Information for Current 5th Year Masters Students

Orientation Schedule Timeline Common Forms
General Information Prospective Students


Orientation will take place on campus in mid to late August 2014 and attendance is mandatory. This is an important time for the cohort to build community and receive important information. The schedule will be posted online and also sent via email in early August. If you do not receive emails regarding this matter, please contact the EECS Graduate Admissions Office.

Schedule Timeline

Once students are admitted to the program (and accept our offer of admission), the below timeline represents a typical timeline for a student starting in a fall semester.

Spring (final undergraduate semester)

  • Meet with Masters Student Advisor to plan out courses.
  • Complete Bachelors program and graduate.
  • If time permits, take one or more courses (that will not be used toward the Bachelors degree AND your 5th year MS faculty advisor approves of). We will be able to use these courses toward your MS degree. Use this Course Planning sheet to discuss courses with your faculty advisor.
  • Begin or continue research project with your faculty advisor.

Fall (1st MS semester)

  • Attend Orientation in mid to late August.
  • Meet with your faculty advisor within the first two weeks of the semester to discuss your course list, get it signed, and submit it to the Masters Student Advisor in 205 Cory Hall.
  • Work with the Masters Student Advisor to backdate any courses taken last semester to count for your MS degree.
  • Complete fall courses with 3.0 GPA or higher. All courses toward the degree should be taken for a letter grade, except for 299 units, which should be taken as S/U.
  • Make progress toward the research project, and leave time in Spring to write your report.
  • Grad Student Review takes place in October. Instructions will come from the Masters Student Advisor.

Spring (2nd MS semester)

  • If your course list will change from what you submitted in fall, then please meet with your faculty advisor again in the first two weeks to get a new course list approved and signed, then submitted to the Masters Student Advisor in 205 Cory Hall.
  • Complete spring courses. Your cumulative MS GPA must be 3.0 or higher in order to graduate.
  • Complete research project and report. It's best to submit your report to your two faculty readers one month before the end of the semester to give them and you time to make revisions and submit before the last day of the semester.
  • Commencement! Emails about Commencement will go out in January, so be sure to respond to those in a timely manner to make sure that you can walk.

Common Forms