Welcome to the Graduate Student Website

As one of the 370+ active students in this multi-year program you are sure to have many questions about all aspects of your graduate experience. Our goal with this site is to make it easy for you to find the information you need in a timely and efficient manner. Take a few minutes to peruse the main items to your left. You will find information on courses and degree requirements, student resources, policies and procedures for each step of your degree and graduation as well as other helpful links! For more information or questions specific to your degree plan, please contact our Graduate Student Services Coordinator or Director of Graduate Studies:


Abhishek Chandra: Director of Graduate Studies


Sara Howard: Computer Science Program Administrator/Academic Advisor

Fall Academic Office Hours

Sara Howard Advising Hours  MS/MCS MS in Data Science & PhD

Monday - Thursday 9:00am- 10:30am with scheduled appointments available:  csgrad.appointments.umn.edu

Useful hours, and phone numbers

Department of Computer Science and Engineering Office
Office Hours: M-F: 8:00 am- 4:30pm. Phone: (612) 625-4002

Graduate Admissions Office
Office Hours: M-F: 8:00 am- 4:30pm. Phone: (612) 625-3014

Graduate Student Services and Progress Office
Office Hours: M-F: 8:00 am- 4:00pm. Phone: (612) 625-3490

Graduate Assistant Office
Office Hours: M-F: 8:00 am- 4:00pm. Phone: (612) 624-7070

Ph. D. in Computer Science

The PhD program in the Computer Science and Engineering (CS&E) department consists of three components: coursework, research, and thesis preparation. Throughout your career as a doctoral student you will receive support from your Academic Advisor(s), peer and research groups, departmental program administrator as well as a number of individuals across campus who work to best facilitate your progress through your degree program.

M.S in Computer Science / M.S of Computer Science

An M.S. degree requires at least 31 total credits. There are three options for the M.S. degree, Plan A thesis, Plan B project and Plan C course work. The Minor Field is defined as a minimum of 6 semester credits of coursework outside CS in a single department of the College of Science and Engineering adn is awarded by that department. The MCS degree (Master’s of Computer Science) is our course work only degree; most applicants to this degree are interested in expanding their skills but are not interested in the research aspects of computer science.