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Graduate Student Orientation Fall 2011. Dr. Jan Chomicki Director of Graduate Studies Department of Computer Science & Engineering http ://www.cse.buffalo.edu/~chomicki cse-dgs@cse.buffalo.edu. Graduate Secretary. Ms. Elizabeth (Liz) Lesny cse-gradsecy@cse.buffalo. edu Bell 233 or 234

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graduate student orientation fall 2011

Graduate Student OrientationFall 2011

Dr. Jan Chomicki

Director of Graduate Studies

Department of Computer Science & Engineering

http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/~chomicki

cse-dgs@cse.buffalo.edu

graduate secretary
Graduate Secretary
  • Ms. Elizabeth (Liz) Lesny
    • cse-gradsecy@cse.buffalo.edu
    • Bell 233 or 234
    • 645-4745
important things to do
Important Things to Do
  • Read the (updated) Grad Handbook
    • dated August 2011
    • http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/graduate/handbooks/grad-handbook-2011.pdf
  • Make (and keep) an appointment with your academic advisor
    • Discuss your coursework
      • Should do this at least each semester, or more often!
    • Can change advisors
    • Advisor will automatically change when:
      • you do a master’s project or thesis
      • you choose a major professor for your Ph.D.
more things to do
More Things to Do
  • Attend CSE colloquia
  • Be sure that you are on the grad Listserv
    • Should be automatic
  • Read your “@buffalo.edu” email
    • and your “@cse.buffalo.edu” email
    • or else be sure that email sent there is forwarded to where you really read email!
    • csgr-list@listserv.buffalo.edu: announcements, job offers
things not to do
Things Not to Do
  • Violations of Academic Integrity
    • Copying someone’s work
    • Letting others copy your work
    • Quoting text without proper attribution
  • CSE policy:http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/shared/policy_academic.php
ms requirements 30 credits
MS Requirements: 30 credits
  • 4 core courses:
    • 1 Theory/Algorithms core course
    • 1 Artificial Intelligence core course
    • 1 Software and Information Systems core course
    • 1 Hardware and Networked Systems core course
  • 3 other CSE courses:
    • 2 core area courses:
      • 1 CSE 500- or 600-level course from any core area
      • 1 CSE 600-level course from that core area
    • 1 CSE 500- or 600-level course
  • Free electives (9 credits):
    • at least 1 CSE seminar: 1, 2 or 3 credits
    • At most 6 credits outside of CSE (have to be approved)

CSE 501 no longer required of MS students!

ms requirements cont d
MS Requirements (cont’d)
  • Do a project or a thesis
    • Project can be from a CSE 600-level course that offers this option
      • not all do; check with instructor
      • grade has to be at least B+
  • Maintain a 3.00 GPA
  • There are certain other restrictions
    • GPA requirements
    • no course can be used to satisfy two different requirements
    • certain courses can’t be used
    • part-time students get more time to satisfy the requirements
    • see the Grad Handbook
m s requirements cont d
M.S. Requirements (cont’d)
  • What are the core courses & core areas?
    • see the Grad Handbook
  • How to waive a requirement or transfer a course?
    • transfer up to 6 graduate credits
    • see the Grad Handbook
  • Can apply to PhD program from MS program?
    • yes: for details, see the Grad Handbook
  • Other questions?
    • see the Grad Handbook
phd requirements
PhD Requirements
  • PhD Qualifying Process (24 credits)
    • 3 required courses:
      • CSE 501 — Intro to Grad Studies in CSE
      • CSE 531 — Analysis of Algorithms
      • CSE 596 — Intro to Theory of Computation
    • 4 core courses, at least 1 each from:
      • AI
      • Software and Information Systems
      • Hardware and Networked Systems
    • 1 CSE 600-level course in your dissertation area
  • Other requirements:
    • 2nd CSE 600-level course (3 credits)
    • 1 CSE seminar (1,2, or 3 credits)
      • total = 28-30 credits so far
    • Dissertation proposal + dissertation + oral defense
      • typically 36 credits (PhD is 72 credits total; 36 can be transferred in)
      • can take other courses!
ph d requirements cont d
Ph.D. Requirements (cont’d)
  • Maintain 3.00 GPA
  • Restrictions, waiving, transferring credits, other questions?
    • see the Grad Handbook
forms and petitions
Forms and petitions
  • Discuss the issue with your academic advisor, fill out theappropriate form and obtain the advisor’s signature
  • Leave the form with Liz Lesny: she will forward it to me
  • Forms can be found opposite Liz’s office
useful websites
Useful Websites
  • CSE:
  • http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/
  • CSE grad programs:
  • http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/graduate
  • Grad handbook (the most recent version!):
  • http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/graduate/handbooks/
  • Grad course list:
  • http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/graduate/courses.php
  • Graduate school website:
  • http://www.grad.buffalo.edu
useful graduate resources maintained by bill rapaport
Useful graduate resources (maintained by Bill Rapaport)
  • Grad Studies
    • http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/~rapaport/GRAD/
    • info on:
      • current & upcoming courses
      • CSE computing facilities
      • UB Grad School links & how to succeed in grad school
      • academic integrity (don’t cheat, don’t plagiarize!)
      • research, teaching, writing hints
      • Buffalo & WNY
      • language (oral presentation hints, ESL hints)
      • cultural differences
      • beyond grad school
      • PHD comics!!
  • How to Study
    • http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/~rapaport/howtostudy.html