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MS Program Advising (updated March 2020)

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.  AS OF MARCH 13, 2020- ALL MEETINGS WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY AND OR VIA  EMAIL. Elizabeth is still ready to assist all MS students in choosing classes for Fall 2020 and supporting MS students. 

You may also call CICS Advising (413) 545-4822 to make an appointment, or send Elizabeth an eparolski [at] umass.edu (subject: MS%20Advising%20Question) (email.)

Advising walk-in hours: POSTPONED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SPRING 2020 SEMESTER.  Please email Elizabeth for an appointment. 


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 2020 survey. 

2020-2021 Changes To Course Offering Plan 

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

Pre-Approved Non-Computer Science Courses


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

Looking for information regarding CPT and OPT? Check out this CICS Careers Page.


UMASS Resources

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! 

UMASS Center for Counseling & Psychological Health


MS Concentration Information:

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

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