Grad Student Orientation

Chris Pollett

Jan 21, 2015

Welcome New Master's Students!

Getting Started


...Beyond Advisors

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 Engr200W.
  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, from a CS185/CS285 course depending on the topic, or from approved courses in other department.
    • For the latter two, you should get it in writing from the graduate coordinator before assuming it counts.
    • Not all courses are approved as electives: (undergraduate major, certificate programs, etc., are not eligible).
    • Some course from other departments may be approved if they are CS-related, but not identical to a course from our department.
  4. Complete CS297 and CS298 (Writing Project) or CS297 and CS299 (Thesis).

Technical Writing

The typical way to pass the Graduate Writing Assessment requirement is to take either CS200w, CS100w(requires WST), or Engr200W (with permission).

GPA and Grad Standing

The Writing Project

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

Academic Honesty