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  1. Graduate Student OrientationFall 2009 Dr. Jan Chomicki Director of Graduate Studies Department of Computer Science & Engineering http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/~chomicki cse-dgs@cse.buffalo.edu

  2. Graduate Secretary • Ms. Elizabeth (Liz) Lesny • cse-gradsecy@cse.buffalo.edu • Bell 233 or 234 • 645-3180 x 119 or 102 • http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/staff/elesny/

  3. Important Things to Do • Read the (updated) Grad Handbook • dated August 2009 • http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/graduate/handbooks/grad-handbook-2009.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.

  4. 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

  5. M.S. Requirements: 31-33 credits • CSE 501 — Intro to Grad Studies in CSE • 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 elective) • 1 CSE seminar (1, 2, or 3 credits) • 2 free electives (6 credits) • Can be any UB grad course,if approved by your advisor & Grad Studies Committee

  6. M.S. 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

  7. 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 Ph.D. program from M.S. program? • yes: for details, see the Grad Handbook • Other questions? • see the Grad Handbook

  8. Ph.D. Requirements • Ph.D. 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 (Ph.D. is 72 credits total; 36 can be transferred in) • can take other courses!

  9. Ph.D. Requirements (cont’d) • Maintain 3.00 GPA • Restrictions, waiving, transferring credits, other questions? • see the Grad Handbook

  10. Forms and petitions • Discuss the issue with your academic advisor, fill out an appropriate 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

  11. 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

  12. 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