Advancement to Candidacy

No student may enroll for CS698, CS699 or take a comprehensive exam before being advanced to candidacy. Note the deadlines!

  1. Upon the completion of 9 units toward the degree, but prior to the completion of 18 units toward the degree (i.e. must be before working on the last 12 units of your degree), the student must obtain the permission of a tenured or tenure-track Computer Science faculty member to act as the student's advisor.
  2. The student and the advisor should come up with the plan of study for the cumulative experience (i.e. project, thesis or exam). A project or thesis proposal must be prepared.
  3. Upon approval of the proposal by the advisor, the student and the advisor should choose another member of the committee (the member must be a tenure track professor of the CSIS department. One more member may be added to provide expertise in the research area.)
  4. The student should complete the Advising Sheet and submit it to the Graduate Advising Coordinator of Computer Science.
  5. The student should complete an Advancement to Candidacy Form and submit it to the Graduate Advising Coordinator of Computer Science

Note: The student is advanced to candidacy for the Master of Science degree upon submission of the study plan and completion of 18 units toward the degree with at least a 3.0 grade point average. Changes in the study plan must be approved by the student's advisor and the Graduate Advising Coordinator of Computer Science.

To enroll in cs698 or cs699 you must also file an Independent Study Form. Obain the Department Chair's signature Please attach your Candidacy document to this form when obtaining signatures.  The deadline to do this is the 14th week of the semester before cs698 or cs699.

What courses to take for your project/thesis

  • CS698 (3 units only for credit) for Project.
  • CS699 (up to 6 units only for credit) for Thesis
  • CS700 if you need one more semester to finish the Thesis.
  • GRAD E 699 if you need just a little bit of time to finish your Thesis or Project.