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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

University Health Services/Immunization Information

UMass Disability Services

Living at UMASS Amherst

Off-Campus Housing at UMASS Amherst

International Programs Office (IPO)

Non-Assistantship/Masters Employment

Academic Calendar

 

Master's students can be employed in graduate hourly positions across campus.

Effective with the cohort entering in Fall 2016, students in terminal master's programs in the College of Information and Computer Sciences are ineligible for assistantships in the college or elsewhere on campus. Exceptions can be granted only if supported by the Chair of the Faculty and approved by the Dean of the College, in extraordinary circumstances needed to meet instructional or research needs.

Resources 

Fellowships and Scholarships

 

NEW Fall 2021 Master'S Students

UMass Amherst Graduate School Orientation August 28

CICS Fall 2021 Orientation August 30th - View our orientation presentation at this link.

Master's Contact and Arrival Information

The first day of classes is September 1, 2021. We recommend you arrive one week prior to this date if you plan to be on campus for the Spring semester. All new international students should arrive on campus to check-in with IPO prior to September 1.

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 schedule happening August 26-28.

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 programs manager, Eileen Hamel at ehamel@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 2021 courses on June 1. 

Registration information can be found here.

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

Effective with the cohort entering in Fall 2016, students in terminal master's programs in the College of Information and Computer Sciences are ineligible for assistantships in the college or elsewhere on campus. Exceptions can be granted only if supported by the Chair of the Faculty and approved by the Dean of the College, in extraordinary circumstances needed to meet instructional or research needs.

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NEW Fall 2021 PhD STUDENTS

UMass Amherst Graduate School Orientation August 28

CICS Fall 2021 PhD Welcome August 31st - View our orientation presentation at this link.

The first day of classes is September 1, 2021 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 programs manager, PhD Advisor, Eileen Hamel at ehamel@cs.umass.edu. 

 

Course ENROLLMENT

Please review the MS/PhD Course Requirements or PhD Course Requirements before selecting your Fall 2021 courses. 

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 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 an enrollment 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 must submit proof of immunization to the University Health Services Office. Please visit the link and follow the instructions provided.