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Graduate Students Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can you tell me if I will get into your Program?
  2. How to Apply?
  3. What GRE Scores do you require?
  4. What are your requirements?
  5. What is the cost?
  6. Where do I send my application materials?
  7. What kind of financial aid do you offer?
  8. What is the most common type of assistance you offer MS students?
  9. When is my deadline to apply?
  10. If I am transferring, how many credits can I transfer?
  11. Are Jobs with the Department available?
  12. Who is my advisor?
  13. How can i change advisors?
  14. Where do i find information about graduate requirements?
  15. As a new MS student, what classes should I take?
  16. What classes can I take outside the Department?
  17. Will a 6000 level ECE class count as one of my 4 6000 level CS classes in MS?
  18. I just retook a class and the second time I received a C- what can I do?
  19. I have 23 credits total and I’m doing a Plan A, Can I register for 7 credits instead of 6 for thesis (6970)?
  20. I have 30 credits total and I’m doing a Plan B, Can I register for 4 credits instead of 2 or 3 for thesis (6970)?
  21. I started in Fall 2009 and summer is over. I have not met the algorithms placement area, what is going to happen?
  22. Can I take Classes not on my POS, and/or take more classes then on my POS?
  23. I have already taken 13 5000 level credits. I want to take another 5000 level class that is 3 credits can I?
  24. What happens if I quit my job during the middle of the semester?
  25. There are only 7 days before the end of the semester, and everyone on my committee has read my thesis and they say it’s ready to defend. Graduate school says they will waiver the 10 day requirement for the defense if the Department will. Will it?
  26. How many credits am I required to take each semester?
  27. A full-time matriculated graduate student must be one of the following.
  28. What is a reduced course load form and where do I get it?
  29. How do I take an independent study course-5950, 6950, 7950?
  30. How do I register for Thesis Credits-6950 and 7950?
  31. If I drop classes after grades are posted will the grade count against me.
  32. When do i have to have my committee formed?
  33. When do I need to turn in my POS?
  34. What will happen if I turn in my POS late?
  35. What if I take a different class that is not listed on my POS?
  36. I am a Masters student how do I switch to a different plan?

1) Can you tell me if I will get into your Program?

If you meet the minimum requirements set by graduate school and the Department you will be accepted.

a) For MS Our requirements can be found here: MS and MCS Course Requirements & Program of Study Requirements

b) These are in addition to graduate schools requirements that can be found at: http://usu.edu/graduateschool/apply/requirements.cfm  

2) How to Apply?

Apply here. To check your application status you may login at any time into where you applied. Or go here.

3) What GRE Scores do you require?

We require you receive at least an 80% in the Quantitive and 40% in Verbal and Analytical If you fall below this, you must make up for it in other areas. It will be up to the review committee to decide if you make up for it in another area. The review committee will only look at completed applications forwarded to them from graduate school.

4) What are your requirements?

Our requirements can be found at:

MS and MCS Course Requirements & Program of Study Requirements These are in addition to graduate schools requirements that can be found at: http://usu.edu/graduateschool/apply/requirements.cfm  

5) What is the cost?

http://usu.edu/budget/documents/tuitionfees/  

6)Where do I send my application materials?

School of Graduate Studies
Attention: Kimberly Wangsgaard
0900 Old Main Hill
Logan , UT 84322-0900

7) What kind of financial aid do you offer?

For information on Financial aid go to:

Financial Aid Information  

8) What is the most common type of assistance you offer MS students

Most MS students receive an out of state tuition waiver with graduate school. This is not a guarantee. In order to qualify you will need to find an on campus graduate assistant position job that pays at least 833 per month. To receive a nonresident tuition award, you must be employed for the total semester, except for any beginning or ending week that has less than four class or test days.

If you do receive a waiver, please familiarize yourself with the rules, that can be found at:
http://www.usu.edu/graduateschool/financial/tuitionwaiverpolicy.cfm  

If you do not follow any of them, you may lose your waiver or be required to pay it back. There are no waivers awarded during summer semester for MS students

For information on financial aid go to:
http://www.cs.usu.edu/grad_financial_assistance.html?id=163  

9) When is my deadline to apply?

MS and MCS Graduate Application Deadlines:

        To be considered for Financial Aid - March 1st

         International Students without being considered for Financial Aid - May 1st

         Domestic Students without being cosidered for Financial Aid - June 15th

PhD Application Deadlines:

         Fall - March 1st

10) If I am transferring, how many credits can I transfer?

Your committee and the dean of graduate school will have to approve of any credits you transfer. If approved, you can transfer up to 12 semester credits earned before matriculation at USU. However, the credits cannot have been used for another degree. Credits with a P grade cannot be transferred. Transfer credits cannot replace required residency credits. As a MS student you must take at least 24 credit hours at USU. Transfer credits more than eight years old are not acceptable. Transfer credits will be shown on official USU transcripts upon completion of the degree.

11) Are Jobs with the Department available?

Email Vicki Anderson ( vicki.anderson@usu.edu )

12) Who is my advisor?

Upon admissions. all graduate students are given a temporary advisor. Email Genie Hanson ( genie.hanson@usu.edu ) if you do not know who your advisor is.

13) How can i change advisors?

Graduate Students don't generally change their initial, temporary advisor, untill they form there graduate committee. If you already have a permanent advisor and want to change because you are not making progress contactEmail genie Hanson ( genie.hanson@usu.edu ) if you have additional questions.

14) Where do i find information about graduate requirements?

MS and MCS Course Requirements & Program of Study Requirements

15) As a new MS student, what classes should I take?

As a new MS student you must take the CS 6900 class. This is a one credit class that will go over all the Department requirements.

You must also pass the algorithms data structures placement exam or take 2420 or 5050. If you pass the exam the first time you can take 5050 but do not have to. If you pass it the second time, you can either take 2420 or 5050. If you do not pass it at all you must take 2420.

The 15th credit of 5000, if you are plan A you will only want to take a maximum of 12 credits, otherwise you will end up needing more than 30 credits in order to fulfill the 4 courses of CS 6000 or above requirement

Throughout your degree you can only take 15 credits of 5000 level classes. So you may not want to take to many 5000 level classes at first. As long as you meet all other requirements, and your committee approves, you can take what you want. It must be 5000 or above to include on POS.

For a list of requirements go to: MS and MCS Course Requirements & Program of Study Requirements

16) What classes can I take outside the Department?

In order for a class to count outside the Department, it must be a 5000 level class or above, and must have a letter grade. Also, all your committee members must approve of the class.

17) Will a 6000 level ECE class count as one of my 4 6000 level CS classes in MS?

NO, it will not.

18) I just retook a class and the second time I received a C- what can I do?

You are not allowed to take the course a third time. That course and grade will remain on your transcript and be computed in your matriculated graduate and CS 5000 level GPA.

19) I have 23 credits total and I’m doing a Plan A, Can I register for 7 credits instead of 6 for thesis (6970)?

No.

20) I have 30 credits total and I’m doing a Plan B, Can I register for 4 credits instead of 2 or 3 for thesis (6970)?

No.

21) I started in Fall 2009 and summer is over. I have not met the algorithms placement area, what is going to happen?

If you are a oncampus student you will be terminated from the program. If you are a distance Ed student, you will have more time, but you will need to pass it before your POS can be approved.

22) Can I take Classes not on my POS, and/or take more classes then on my POS?

Yes but graduate school will charge you for tuition even if you have the waiver.

23) I have already taken 13 5000 level credits. I want to take another 5000 level class that is 3 credits can I?

Yes, however, you can only count two credits on your POS. So you will be responsible for all tuition on the 1 credit you can not include on the POS.

24) What happens if I quit my job during the middle of the semester?

Change in employment may cause you to lose your tuition waiver. It is expected that when you accept the job, you stick with it for the entire semester.

25) There are only 7 days before the end of the semester, and everyone on my committee has read my thesis and they say it’s ready to defend. Graduate school says they will waiver the 10 day requirement for the defense if the Department will. Will it?

No.

26) How many credits am I required to take each semester?

If you are an international student you must always have at least 9 credits, otherwise you will need to fill out a reduced course load form with graduate school.

27) A full-time matriculated graduate student must be one of the following.

1. Registered for 9 or more graduate credits; or

2. Registered for 6 or more graduate credits if employed as a graduate assistant for 15 hours per week or more; or

3. Registered for 3 graduate credits with all required coursework completed and only the research component of the degree remaining (the student’s Program of Study must have been submitted to the School of Graduate Studies); or

4. Registered for at least 3 graduate credits during the semester of the final thesis/dissertation defense or, in a nonthesis degree program, the last semester of coursework required on the student’s Program of Study.

5. Registered for at least 9 graduate credits for each semester in which the doctoral resident tuition award is received.

28) What is a reduced course load form and where do I get it?

As an international student, you must always take at least 9 credits per semester, or fill out a reduced course load form. There are only a few reasons why a student can fill out a reduced course load form.

They are:
They hold a graduate assistantship and are registered for 6 semester hours
This is their final semester before graduating (plan C)
Student is completing formal coursework and is working full time on thesis or dissertation
Student has completed formal coursework and is working full time on thesis or dissertation
Medical reasons

The form can be printed off the internet at:
http://rgs.usu.edu/graduateschool/forms/additional-forms  

29) How do I take an independent study course-5950, 6950, 7950?

There is a form available in our office that you will need to fill out and then get the professor you will be working under to sign it. Then return it to me. I will get Department Head to sign it. Once he signs it, I will allow you to register for the class. You can find the form here.

30) How do I register for Thesis Credits-6950 and 7950?

There is a form available in the office, that you will need to fill out and then get the professor you will be working under to sign it. Then return it to me. I will get Dr. Watson to sign it. Once he signs it, I will allow you to register for the class. You can find the form here.

31) If I drop classes after grades are posted will the grade count against me.

You cannot drop a class after grades are posted. However, you can remove it from your POS. The grade will be counted on your Matriculated Graduate GPA, CS 5000+GPA but not your POS GPA. Please remember, you must keep at least a 3.0 in your Masters program.

32) When do i have to have my committee formed?

You must have formed your committee by the last day of classes in your first semester of your Masters Program.

For Plan A and B you can choose your committee as long as one person is outside of your major professors specialization. For Plan C, it is a set committee form, so you must get the filled in form to Genie Hanson ( genie.hanson@usu.edu ).

33) When do I need to turn in my POS?

All on campus students must turn in their POS by the end of their second semester in your Masters program.

34) What will happen if I turn in my POS late?

Graduate school will do an audit the first two weeks of the semester. If you have been awarded a tuition award, you may lose your tuition award if it is turned in late.

35) What if I take a different class that is not listed on my POS?

You will need to turn in a change of program of study form to make the change. Everyone on your Committee must approve of it. Graduate school will accept just a letter from your major professor; however Department rules require everyone on your committee to approve and not just your major professor. If you take a class and do not change it on your POS, you will have to repay back the tuition if you received a waiver on it, and you will also not be able to graduate .

36) I am a Masters student how do I switch to a different plan?

If you are switching from plan A to B or Vice Versa, you will need to make the changes to your POS to reflect this (6 to 2 ( or 3) credits of 6970, and 30 to 34 credits of coursework ). On the comments you will need to make sure you include the comment switching plans. If you are switching to or From Plan C, you will need to form a new committee.