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CIS Graduate Handbook Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

  • What is the pre-approval process for a 400-level course?
    • Before registering for the course, get approval from the Graduate Program Co-Director (Dr. Adnan El-Nasan) by emailing the following information: your name and ID, the course number and title, a statement of “I have not taken this class or any similar classes in my undergraduate and graduate studies”. Make sure to attach a copy of your transcripts (undergraduate and graduate).

 

  • What is the pre-approval process for a course from another department?
    • Email the following information to the Graduate Program Co-Director (Dr. Adnan El-Nasan): your name, ID, current transcript, and a request from your MS project/thesis adviser if your adviser recommended the course for you.

 

  • What is the pre-approval process for online courses?
    • Email the Graduate Program Co-Director (Dr. Adnan El-Nasan) to get approval with the following information: your name, ID, the course number and title, list of all online courses (with course number and title) that you have taken or are currently enrolled, a statement of “I have not taken / currently enrolled in more than 1 online course” and your graduate transcripts.
    • With the pre-approval, you can enroll in the course by 1) contacting University Enrollment Center (UEC), Foster Administration First floor, or 2) requesting a permission number from the course instructor and then using it for enrollment in COIN.
    • Be aware: Students in on-site MS program may take at most two UMass Dartmouth CIS graduate-level (500 and above) online courses out of the entire MS program duration, with additional provisions and constrained by Course Combination Policy. It is solely your responsibility to ensure all the specified policies are observed in order to count the online course towards your CIS-MS degree.

 

  • Who should I contact for pre-requisite verification?

 

If you are admitted into the MS program with some pre-requisite courses required and you believe that you had such courses taken before, you need to email the following information to the Graduate Program Co-Director (Dr. Adnan El-Nasan) for verification:

  • your name, ID, the syllabus of the course you took and consider equivalent to the pre-requisite course required, your transcript with this course and its grade.

 

  • Who should I contact for transfer course approval?

 

If you plan to transfer graduate course(s) from another accredited institution of higher learning (maximum of 6 credits, grade B- or better), you need to email the following information to the Graduate Program Co-Director (Dr. Adnan El-Nasan) for verification:

  • the course number, title, description, syllabus, and your transcript with such course and its grade.

 

  • Who should I contact when I need a signature from the Graduate Program Director?
    • Jiawei Yuan: Reduced course load form, CPT/OPT applications, MS project continuation, Graduate student-program transition request form, Directed study form
    • Adnan El-Nasan or Dr. Jiawei Yuan: Master’s Thesis signature page
    • CIS department office (sears@umassd.edu): EGR 500 request

 

  • Where is the CIS MS Degree Graduation Requirement Checkoff Sheet?

 

 

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