Michelle Mora, Ph.D.
Advisors at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) are committed to enhancing the undergraduate experience for students in our programs. Working alongside students and faculty, professional advisors help students navigate through their academic programs with the goal of ensuring academic success and professional growth.
The University requires that students meet with their advisors every semester in order to ensure they are enrolled in the right courses to meet requirements for their degree. Once the student meets with their advisor, they are given an AVN so they can register for that semester’s classes. Our professional advisors are good resources to help students: 1) Connect with people and offices across campus; 2) Get the information they need to succeed at the University at Albany; and 3) Take advantage of all that UAlbany has to offer.
Students should make sure to read the weekly emails from [email protected] as those emails provide important information about how and when students can prepare for their advisement appointments.
The Graduate Handbook contains information about procedures and requirements to assist students in the Department of Computer Science. It should be used as a supplement to the University’s Graduate Bulletin, the Schedule of Classes, Academic Calendar and other official publications of the University and Department of Computer Science. It must be remembered, however, that programs, courses, and requirements are frequently modified. As a result, this Handbook may not include the most recent information. It is essential that students maintain frequent and close contact with their advisors to ensure that all requirements are met.
The final responsibility for pursuing a successful graduate program, organizing and concluding its many parts, remains with each student. Each student has the primary responsibility for being aware of and satisfying the requirements and policies of his/her program. Students are encouraged to seek advice from their advisors, department chair and professors. Ultimately, the student is responsible for navigating a successful program schedule to the award of his/her degree.
Every graduate student must provide evidence of a basic level of competency in discrete mathematics. This competency is a pre-requisite for many graduate courses, including several required courses and should be taken in the first year of study. The student can demonstrate competency in discrete mathematics in two ways.
Passing the Discrete Mathematics Examination: The Discrete Mathematics Examination (DME) is given on registration day at the beginning of each term. Students can take the DME a maximum of two times. Please make sure you are adequately prepared when signing up for the test. A student’s grade for the examination will be a pass or a fail. A pass permits registration for any course requiring a discrete mathematics prerequisite. Announcements regarding DME review sessions are made via Blackboard.
Grade of B+ or better in ICSI 521: ICIS 521 is offered in both the Fall and Spring semesters. Students who receive a grade of B+ or better will satisfy the discrete mathematics competency requirement.
The Placement Exam is offered shortly before the semester begins. If you are required to take this exam you will receive notice in your admissions letter. This exam tests for core CS deficiencies and requires that you take them in your first semester here.
Students that decide to enroll in the degree program will have access to the Blackboard page for the exam, which gives them an opportunity to review before taking the exam. Once the exam is graded, you will meet with an advisor to review your results and register for classes. Learn more about the placement exam review questions.
- Admission to Candidacy - This form is submitted to Graduate Education once you have completed your oral qualifying exam.
- Sample of Dissertation Approval - This document is submitted to Graduate Education once you have successfully defended and published your dissertation.
- LaTeX Template - This template is used for formatting an Albany Ph.D. Dissertation
- Degree Conferral Form - This document is submitted to Graduate Education when all other requirements of your Ph.D. program have been met.
- Transfer Credit Form - Please note that all transfer credit requests must be approved by the Graduate Curriculum Committee.
- Internal Milestone Forms - Ph.D. students should complete this form twice. Once after completing their Oral Qualifying Exam and another after successful defense of your dissertation. Completed forms should be sent to [email protected]