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New Student Information

Welcome to CICS!

The College strives to provide students not only with a world-class education but also with the unique experience that comes from living in the Amherst area. In this section, you will find information about orientation for incoming MS and PhD students as well as other information that will be helpful as you begin your life as a graduate student here at UMASS Amherst,

 

Getting to Amherst

UMASS Visitors Center

Living at UMASS Amherst

Off-Campus Housing at UMASS Amherst

International Programs Office (IPO)

Non-Assistantship/Masters Employment

Resources 

Support & Awards

 

Incoming MS Students

MS Student Orientation Schedule

Here is a schedule of orientation events:

Date

Time

Event

Location

January 17 & 18, 2020   International Student Orientation

https://www.umass.edu/ipo/iss/arrivals-and-orientation

January 16, 2020

 

CICS New Student Orientation

Computer Science Building 

140 Governors Drive, Amherst 

 

College of Information and Computer Sciences Orientation Meeting:

Please do not miss this meeting! It is the most important orientation event for all new MSCS graduate students. This meeting is mandatory for all new Masters students.

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MS Contact and Arrival Information

The first day of classes is Tuesday, January 21, 2020.  We recommend you arrive one week prior to this date. Consider arriving even earlier if you will be looking for housing. Please note that during the month of January the temperatures can range from -2 degrees to 32 degrees Fahrenheit and students should plan to bring winter clothing including boots, hats and gloves, and winter coats.

If you are an international student and will be attending the orientation activities, please check the International Program Office's (IPO) website at https://www.umass.edu/ipo/iss/arrivals-and-orientation for detailed information about their orientation. 

If you have additional questions, please feel free to send an email to our Graduate Program Manager, Eileen Hamel at ehamel@cs.umass.edu or (413) 545-3640. You may also contact our Graduate Program Assistant, Malaika Ross at maross@cs.umass.edu or (413) 545-4852.

 

Our mailing address is:

College of Information and Computer Sciences

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Computer Science Building

140 Governors Drive, Amherst, MA 01003

 

We look forward to seeing you at our new student orientation!

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Courses

MS students are required to:

  • Satisfy 4 Core Requirements (at least one from each area)

  • Complete 30-course credits meeting the Course Requirements (core courses taken to satisfy core requirements are included)

Students interested in research are encouraged to participate in independent study research after their first semester of coursework.

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MS FAQ's

Q: What funding options are available to MS students?

A: For MS students, the College of Information and Computer Sciences does not provide financial support.  (The only exception is UMass Amherst undergraduates admitted via the Bay State Fellowship Program).  The only form of financial aid available is in the form of student loans for U.S. citizens or permanent residents. We do offer a small number of hourly grader positions which students may apply for after completing their first semester. Please look at campus employment for jobs through the University.

Q: Where do I find my bill and when is it due?

A: Graduate bills are posted after add/drop ends because you are billed according to the number of credits you are enrolled in. Bills are due 3 weeks after add/drop ends.

 

 

Date

Time

Event

Location

TBD

 

New Student Orientation

 

College of Information and Computer Sciences Orientation Meeting:

Please do not miss this meeting! It is the most important orientation event for all new CS PhD students and will be held on TBD.  You will have the opportunity to meet current PhD students and ask questions about the program and life in Amherst! This meeting is mandatory for all new PhD students.

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PhD Contact and Additional Information

The first day of classes is TBD and we recommend that you arrive one week prior to this date. Consider arriving even earlier if you will be looking for housing. If you are an international student and will be attending the orientation activities, please check the IPO's website at https://www.umass.edu/ipo/iss/orientation-schedules for detailed information about their orientation.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to send an email to our Graduate Program Manager, Eileen Hamel at ehamel@cs.umass.edu or (413) 545-3640. You may also contact our Graduate Program Assistant, Malaika Ross at maross@cs.umass.edu or (413) 545-4852.

We look forward to seeing you at our new student orientation!

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PhD FAQ's

Q: What funding options are available for PhD students?

A: For PhD students, it is our policy to provide financial aid (assistantships) to those admitted students requesting it (with occasional exceptions). Stipends come in the form of Research/Teaching Assistantships. 

Q: Where can I find more information about course requirements for the Ph.D. program?

A: Please see our webpage here: https://www.cics.umass.edu/grads/phd-requirements