New Graduate Students
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The University of Arizona Department of Computer Science is pleased to welcome the newest members of its graduate programs. Thanks for joining us!
The Graduate Program Coordinator, Chelsea Skotnicki, (email@example.com) will serve as your primary administrative contact.
Please carefully review the information below which includes important dates, a checklist of items to help you figure out next steps before and after you arrive on campus, program requirements, and funding information for MS students.
Important Dates for Fall 2020 Admits
(TBD dates will be added once they're confirmed, but these events usually occur the week before classes start.)
- Aug. 17: Fall 2020 Graduate Assistant appointments begin
- TBD: Computer Science Department Orientation
- TBD: Graduate College Orientation hosted by the Graduate & Professional Student Council
- TBD: College of Science Graduate TA Training (TAs only)
- TBD: Computer Science Department Retreat (PhD students only)
- Aug. 24: First day of Fall 2020 classes, first day to add classes for audit, and deadline to pay tuition and fees for all units registered as of 8/19/2020 without late charges
- Aug. 31: Last day to use UAccess for adding classes, changing classes, or changing sections
- Sept. 6: Last day for a refund
- Sept. 7: Labor Day, no classes and New International Graduate Student Check-In & Orientation Requirements must be completed by 9am
- Sept. 8: Last day to enroll for coverage in order to receive the Student Health Insurance Plan benefit
- Sept. 20: Last day to drop without a grade of W (withdraw)
International students should also view the International Graduate Student Checklist.
- Create NetID/Email
- Catmail: You should begin checking your email for official communication from the UA.
- UAccess: Login to the Student Center to register for classes, sign up for health insurance, view your financial aid, etc.
- D2L: Classes may not appear until the first day of classes.
- If you have any issues, contact UITS 24/7 IT Support.
- Upload Your Immunization Record
- Verify Lawful Presence (Prop 300) (if applicable)
- All students receiving in-state tuition or financial aid that is supported by state monies (Arizona) are required to provide documentation of US citizenship, legal resident of the US, or lawful immigration status.
- Register for Courses
- Before registering for courses, you should ensure you take care of any holds on your record that are blocking enrollment activity, including the Campus Health-Immunization hold. Login to UAccess Student Center to view any holds you may have.
- Domestic students are able enroll in courses now, while international students will be able to register for courses after satisfying the international orientation & check-in requirements.
- Graduate Assistantships require a minimum enrollment of 6 units. International students without a Graduate Assistantship must enroll in a minimum of 9 units to meet the full-time enrollment requirement. See enrollment policies for more information.
- PhD students should discuss their course selection with their faculty advisor.
- Old course syllabi/websites for most CSC graduate courses can be viewed here.
- If a CSC graduate course you'd like to take is full, email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the waitlist.
- Submit Final Official Transcripts
- If you have not already submitted your final official transcript(s) with your degree posted to Graduate Admissions, be sure to do so within 30 days of the first day of classes. You will not be able to register for the spring semester until you have met this requirement. Transcripts may be mailed or brought to: The University of Arizona, Graduate Admissions, Administration Bldg., Room 322, PO Box 210066, Tucson, AZ 85721-0066. Electronic transcripts may be sent to: email@example.com
- Transfer Credit (if applicable)
- If you'd like to request to transfer graduate credit earned at other approved institutions towards your UA CS MS or PhD degree, then please take the time this summer to collect the syllabus of each course you'd like evaluated by the faculty. The departmental process for transferring courses can be found here. View Graduate College transfer credit policies for MS and PhD degrees.
- Find Housing
- Figure out how you'll get to campus
- UA Parking and Transportation Services offers a number of bicycle programs and parking options, including parking lots, garages, park and ride programs, and carpooling.
- Register your bike with PTS & UAPD
- Take the Cat Tran, a free on-campus shuttle service
- Public transportation available through SunTran and SunLink Streetcar
- Get Your CatCard (official UA identification card)
- Pay Tuition & Fees
- Login to UAccess Student Center to pay your tuition and fees by the first day of classes.
- Graduate Assistantships will cover the cost of tuition and campus health insurance, so GAs are only responsible for logging in to UAccess Student Center to pay the fees by the first day of classes.
- Important: GAs will likely receive a bill for the full tuition cost, but should not be alarmed as they are only responsible for paying fees.
- Enroll for Student Health Insurance Coverage (if applicable)
- View health insurance information for international students here.
- Complete Mandatory Online Trainings for Graduate Assistants (if applicable)
- Stay Updated & Get Connected
- Graduate College Policies
- Computer Science Graduate Program Policies
- Computer Science Graduate Handbook
- MS in Computer Science
- PhD in Computer Science
Funding Information for MS Students
There may be graduate assistant positions that become available in our department or another department on campus as we approach the fall semester. If positions become available we will notify you of the opportunities via your University of Arizona email address.
The MS in Computer Science program has a $400/semester ($800 annual) program fee. The fee is used to 1) partially fund a career coordinator and 2) to improve spaces and resources for MS in Computer Science students. Students are responsible for paying this fee each semester they are in the program. There is limited scholarship funding available to help defer some of the cost for students with financial need. Domestic students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to demonstrate need. International students must complete the UA's Financial Need Calculation for International Students Form to demonstrate need. Required forms demonstrating need must be on file with the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid by July 1. In addition to financial need, students must be in good academic standing (minimum 3.0 GPA) to be considered for the scholarship.