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Dept. of Computer Science
California State Univ.
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18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330
Phone (818) 677-3398
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COMPUTER SCIENCE MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAM

Announcements

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October 2, 2009 --Applications for Spring 2010 must be submitted by October 15, 2009.

August 2, 2006 -- 2 year time limit on RP grades being enforced

The University catalog states: A grade of Report in Progress (RP) is assigned

 for Thesis/Graduate Project and similar courses where assigned work frequently remains to be completed at the end of the semester in which the grade is given. The RP grade must be converted to a traditional letter grade within 2 years. Extensions to this time limit will no longer be entertained so you must complete your thesis or project within 2 years of receiving an RP grade.

August 2, 2006 -- NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The National Science Foundation aims to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the United States and to reinforce its diversity by offering approximately 1,000 graduate fellowships in this competition. The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based masterís or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are at the early stages of their graduate study. The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) invests in graduate education for a cadre of diverse individuals who demonstrate their potential to successfully complete graduate degree programs in disciplines relevant to the mission of the National Science Foundation.  URL : http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf06592

August 31, 2005 -- NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based masterís or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are at the early stages of their graduate study. The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) invests in graduate education for a cadre of diverse individuals who demonstrate their potential to successfully complete graduate degree programs in disciplines relevant to the mission of the National Science Foundation.  Deadline:  November 8, 2005.  More details here.

July 28, 2005 -- Change in GRE Requirements for Admission

The Department has modified its admissions requirements so that applicants with a Computer Science undergraduate degree are no longer required to provide GRE scores if their GPA is over 3.0. Please see here for more details.

September 21, 2004 -- 9th Annual CSUN Student Research and Creative Works Symposium

The University will hold its Ninth Annual campus-wide Student Research and Creative Works Symposium on Friday November 19, 2004 in the University Student Union, Grand Salon. The purpose of the symposium is to highlight student achievement and to inform the campus community of the excellent quality and diversity of research and creative activity being conducted by undergraduate and graduate students across all academic disciplines.

Due Nov. 1.

August 31, 2004 -- 2004-2005 Graduate Thesis, Project, or Performance Support Program

The Office of Graduate Studies has received funds to support costs incurred by classified graduate students currently working on research projects, artistic performances, and theses.  Awards up to $1,000 will be based on an application that describes the research and the anticipated costs.

Costs associated with travel to a research site, purchasing of supplies or minor equipment, and library searches are examples of expenditures that will be supported.  Photocopying and thesis binding costs will not be supported with these funds.

Applications are due on October 1, 2004The graduate coordinator also has a few in his office.

November 15 , 2003 -- East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) .

The East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) provide U.S. graduate students in science and engineering first-hand research experience in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, or Taiwan, an introduction to the science and science policy infrastructure of the respective location, and orientation to the culture and language.  Click here for more.

October 20, 2003 -- NDSEG Fellowships .

The Department of Defense has announced the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship program for the 2004-2005 school year.  NDSEG Fellowships are intended for students at or near the beginning of their graduate studies in many fields, including computer science.

The program provides the following benefits to students:

* $27,500 Personal Stipend for the First year, $28,000 the Second, and $28,500 the Third
* Full Tuition & Fees, Health Insurance Allowance
* 170 New Three Year Awards Expected
* No Military Service Obligation

The application deadline is January 9, 2004. See the website below for updates and application information.

Web address: http://www.asee.org/ndseg 

November 1, 2002 -- Students may no longer be admitted as PBU.

The University is no longer admitting PBU students.  This means that if you apply to the computer science master's program and are denied admission you will also not be admitted to the University in any sense and so will not be able to take classes at CSUN.  Your only options are to reapply to the computer science program at some later date after you've improved your chances of being admitted (by improving your GPA or retaking the GRE and improving your scores, e.g.) or attempt admission to another master's program by filing a Change of Objective form with Admissions and Records.

February 18, 2002 -- Important information for PBU students.

It is now more important than ever for PBU students to file a Change of Objective form and get admitted to the Computer Science Department.  Some of these reasons are:  1)  Because PBU students have such low registration priority and since many computer science classes are now restricted to students who are in a computer science degree program it is becoming increasingly difficult for PBU students to get classes;  2)  Since the demand for our program is so high, we cannot admit every student who applies, so our admission criteria is becoming increasingly more demanding.  This means a PBU student may take a number of graduate classes but then never get admitted to the program and, so, never get a degree;  3)  In the past we have routinely signed 12-unit rule violation waivers.  This will no longer be the case.  What this means is that we can only accept at most 12 units of graduate work taken before being fully classified.  Any additional classes taken cannot be used towards the M.S. degree.  For more on our policy for PBU students, please click here.

January 29, 2002 -- Meeting with Graduate Students?

We have not had a meeting with graduate students for some time.  Most students seem to get most of their questions answered by emailing me. However, if you are interested in having such a meeting this semester, please email me and if there is enough interest I will schedule a general meeting.

March 13, 2000 --  Important information about transferring classes to your master's program.

You can only transfer graduate level classes to your master's program.  For more information, please click here.

March 3, 1999 -- "V-Forms" are now available.

All graduate students must visit two Master's oral defenses before presenting their own defense.  You should bring a V-Form to the defense you visit so that you may fill it out and get the appropriate signatures.  You may get V-Form's from the department office (EN 2403) or from the graduate coordinator (EA 1447).   In order to help you find out when oral defenses are scheduled I will try to post the dates here on the Announcement page.  You can also call the department office (818 677-3398) to find out if there have been some scheduled that I might have neglected to post on this page.


February 1, 1999 -- New Program of Study forms are in.

The new Program of Study form is available from the computer science office (EN 2403) and from the graduate coordinator (EA 1447).  Please see the January 7 announcement below to learn more about this new form and when you need to fill it out.


January 7, 1999  --  Master's Degree requirements changes.

There have been a few changes made to the Master's Degree requirements.  In summary they are:

  • COMP 605 is no longer being offered.  Instead, your thesis work will consist of 3 units of COMP 696C and 3 units of COMP 698C.  To help you prepare to do your project or thesis work I will hold occasional evening meetings to discuss preparing proposals, forming a committee, etc.  Please check this announcement page for times and dates.

  • You may now select 3 classes from a selection of classes to form the core of your Program of Study.  This means you may now choose five courses as electives, two of which must be at the 500 level or higher.  For more details, click here.  New Program of Study forms reflecting these changes are not yet available.  Please watch this announcements page to find out when they become available.

  • You must attend at least two of your fellow students' oral defenses.  More details and information about the forms you will need to fill out will be coming soon to this page.

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Last updated: August 02, 2006.