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Finding a Supervisor for MSc Program

Every incoming graduate student is assigned a faculty member as his/her temporary advisor.  These assignments are made keeping in mind the research interests of the student and the workload of the faculty member.  The initial advisor does not necessarily become the thesis supervisor.  It is the student’s responsibility to find an appropriate thesis or essay supervisor in his or her area of interest within 6 months. 

Program Timeline

Students starting in September

Year

Term/Date

PhD Track Program

Y1

Term 1: September-December

Find supervisor; take courses; begin discussions with supervisor; submit proposal for comprehensive course requirement by the end of September.


Finding a Supervisor for the PhDTrack Program

Every graduate student, upon arrival, is assigned a faculty member as his/her temporary advisor.  These assignments are made keeping in mind the research interests of the student and the workload of the faculty member.  The advisors assist students in their academic decision-making and oversee the students’ program, including recommending and approving courses.  The initial advisor does not necessarily become the thesis supervisor.  It is the student's responsibility to find an appropriate thesis or essay supervisor

Coursework for the PhD Track Program

PhD Track students are required to submit the proposal to satisfy the Comprehensive Course Requirement by the end of the first month.  The objective of the comprehensive course requirement is to ensure that the student obtains a breadth of knowledge of computer science, as well as sufficient depth in a specific field. Students should indicate what courses they will be taking or have taken that can satisfy the breadth and depth components of the comprehensive course requirement.

MSc Program Requirements

Students are expected to complete the MSc program within about 24 months from the initial date of registration. For instance, students who start in September will normally finish by August of the second year. The critical points in the program are associated with finding a supervisor and completing the research.

Interdisciplinary Studies

The Department of Computer Science encourages ties with other disciplines in order to both foster new areas of learning in computer science, as well as to apply modern computer science techniques to research in other fields.

Policy for Teaching Assistantship

The Department of Computer Science strives for excellence in every facet of its responsibilities: in research, in graduate education, and in undergraduate education. Many of our students have a chance to participate as teaching assistants in the department's mission to provide excellent undergraduate education.

Comprehensive Course Requirement

All PhD and PhD Track students are required to submit the Comprehensive Course Requirement form to the Graduate Affairs Committee by the end of the first month of the initial registration.  The objective of the comprehensive course requirement is to ensure that the student obtains a breadth of knowledge of computer science, as well as sufficient depth in a specific field.

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