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CS Overrides - Grads

Overrides for Graduate Students

The College of Information and Computer Sciences only allows students who have met the stated prerequisite(s) and who meet the eligibility requirements to be considered for enrollment, subject to available seats.

Specific Information for Graduate Students

  1. Priority is given to CS Grads for COMPSCI Grad courses.
  2. Priority is given to CS Undergrads for COMPSCI Undergraduate courses.
  3. Non-CS Grads and Undergrads request overrides and will not be considered until after CS Grads enroll.  Decisions on other student requests subject to available seats.
  4. 500-level COMPSCI courses generally have two sections; Lect 01 for Undergraduates (with set prerequisites), and Lect 02 for Graduates (with set eligibility restrictions).
  5. If you are a TA, remember to login as a student or you will have trouble enrolling.
  6. 701 Master's Project and 899 PhD Dissertation are requested via the override form (See Graduate Program Manager if you have questions).
  7. Independent Study requires paper form (CS Main Office).

Override Request

There are changes starting with F18 Registration (see FAQs).  Students who are not eligible to enroll themselves in COMPSCI courses (for various reasons) need to file an Override Request through the on-line form.  You will eventually receive confirmation email for each request (unless you submit duplicate requests for the same course).

The Override Form for Spring 2019 is now open

CHART: How to Register-Graduates

Override Form - Spring 2019

FAQ:  What is happening?  Did something change for F18 Registration?  Yes.  CS Grads will no longer be requesting overrides and will enroll on SPIRE and/or add to a SPIRE Waitlist.

FAQ:  I can't register on SPIRE because the course is FULL, but I am a CS Grad Student. Do I request an override?  No.  Starting for F18 Registration, eligible students will not request overrides.  You will either enroll directly into the course or put yourself on the SPIRE Waitlist, if there are spaces.  If not, then you will need to try again when seats open.

FAQ: I want to register for a CPE grad course but it says I need an enrollment appointment? CS students may request an enrollment appointment through CPE here: https://www.umass.edu/cpe/enroll/enrollment-appointments 

FAQ:  I can't register on SPIRE because I am not a CS Grad Student and the course is restricted to only this group of students. Do I request an override? Yes.  You will not be able to enroll yourself on SPIRE because the course is restricted to CS Grads.  Request an override and indicate why you would like to be considered for the course.  Priority will be given to CS Grads and others who have special priority, i.e., Data Science Certificate Students, 4+1 Students.

FAQ:  I'm an ECE Grad Student.  I was told that I will only hear about my request if there is an available seat?  Why is that?  How will I know my request was not lost?  CS Grads will always be given priority and the CS Graduate Program enrollment is growing rapidly every semester.  We are less likely to have seats for other graduate students.  You will still receive a confirmation email to know that we received your request.  We have been processing override requests for many semesters and have no record of lost requests, however, we do delete duplicate requests.

FAQ:  I'm a Data Science Certificate Graduate Student with an application on file.  What do I do to register?  Request overrides for the courses you wish to be considered for noting your preference.  Be sure to indicate on each request that you are a "DS Cert Student on file".

FAQ:  I'm an Information Security Certificate Graduate Student.  What do I do to register?  Register for courses through Continuing and Professional Education (CPE):  umassulearn.net

FAQ:  I'm a Graduate Exchange Student.  How do I register?  Enroll on SPIRE if you can, or request an override.