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Transitioning to Semesters CSE PhD Program. Prof. Gagan Agrawal Grad Studies Chair . Quarters Vs. Semesters. Quarter System Academic Year Divided into 3 quarters Fall, Winter, Spring 10 weeks of classes in each, 1 week final exams Semester System

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Transitioning to semesters cse phd program

Transitioning to SemestersCSE PhD Program

Prof. Gagan Agrawal

Grad Studies Chair


Quarters vs semesters

Quarters Vs. Semesters

  • Quarter System

    • Academic Year Divided into 3 quarters

      • Fall, Winter, Spring

      • 10 weeks of classes in each, 1 week final exams

  • Semester System

    • Academic Year Divided into 2 semesters

      • Fall and Spring

      • 14 weeks of classes, final exams


Basic conversion rule

Basic Conversion Rule

  • 1 quarter credit == 2/3 semester credit

  • Follow all semester program requirements + conversion rules if you finish coursework Summer 2012 onwards

  • Conversion rules designed to allow easy transition


Phd program

PhD Program

  • Three Stages

    • Qualification Process

      • Quals or Acceleration Option

      • Maximum Change

    • Post-quals – Pre-candidacy

      • Research and Coursework

      • Straight-forward conversion for major and minor requirements

    • Post-candidacy

      • Dissertation Research

      • No Impact


The graduate foundational core

The Graduate (Foundational) Core

  • Quarter System

  • 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 2-3 times a year


Ph d core qualifying current

Ph.D: Core/Qualifying (Current)

  • Qualifying examination

    • Offered twice a year, September and March

    • 4 1.5 hr exams based upon the 4 out of core areas (780 required)

    • 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 4/5core classes for credit within first three quarters (780 required)

    • Have a 3.6 average in these classes

      • Can count best 4 – but must include 780

  • Need to complete the `fifth’ core class with C or better


Semester rules for core qualifying

Semester Rules for Core/Qualifying

  • Each Core Class Extended to be 3 Semester Credits

    • CSE 6321 - Theory

    • CSE 6331 - Algorithms

    • CSE 6341 - PL

    • CSE 6421 - Architecture

    • CSE 6431 – OS

  • For acceleration/quals, take

    • CSE 6331 (Algorithms)

    • CSE 6321 (Theory) OR CSE 6341 (PL)

    • CSE 6421 (Architecture) OR CSE 6431 (OS)

  • Acceleration: 3.6 in three courses (as above) within first 2 semesters

  • Qualifiers: 2 hour exam in each area (6 hours total, over 1 ½ days)


More details of acceleration

More Details of Acceleration

  • If you take multiple tries in a course

    • We will count the first attempt only

  • Conditional pass only

    • Need to finish a research piece in second year!

  • These rules are unchanged


Ph d qualifying

Ph.D Qualifying

  • 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

  • No change in these rules!


Timing for comps quals

Timing for Comps/Quals

  • August (2012 onwards)

    • Just before Fall Classes start

  • March (2013 onwards)

    • During spring break (middle of spring semester)

  • 2 days, 3 2-hour exams (August 2013 onwards)

    • Day 1 morning, Day 1 afternoon, Day 2 morning


Transition plan for quals

Transition Plan for Quals

  • PhD quals/comps will follow old format for August 2012, March 2013

    • 5 90 minute exams, take exam in 4 areas

    • Exams based only on material covered in quarter courses

  • Transition to New Format in August 2013

    • 3 2-hour exams, based on semester courses

  • Best to be done before that!


Transition plan for core class requirements

Transition Plan for Core Class Requirements

  • General rule

    • Need 9 sem-cr-hours of graduate core (a quarter class only provides 2)

  • If you finish acceleration in spring 2012

    • Will need the fifth core class

    • Might be better off finishing it in quarter system


Acceleration for students starting in wi sp 2012

Acceleration for Students Starting in Wi/Sp 2012

  • On a case by case basis

  • Hopefully, no one in this situation!


Types of classes ph d students

Types of Classes (Ph.D students)

  • Core Classes - 6xxx

  • Primarily Undergrad Courses

    • 5xxx, 2 credits

    • Meets with a 3 credit 3xxx courses

    • Mostly for making up deficiencies in background - could count for certain minors

  • Other 5000 and 6000 level letter graded courses

    • 5xx9 replaces 788s, research-oriented but letter graded

  • Research Credits

    • 888s replaced by 6xx9

    • Independent Study (793) is now 8193

    • 999s for MS students - 6998 and 6999

    • 999s for PhD students - 8998 (Pre-candidacy) and 8999 (Post-Candidacy)


Stage 2 ph d coursework requirements quarters

Stage 2 - Ph.D Coursework Requirements - Quarters

  • 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


Phd coursework semesters

PhD Coursework (Semesters)

  • PhD Major will be 10 semester credits

    • Semester Credits + 2/3rd of Quarter Credits

    • Only letter graded courses

    • Can use a semester core class not used for qualifying

      • E.g. Semester Architecture, if Semester OS used for qualifying

    • Details for each area coming soon


Phd coursework semesters1

PhD Coursework (Semesters)

  • PhD Minors will be 6 semester credits each

    • Semester Credits + 2/3rd of Quarter Credits

    • At most 1 S/U credit (e.g. 888 or 6xx9).

    • Can use a semester core class not used for qualifying

      • E.g. Semester Architecture, if Semester OS used for qualifying

    • Details for each area coming soon


Transition rules

Transition Rules

  • Follow semester requirements if finishing courses after summer 2012

    • Semester Credits + 2/3 * Quarter Credits

  • Core + Major + Minor-1 + Minor-2 >= 31 semester credits

  • Will allow short-fall of up to 1 credit in each major/minor area i.e.

    • Major >= 9 semester credits

    • Each Minor >= 5 semester credits


Clarification questions

Clarification/Questions

  • Documents

  • Your academic advisor

  • Your academic advisor 

  • Please do not e-mail me or ask to meet me

    • 350 graduate students to be managed in 10% of my time !!

    • Already dealing with 2200 grad program related e-mails annually – before semester conversion!!

    • I can answer clarification questions if approached by your advisor!


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