SJSU MSCS Orientation
Welcome to Fabulous SJSU
Welcome to Fabulous SJSU
We're glad you are here!
Did you register for courses?
If not, do so right away
If courses filled up, be persistent. Many people drop after a few days
student club |
Regularly check out the
department web page
There is a nifty calendar on
the MSCS page
Detailed program rules are at
Meet your advisor
Meet Your Advisor
Find your advisor:
Dr. M. Moh, Dr. T. Moh, Dr. Pollett, Dr. Stamp,
Meet with him/her now . . .
. . . and once
You can only register after your advisor removed the advising hold.
Tell your advisor about your plans and progress
What classes do you plan to take this semester?
What is your GPA (after the first semester)?
How many courses do you plan to take each semester?
Ask any questions you have about the program
Establish a working relationship
Beyond the Advisor
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Horstmann
See him for signatures on one of our many
(or just drop the form off in the department)
Department Chair: Dr. Khuri
Try not to see him at all!
Graduate Studies Office
Required by Cal State
Your options: CS200W, CS100W (requires WST), Engr200W (with permission)
Other Cal State writing course
Pass WST at waiver level
Get special permission from Graduate Studies (e.g. if you wrote a thesis in another subject)
Take it as early as possible!
You must take ≥ 6 graduate courses (CS2xx) in your major
You can take up to two elective courses
undergraduate CS courses
Caution: Not all courses are approved (undergraduate major, certificate programs, etc., are not eligible)
Example: approved courses from another department
Need prior written approval
Must not be identical to CS courses
Overall GPA < 3.0 => Probation
Cannot graduate until GPA ≥ 3.0
2 semester GPA < 3.0 => Disqualification
Don't let this happen! Get As and Bs
Passing grades are A, B, C.
Failing grades are C- (!), D, F, U, or NC
If a problem develops, see your advisor IMMEDIATELY
On an individual project/exam, do not copy work from any other student
Do not share your project/exam work with your friend working on the same task
Do not copy/paste from the internet into your report. Either rethink/reword or cite.
If in doubt, simply ask your professor
If you get caught:
You may get an F in the project/exam/report
You may fail the class
Repeat offenders can get evicted from the program
“It's ok where I come from” is no excuse
Unsure? Work through this brief
Individual research project
Conditions: Technical Writing, fully classified status
YOU find an advisor
Take classes offered by potential advisors
Contact potential advisors and ask if you can help with research etc.
Two semesters: CS297, 298
Defend your project and graduate!
Summary and Time For Questions
Register for classes now
See your advisor now
Join the student club
Regularly check the department page for news
Take technical writing as soon as possible (this semester if you can)
Don't go on probation
Plan ahead to find a project advisor