For smooth completion of the degree program, a student must follow various academic regulations as described below. Should a student want to switch from the MS in CS program to the MS in EE program (or vice versa), then the student needs to petition the graduate committee to have the record evaluated for admissibility. The DICE award status will not be effected. For information on financial aid, DICE awards and graduate assistantships please refer to the SCE Financial Assistance page.
A graduate degree indicates mastery of a coherent program in a chosen field and the ability to engage in creative projects in that specialty. The program of study is vital in assuring the completion of a formal program of study designed to ensure the mastery of specified knowledge and skills.
Forms for the program of study specification may be obtained from the CSEE Department Office. It is required that the program be approved by the student's graduate adviser and the graduate committe chair in the semester in which the student will complete 12 credit hours toward the degree, which is usually during the second semester of enrollment. It is then forwarded to the graduate officer for further approval and handling.
Once a program of study has been approved, it is the student's responsibility to ensure that all curricular requirements and prerequisites are satisfied. If a change in the approved program is needed, a petition must be submitted to the student's adviser who forwards it to the graduate committee for approval. It is not expected that more than four courses will change from the original program of study. If more than four courses are changed, then a new program of study should be filed.
Initially, the student will be advised by the academic adviser
assigned to them during the first semester of enrollment. In order
to enroll in any course, the student must have the signature of
the adviser. No student can enroll without such a signature. If a
student enrolls in a class without their adviser's signature or
approval, that class may not count toward graduation
requirements. Also see the section "Starting the Program".
In the semester that results in 12 hours of
credit toward the master's
degree, students should decide between a thesis option and a non-thesis
option. If students decide on a non-thesis option, they should consult
with their adviser and submit a plan of study for approval. If students
decide on a thesis option, they should seek a thesis adviser, who then
also becomes the academic adviser. The thesis adviser must be a full
member of the
graduate faculty and, in collaboration with the
student, will then appoint two other graduate or associate
graduate faculty members to be on the student's thesis committee.
The thesis committee may consist of more than three members, but
the majority of committee members must have full graduate faculty
status. Again, a plan of study must be submitted for approval.
A graduate student enrolled in the fall or spring semester in nine or more credit hours is considered full time. A graduate student enrolled in the summer semester in five or more credit hours is considered full time. Any student enrolled in less than the above number of hours is considered part time. A student who is enrolled for six credit hours during a regular semester may be considered full time if the student has at least a quarter-time graduate assistantship. A student's academic load may be restricted as deemed fit by the student's graduate adviser or the CSEE master's committee.
International students will be required to take an English Proficiency Test administered by the International Student Affairs Office. Performance on the test may result in the requirement that the student take one or more English language courses during the first semester.
Students holding graduate assistantships should take a minimum of six credit hours during each of the fall and spring semesters and a minimum of three credit hours during the summer session. However, GA/GTA/GRAs who have completed all coursework and who are working on research need to enroll in only one credit hour. International students must abide by the requirements of the U.S. Immigration Service and should consult the International Student Affairs Office regarding this matter.
To remain in good standing, the student must
enroll for at least one semester during each calendar year until
all the courses in the program of study are completed. After this
time, the student must be continuously enrolled each fall and
spring semester until the degree is awarded. The student must be
enrolled in the semester in which the degree will be received.
Students working as graduate assistants during the summer must be
enrolled during the summer semester. Failure to follow the above
policies will result in a need to apply for new admission to the
program under the degree requirements in effect at the time of
The student must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA
every semester. Deficiency courses, if any, must be passed with a B
(3.0) or higher. A 400-level course in which the student receives a
grade lower than B (3.0) can not be used to satisfy the degree
requirements. Similarly, a 5000-level course in which the
student receives a grade lower than C (2.0) can not be used to
satisfy the degree requirements. However, all grades for courses
taken for graduate credit shall be used in the calculation of the
current GPA. No more than one grade below B (3.0) in a course taken for
graduate credit can be applied toward the
degree. If a student receives three grades below B (3.0) in
courses taken for graduate credit or taken to fulfill a deficiency
requirement, or if a student receives a grade below C (2.0) in a
course taken for graduate credit or taken to fulfill a deficiency
requirement, then the student will be
ineligible to enroll.
A student enrolling in any UMKC
course is expected to exhibit high standards of academic honesty in all works,
and are expected to refrain from cheating and plagiarism. Rules governing any
suspected violation are clearly spelled out elsewhere in the UMKC catalog (www.umkc.edu/umkc/catalog/html/append/policy/0040.html
Instructors are obligated to report any cases of alleged academic dishonesty,
and any violation will result in sanctions being imposed on the student, ranging
from a warning, probation, loss of financial aid, loss of privileges,
suspension, and dismissal. Please note that both receiving and giving
unauthorized assistance is considered academically dishonest.
Any exception to academic policy and regulations
or to the degree requirements (e.g. deficiency waiver) must be
requested through a written petition. The petition form is available
from the CSEE Department Office and on the Web; the completed petition
which includes an explanation for the petition should be submitted to
the CSEE Department Office. The degree program coordinator or his/her
designee will review petitions and communicate the result to the
student. It is important that the petition include any necessary
documents as attachments for a timely decision.
Ineligible students may petition the CSEE graduate committee to
be re-enrolled. Such petitions will be reviewed by the graduate committee whose ruling is final. An ineligible
student will only be approved for further graduate study under the
terms of a restrictive probation in the form of a written
contract between the student and the CSEE department.
The CSEE department may render a student
ineligible regardless of the student's GPA. Such
procedures are rare and will involve a recommendation to the dean
of the School of Graduate Studies.
A graduate student should not take a course for audit if that
student plans to take the course for credit. Once a course has
been audited by a student, the student cannot take the course for
credit later in the program.
A graduate student cannot change a
course to audit after the eighth week of the fall and spring
semesters or after the fourth week of the summer semester. Changes
to audit status must have the permission of the course instructor,
as well as be within the allowable period.