M.S. Academic Advising

The MS student population will now be split between 3 ECE academic advisors based on your last name OR topic of discussion. Please review the descriptions below to contact the appropriate advisor regarding future requests. 

Christina Vassos 
General MS Academic Advising: last name beginning with letters A-G
Topics of Discussion: FA19 Comprehensive Exam Questions, TA/Tutor/Reader (non-financial) Questions 

Stephanie Mathew
General MS Academic Advising: last name beginning with letters H-L
Topics of Discussion: SP19 Comprehensive Exam Questions, TA/Tutor/Reader (non-financial) Questions 

Ciara Lugo
General MS Academic Advising: last name beginning with letters M-V
Topics of Discussion: CPT / OPT / RCL  Requests, TA Office Hour Scheduling, ECE academic holds for course registration (over enrolling in units)

Angelica McAllister
General MS Academic Advising: last name beginning with letters W-Z
Topics of Discussion: CPT / OPT / RCL Requests 

Ira Zukanovic
All general BS/MS Academic Advising 
Topics of Discussion: Summer Research Internship Program (SRIP), Engineering Psychiatry Research Program (EPRP)

Course Substitution Process:

Effective Spring 2019, any student who is deviating from courses that are listed in the degree planner will need to follow all of the outlined steps in order to petition for a course substitution request. This new course substitution solution will allow you to ask your faculty for permission to deviate from the degree planner and inform your primary MS advisor about the changes. Your primary MS advisor will let you know when your DARS has been updated.

**Note that EC79 (Computer Engineering) majors will only be allowed 2 course substitutions total**

Scenario 1: If you’d like to substitute one course for another course, then please do the following:

  1. Create an email  

  • In the subject line, write Course Substitution (PID and ECE track).
  • Address this email to the current curriculum advisor of your track.
  • CC your primary MS advisor:
  1. Copy and paste this template onto the body of the email and fill in the correct items: 

  • My name is (list name) and I began the MS program in (list the quarter).
  • I would like to use (list course name and quarter that you took the course) in place of (list course name that you do not want to use) that is in the (core or additional core) section.
  • Provide a 1-2 sentence justification (e.g., equivalent course).
  • Faculty advisor, please respond all and mark your decision (approve or disapprove).

***If you are a CE student, please use the CE FAQ page to see if your course substitution has been "previously approved". If your course is on this list, please follow the instructions above but DO NOT include the Curriculum Advisor, Prof. Kahng. If the course is not listed under the "previously approved" list, please follow the instructions above including CCing the Curriculum Advisor, Prof. Kahng.***

Scenario 2: If you’d like to add a course that is not listed on the degree planner to the additional units, then please do the following:

  1. Create an email

  • In the subject line write Course Addition (PID and ECE track)
  • Address this email to the current curriculum advisor of your track
  • CC your primary MS advisor

    2. Copy and paste this template onto the body of the email and fill in the correct items:

  • My name is (list name) and I began the MS program in (list the quarter).
  • I would like to use (list course name and quarter that you took the course) in the (core or additional core) section.
  • Provide a 1-2 sentence justification (e.g., course is related to degree concentration).
  • Faculty advisor, please respond all and mark your decision (approve or disapprove).

***If you are a CE student, please use the CE FAQ page to see if your course addition has been "previously approved". If your course is on this list, please follow the instructions above but DO NOT include the Curriculum Advisor, Prof. Kahng. If the course is not listed under the "previously approved" list, please follow the instructions above including CCing the Curriculum Advisor, Prof. Kahng.***

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