  • Must pass within your second year to be eligible
    for support later
  • Acceleration Option
  • Take each of the 5 core classes for credit within
    first three quarters
  • Have a 3.6 average in these classes
  • Qualify for conditional pass need to show
    research progress by second spring to remove the
    condition
  • Recommend that everyone tries this
  • Unless you have several core classes and can take
    quals in 2 quarters

14
Ph.D Coursework Requirements
  • One major and two minors
  • Major
  • 15 graded credits, not including core
  • Minor
  • 9 credits in each, not including core
  • A total of 3 credits across 2 minors could be
    non-graded 793/888

15
Ph.D Program Requirements
  • Candidacy Examination
  • Typically after 2.5 4 years in the program
  • Involves a thesis proposal and written and oral
    examinations demonstrating knowledge of major
    area
  • A clear research plan and substantial research
    progress required
  • Final Oral Examination
  • Final defense of the thesis

16
Research Progress Evaluation
  • Conducted every spring, for Ph.D students
    finishing two or more years in the program
  • Requires clear research plan and established
    relationship with an advisor
  • Expect research involvement and paper
    submissions after year 2, publications after
    year 3,
  • A satisfactory rating is key for future funding

17
Normal Support Policies
  • Initial support for 2 years
  • Requires satisfactory GPA
  • Requires good performance on TA/RA duties
  • International students must pass the spoken
    English test to be eligible for year 2 support
  • Third and Fourth Years
  • Must have passed the Ph.D qualifying examination
  • Satisfactory research progress, as judged by grad
    studies committee
  • In most cases, as RA only

18
Normal Support Policies
  • Years 5 and 6
  • Must have passed Ph.D candidacy examination
  • Satisfactory or better research progress
  • In most cases, as RA only
  • Limit on TA support
  • 6 academic year quarters over the length of your
    stay
  • Exception 1 per advisor allowed as exception at
    anytime
  • All of the above entering the department
    guaranteed support
  • If you are entering w/o support, case-by-case
    after passing quals

19
Strategy for Finding Support
  • Find an advisor soon (within 1 year) who will
    own you
  • Support as RA, or
  • Count you for their 1 per advisor limit
  • Dont plan on first exhausting your TA
    eligibility
  • Try and have 1 year TA support for the end if RA
    funds run out

20
Other Requirements
  • A GPA of 3.0 must be maintained at all times
  • A minimum of C for any class to count
  • Repeat core class if grade below C

21
Requirements for Year 1
  • 12 credits each quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring)
  • 1st quarter TAs may take only 9
  • English / Physical education classes dont count
  • At least three credits of research
    (788/888/793/999) each quarter starting your
    second quarter
  • 885 required for all students in Fall

22
Goals for First Year Ph.D students
  • Take core classes to be prepared for Ph.D
    qualifying examination or qualify for
    acceleration option
  • Start establishing a research relationship with
    an advisor (take 788/888/793/999 credits)
  • Advisor input a factor in Ph.D qualifying
    examination decisions
  • Need research progress if you qualify for
    acceleration option
  • Take classes for major area (preparation for
    research)
  • Complete written/spoken English requirements

23
Goals for First Year Masters thesis students
  • Pass most of the core classes
  • Dont leave many graded classes for year 2
    (have more time for research then)
  • Identify a masters thesis advisor and
    area/topic
  • Complete any written/oral English requirements

24
Some Other Tips
  • Focus on excellence, rather than meeting minimum
    requirements
  • Create good impression during any of your
    interactions
  • Graded classes, research credits, TAship duties
  • Show initiative, prove yourself to be reliable
    and capable

25
More Information
  • Documents
  • People
  • Your academic advisor
  • Grad studies committee
  • E-mail me or visit in my office hours
  • Ms. Lynn for graduate program matters
  • Ms. Catrena for payroll issues
  • Ms. Kitty Reeves for TAship/funding issues
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