Grad Student Orientation


Chris Pollett

Aug 25, 2010

Welcome New Master's Students!

Today, we will discuss some topics you need to be aware of about the CS Graduate Program:


Adding Classes

Program Requirement Review

To get a Master's in Computer Science at SJSU you need to meet the following course requirements:

  1. Pass the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement by either passing: CS100w, CS200w, or having a paper on which you are sole author published in a respectable journal or conference. i.e., refereed and with decent writing standards, not a paper mill.
  2. Six CS Graduate Option courses from at least three (could be more) of the following subject areas: Foundations, Architecture, Systems Software, Software Engineering, Specialty, Topics.
  3. Two elective courses from the list of approved elective courses or from a CS185/CS285 course depending on the topic. For the latter, you should get it in writing from the graduate coordinator before assuming it counts.
  4. Complete CS297 and CS298 (Writing Project) or CS297 and CS299 (Thesis).

CS100w, CS200w

The typical way to pass the Graduate Writing Assessment requirement is to take either CS100w or CS200w.

GPA and Grad Standing

CS297, CS298, CS299

To finish your master's degree you need to complete one of two culminating experiences:

Academic Honesty