Faculty Recruiting Support CICS

MS Program Advising

CICS Advising helps students pursuing their Master's of Science in Computer Science. Graduate students pursuing the Ph.D. should see their assigned advisor.


Schedule an appointment: Elizabeth Parolski is the MS Program Academic Advisor. Click here to make an appointment with Elizabeth. Appointments should be requested at least 24 hours in advance. You may send Elizabeth an eparolski [at] umass.edu (subject: MS%20Advising%20Question) (email), as well.


Fall '23 Add/Drop Drop-In Advising: 

From Tuesday, September 5 until Friday, September 15, every weekday from 2-4pm in CS 243.

During the Fall '23 add/drop period, stop by CS 245, no appointment needed, for advising assistance. These advising sessions are open to current MS in CS students only. 

NOTE- There is no drop-in advising on Thursday, September 14, due to an MS event at the same time. 


Fall '23 Drop-In Advising:  tbd

Non-add/drop drop-in advising is held in CS building 102. 

Course selection & Planning Resources:

MS Requirements 

List of MS Core Classes

Course Load Survey- CICS Graduate Students were polled on the amount of time they spent on their classes. Results are from the January 2021 survey.

CICS Course Offering Plan
This is a plan in every sense of the word, things can change.

Pre-Approved Non-Computer Science Courses

Information about the Data Science Industry Mentorship Class- CS 696DS

MS Advising Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

For answers to commonly asked CICS MS questions check out the FAQ! The FAQ will answer your questions about taking a class Pass/Fail, which classes can be taken from outside CICS, and more! Bookmark this page, as it is updated frequently. FAQ

Independent Study FAQ

MS Concentration Information

Field Experience Concentration This concentration is the ONLY way for international students to work more than 20 hours a week during Fall or Spring semesters. 

Data Science Concentration  For specific questions regarding the data science concentration please reach out to Professor Andrew Lan. 

Security Concentration    For specific questions regarding the security concentration please reach out to Professor Brian Levine. 

OPT & CPT Information

CPT Directions 

OPT Information for CICS Graduate Students

How to Get Social Security Number

UMASS Support Resources

UMass Graduate Student Commons

UMass Student Resources Hub 
This site is a comprehensive list of the many UMASS Resources from Legal Services, to Off-Campus Housing Resources, and more! If you do not know where to start looking for things, start here! 

UMass University Health Services (UHS) Student Health Benefit Plan Explanations

UMass Center for Counseling & Psychological Health

UMass Office of Disability Support- What students need to report accommodations both in and outside of the classroom