Faculty Recruiting Support CICS

MS Program Advising (updated March 2021)

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.  For the 2020- 2021 academic year, all meetings are being held remotely. 

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.)

Course selection & Planning Resources:

Spring 2021 CICS Grad Student Orientation- Welcome to CICS! Learn about the MS program, and more! 

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

Spring 2021 Remote Teaching Plan CICS- Explains how each CICS class will be taught in Spring 2021 

Fall 2020 SAT/UNSat (Pass/Fail) Updates

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

MS Concentration Information

Field Experience Concentration NEW for Spring 2021!

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. 

OPT & CPT Information

Summer 2021 CPT Information

Semester-Time CPT Information for Fall 2021- Rules, processes, how to apply, and more

OPT Information for CICS Graduate Students

UMASS Support 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! 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