Advancement to Candidacy
- Have Classified status and be in good academic standing with no conditions.
- Read and understand the list of available projects.
- Obtain the permission and complete the form with a tenured or tenure-track Computer Science faculty who
will act as the student’s advisor per the below timeline:
- Upon completion of 9 units toward the degree;
- Prior to the completion of 18 units toward the degree;
- Must be before working on the last 12 units of your degree.
- Work with your advisor to come up with the plan of study for the cumulative experience
(i.e. project or thesis):
- A project or thesis proposal must be prepared.
- The format and the content of the proposal will be decided by your advisor.
- After your advisor approves the proposal, work with your advisor to choose another
tenured or tenure-track CSIS faculty to be on the committee:
- One additional member may be added to provide expertise in the research area.
- Complete the Advising Sheet and submit to the Graduate Coordinator of Computer Science.
- Complete an Advancement to Candidacy Form, attach your proposal and submit to the Computer Science Graduate Coordinator.
Travel Money: While working on your thesis or project, visit the Office of Graduate Studies & Research if you need to go to a conference.
Courses to Take for Project or Thesis
- CS 698 for Project (3 units for credit)
- CS 699 for Thesis (up to 6 units for credit)
By the 14th week of the semester prior to taking CS 698 or CS 699, do the following:
- Fill out an Independent Study Form.
- Attach your Advancement to Candidacy documents
- Obtain signatures including the Department Chair
- These steps must be completed in order to enroll in CS 698 or CS 699.
If Additional Time is Required
- Register for CS 700 if you need one additional semester to finish Thesis.
- GRAD E699: if you have already submitted the thesis/project draft to the Committee and have
set a date for the defense but need more time.