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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.

Fall '20 CICS Graduate Student Orientation 

Fall '20 UMass Graduate School Orienation

Getting to Amherst

UMASS Visitors Center

Living at UMASS Amherst

Off-Campus Housing at UMASS Amherst

International Programs Office (IPO)

Non-Assistantship/Masters Employment

Master's students can be employed in hourly positions across campus. CICS policy does not permit Master's students to earn more than $5,762 during the academic semester as it exceeds the threshold for a tuition waiver. Tuition waivers are only available to Bay State Fellows and PhD students.

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NEW FAll 2020 Master'S Students

Orientation

College of Information and Computer Sciences Orientation: http://www.cics.umass.edu/grad-orientation-2020.  Page will go live on Friday, 8/21 at 11am EST

Register for the LIVE Question and Answer Session for New MS Students- Tuesday, August 25, at 10am, Eastern Standard Time. This will be recorded and posted on the Graduate Student Orientation site

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Master's Contact and Arrival Information

The first day of classes is Monday, August 24, 2020.  We recommend you arrive one week prior to this date if you plan to be on campus for the Fall semester. However, all courses will be offered online and if you have a September 1, lease, you will be able to start your program online until you arrive. 

If you are an international student and will be attending the IPO 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. 

The MS Academic Advising page has lots of helpful information, such as an faq, program overview, and may answer many of your questions. 

If you have additional questions, please send an email to your academic advisor, Elizabeth Parolski at eparolski@cs.umass.edu or the graduate program manager, Eileen Hamel at ehamel@cs.umass.edu. You may also contact our graduate program assistant, Malaika Ross at maross@cs.umass.edu.

 

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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Course ENROLLMENT

Please review the master's program Course Requirements along with the Core Requirements before selecting your fall 2020 courses. All fall 2020 courses will be offered online.

Registration information can be found here.

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

The CICS policy does not allow MS students to be hired on an assistantship at CICS unless the student is a Baystate Fellow. MS students may be hired by other departments as a TA only, but CICS policy limits the stipend to prohibit a tuition waiver.

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NEW Fall 2020 PhD STUDENTS

Orientation

College of Information and Computer Sciences Orientation: http://www.cics.umass.edu/grad-orientation-2020.  Page will go live on Friday, 8/21 at 11am EST. 

There will be follow-up orientation live sessions for Q&A as the semester progresses. We will have current PhD students at the live sessions to answer your questions, too!

The first day of classes is August 24th 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 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. You may also contact our graduate program assistant, Malaika Ross at maross@cs.umass.edu.

 

Course ENROLLMENT

Please review the MS/PhD Course Requirements or PhD Course Requirements before selecting your fall 2020 courses. Many of our courses will be offered online for the fall 2020 semester. 

Registration information can be found here.

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FAQ for all graduate students

Where do I submit my official transcript?

 

-All graduate students, remote start or on campus, must mail request their official transcript be mailed to the University Graduate School directly from their undergraduate institution. Delay in receipt of the official transcript will create a hold on a student account.

Address to request an official transcript be mailed to: 

Graduate Student Service Center
534 Goodell Building
University of Massachusetts
140 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9333

Where do i submit my immunization record?

 

All graduate students, remote start or on campus, must submit proof of immunization to the University Health Services Office. Please visit the link and follow the instructions provided.