Information for Current 5th Year Masters 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.
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.