This FAQ will answer some of the questions asked by current CSE students.
The answers provided here are meant only to clarify rules/policies described elsewhere such as the Graduate Guide (PhD and MS) or the Graduate Catalog found on the Office of Graduate Studies website. In the event of a conflict between and answer provided here in the FAQ and the guide or catalog, the guide and catalog will take precedence.
Table of Contents
- What are the requirements for the 30 hour non-thesis degree plan?
- Are there any courses I’m not allowed to take if I’m on the 30 hour plan?
- A class I really, Really, REALLY need to get into is already full. What do I do?
- I am an International Student. How many hours of coursework must I take each semester?
- What is the CSE Department's policy regarding eligibility for a Curricular Practical Training (CPT) internship?
- I am a non-thesis student. How do I change to the thesis plan?
- I looked at my degree plan (MAP) in MyMav and it shows I’m not meeting my degree requirements. What should I do?
- I will finish my requirements this semester and want graduate. What do I need to do?
- I am graduating this semester and want to participate in the commencement ceremonies. What should I do?
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Students must qualify for the 30 hour degree plan by meeting the following criteria:
- Student must show evidence of a GRE total score of at least 305 with a Quantative score of at least 160 and a verbal score at least 145.
- Student must show evidence of taking the following courses as an undergraduate student: Computer Science Majors: Networks, Database, and Software Engineering Computer Engineering Majors: Networks, Signal Processing, and Electronics/Circuits Software Engineering Majors: Software Engineering 1, Software Engineering 2, and Networks
Students who qualify for the 30 hour degree plan cannot take
- CSE 5330: Database Systems
- CSE 5324: Software Engineering: Analysis, Design, and Testing
- CSE 5344: Computer Networks
All CSE classes now have wait lists. If a class is full, students can add themselves to the wait list. If seats become available, students on the wait list will be automatically enrolled. The capacity of a wait list is typically half of the capacity of the class. Although a student can enroll in up to 3 classes each semester, there is no limit of how many waiting lists a student can be on at a time. More information about wait lists can be found at: http://wweb.uta.edu/aao/recordsandregistration/content/student_services/waitlisting.aspx
If your degree plan has been finalized you should be able to register for classes as soon as registration opens. As such, the sooner you plan your program of work the better. In the event that a class that you must have in the current semester in order to graduate is full, speak with an advisor for assistance.
AIt’s a good idea to always have a second choice for your coursework in case you are simply not able to register for a specific course you want. Be open to take other classes; as enrollment grows and class demand increases, you may not be able to take every class you desire. There are multiple courses in each specialty area and some classes can be used in multiple specialties. More often than not there is another class that can be taken.
An International graduate student is required to enroll in 9 credit-hours in a long semester (fall, spring) in order to fulfill the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services guidelines. Any exceptions to this rule must be approved by the International Student Office (OIE). The valid reasons for seeking this exception are:
- You have finished all coursework and are left with less than 9 credit-hours (some of these are thesis-credits if you are under the thesis-option) to graduate.
- You are a non-thesis student who needs less than 9 hours of course work to complete your degree plan.
The procedure to seek an exception is as follows:
- Obtain a "LESS THAN FULL TIME ENROLLMENT REQUEST/WAIVER APPROVAL FORM" form from the International Office. Fill in only your Name, ID and current courses on the form.
- Take the form to a graduate advisor for signature.
- Turn in the signed form to OIE for final approval.
To qualify for CPT, MS students must have a GPA of at least 3.0 and must have completed at least half of their course work. Undergraduate pre-requisite courses should not be included in this count. PhD and master’s thesis students wishing to pursue CPT must also have the consent of their supervising professor.
CPT employers and the specific job training opportunity must be approved by a CSE graduate advisor as part of the student's CPT application process. This will require a written job proposal from the employer that addresses how the specific job/work assignment will directly enhance the student's CS/CSE degree. Offer letters from employers must include the employment start and end date, pay rate, and either the specific number of hours to be worked each week or a specification that the job is full or part time.
All Students are admitted by default to UTA on the non-thesis degree plan. If you wish to switch to the thesis degree plan, you must find a professor on campus who you would like to do research with. That professor must email the graduate advisor to ask that the student be changed to the thesis plan. The advisor will then change the student’s degree plan to the thesis plan.
Graduate advisors only work on student MAPs after a student has applied for graduation. The advisors receive a list of all students who applied for graduation and then work on the MAPs accordingly. Advisors will only contact a student if there is an issue or problem with the MAP. If you apply for graduation and do not hear from your advisor, then there is no problem with your MAP. However, if you are contacted about your MAP, please respond quickly to avoid problems with your graduation at the end of the term.
If you are not graduating but have questions about your MAP, before seeing an advisor please fill out a degree plan and consult the CSE master’s degree guide. The guide will answer most of your questions. If you still have questions after reviewing your degree plan and the guide, please contact an advisor for assistance.
Any student wishing to be awarded their degree must apply for graduation via their MyMav Student Service Center. See www.uta.edu/records/graduation/deadlines.php for how and when to apply for graduation. Students must apply for graduation to receive their degree, regardless of whether or not they plan to attend the commencement ceremony.
Commencement information can be found at https://www.uta.edu/engineering/commencement. The ceremonies are handled exclusively by the Dean’s Office of each UTA department. Students who are awarded their degree in a summer term are invited to participate in the following fall commencement ceremonies.
- Masters: https://cse.uta.edu/future-students/graduate/MS/MSGuide.pdf
- PhD: https://cse.uta.edu/future-students/graduate/PhD/phd-program-guide-page1.php