Graduate Office Newsletter

CS Grad Office Notices

All CS Grad Students
UCLA Academic Term Calendar (for deadlines) can be found HERE.

External employment opportunities bulletin board:

PSA: If you receive an email from a UCLA professor/postdoc offering you a GSR/lab/ remote position, please send a separate email (you can find their email on the UCLA directory)  to that professor to confirm if in fact they offered you a position. If that GSR/lab/remote job is requiring to you to pay for supplies/fees/equipment/etc upfront (even if they say they will reimburse later) it is most likely a scam and do not click on any links nor reply to it and just delete it.

CalFresh Initiative

CalFresh is California’s version of SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), a federally-funded food assistance program, colloquially known as “food stamps.” Many students qualify for CalFresh and can receive up to $250/month to spend on groceries at places like Ralphs, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Target, and participating Farmers Markets. Once enrolled, participants will receive an EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card in the mail, which is reloaded monthly and functions as a debit card at participating grocery stores.

For more information/ to see if you qualify please visit:

Commencement 2024

For CS Grad Students who are finishing this academic year (i.e. Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 and Summer 2024 — please fill  out the Commencement Survey by the deadline March 30, 2024). You are welcome to submit multiple entries if information changes.


Tentative Course Offerings for F23-Sp23 (* may be subject to change)

To see a list of the tentative CS course offerings for F23-Sp24 please click HERE.

Enrollment for Winter 2024

Graduate pass for enrollment for Winter 2023 starts on TBD.  It is the student’s responsibility to check their MyUCLA to check what time your enrollment appointment is. Per the Registrar’s website, “Based on units completed and priority status, appointments are assigned randomly (by the Registrar’s Office not the department) within pass time periods. Exact enrollment times are available through MyUCLA.” Enrollment appointment times cannot be changed/modified.

For more information on UCLA term deadlines please visit:

CS Undergraduate Courses – Fall 2023

The CS Grad Office has been given access to manually enroll CS grad students in CS undergraduate course provided that there is space available (this includes waitlist positions as well provided that there are open waitlist positions available). CS Grad Students are strongly advised to fulfill their Breadth Requirements first and must take Breadth Requirement courses when space is available. If a CS grad student would like to audit a course for breadth requirement credit, it is their responsibility to reach out to the instructor teaching that course that quarter to see if its possible (more info on auditing can be found below).

As of right now, there are waitlist spots in the following breadth requirement courses for Winter ’23: . However students should check their MyUCLA for the most up to date information on class space availability. 

Please note if you are enrolled in a section and you switch to a section/discussion/lab that is waitlisted you will go from enrolled to waitlist status and the instructor is not obligated to give you a PTE for that section/lab/discussion. You are considered enrolled if you are officially enrolled in a discussion/lab/section therefore please don’t switch from enrolled to a waitlist section. 

Please be sure to follow instructions #1-3 below to ensure your chances to getting enrolled/waitlisted.

If any of these three courses are closed/full we cannot enroll any students. If you would like us to enroll you in a CS undergrad courses (provided that there’s space this includes the waitlist) please do the following:

1. Check to see if there is any conflict with the CS undergrad course and section/discussion/lab that you would like to be enrolled in and check to see If there’s a conflict with any courses and lab/dis/section you are enrolled in as well as those you are currently waitlisted in. If there is a time conflict even in waitlisted courses, the system will not allow us to enroll you so please check before contacting me (the system is designed so that if there is a conflict we won’t know until after we’ve dropped a course). Also the system will not allow us to enroll you in any more courses if adding the course will exceed 18 units (this also includes courses you are waitlisted in).

2. If there is a class conflict or a class you’d like to drop in exchange for an undergrad course that has open space, please let me know which class(es) you would like for us to drop on your behalf. Please do not drop the course(s) yourself. This is important to ensure if the class is full by the time I access your email, you did not lose the class you were enrolled/waitlisted in.

3. Please email with your name, UID and class you would like me to drop on your behalf and let me know the course and section/lab/dis (i.e. CS 161 1a – please do not give the times) you would like me to enroll you in.

Friendly reminder, CS Upper division undergrad courses tend to be more labor intensive than CS grad courses therefore we strongly recommend students do not take/enroll/audit more than one CS upper division undergrad course per quarter. However it is ultimately up to the student to decide which course(s) they will to enroll/audit. For information on auditing please read in the “Auditing Courses at UCLA” section below.

Enrollment for F23

Friendly reminder the minimum number of units you should be enrolled in is 12 with the max being 18 (if you have questions, please email The last day to enroll/add in any course at UCLA without a financial penalty is the end of Week 2 (Jan. 20). If by Week 2 you are still enrolled on a waitlist for any course and were not able to procure a PTE from the instructor, you will automatically be dropped after Week 2 (April 14) so please plan accordingly.

The Last day for graduate students to add/drop classes with per-class fee through MyUCLA is December 8, 2023.

For more information on UCLA term deadlines please visit:

For CS research seminars (i.e. CS 298, CS 375, CS 596, CS 597, CS 598) it is the CS grad student’s responsibility to obtain the instructor/advisor’s consent first before signing up/enrolling in any of these courses. Friendly reminder, CS 298, CS 375, CS 596 and CS 597 do not count towards the M.S. Program of Study.

For CS 239 courses which may be taken for variable units (i.e. where students can determine how many units they may enroll in that course), CS grad students must enroll for 4 units total. If you increase the unit count for one the CS 239 course(s), your instructor will need to provide proof as well as put it in writing that the student did over 4 units worth of coursework in addition to the regular coursework. If you sign up for less than 4 units and you are an MS student then this course will not count towards the MS Program of Study requirements therefore please be sure to enroll in the course for 4 units only. The deadline to change unit count for a course is before week 10 of that quarter. To change the units for a course after week 2.  you must fill out the enrollment petition form(the class ID may be found in the schedule of classes) and requires the instructor’s signature and email it back to before the end of week 10.  Please note, Graduate Division believes ten weeks is more than enough time to make this decision to switch units for a course and retroactive petitions (i.e. enrollment petitions submitted after week 10) are very rarely approved for this reason.

For more information on UCLA term deadlines please visit:

Add/Dropping Courses for Fall 2023

You have until week 10 (December 8th) to add/drop a course without it reflecting on your transcript via MyUCLA. If you are unable to add/drop courses via MyUCLA by week 10,  you must fill out the enrollment petition form (the class ID may be found in the schedule of classes) and requires the instructor’s signature. The student is responsible for filling out the form completely and obtaining the instructor’s signature on the form (the “Authorized Approval Signature” and the “Authorized Departmental Signature” are something the CS Grad Office can obtain so please leave that part blank on the form).  Please email the completed form to before the end of week 10 (/decenber 7tg). After week 2, if you add/drop courses there is a fee (fee amount can be found HERE).  Please note, Graduate Division believes ten weeks is more than enough time to make this decision to add/drop courses and retroactive petitions (i.e. enrollment petitions submitted after week 10) are very rarely approved for this reason so please drop the course (via MyUCLA ) no later than December 8th.

Auditing Courses at UCLA

If you wish to audit a course for your Breadth Requirement please note that auditing a course is done between the Faculty/Instructor of that course and the student wishing to audit at the start of the quarter. Friendly reminder, faculty/instructors are not obligated to allow students to audit a course(s). It is completely up to their discretion if they decide to do so and how you will be audited (i.e. project or test, etc). For more information please visit:

Lecture 80 courses (i.e. online courses)
Please note any online course that has a lecture 80 means that course is for the MS Online Engineering Program only (i.e. CS grad students cannot take/enroll in these courses).

CS 201
If you would like me to enroll you in CS 201 please email Juliana Alvarez at  your name and UID and I should be able to enroll you in CS 201 provided that there are no conflicts with the courses/sections/lab/dis you are currently enrolled/waistlisted in.

Leave of Absence

The LOA petition must be submitted no later than the end of the 2nd week of class in the academic term for which leave is requested. For more information please visit:

Fall 2023 Week 10 Deadlines

Friday, December 8, 2023 is the last day for graduate students to:

·       Make changes to their study lists via MyUCLA with the applicable fee (drop/add courses).
·       Submit a Graduate Degree Petition to request a change of grading basis for a mandatory graded course by filling out the enrollment petition form  (course ID can be found on schedule of classes website) and have the instructor sign off where it says “Instructor’s signature”  and turn in the completed form to before week 10.

  •      Submit a Withdrawal Notice for the current quarter.Graduate students receive an official reminder from the Registrar’s Office during third week to check their study lists; they have ten weeks to take the actions listed above.The Graduate Division complies with published deadlines. We recognize exceptional situations may require a retroactive petition. However, retroactive petitions without compelling cause and documentation create an unnecessary and unfair burden and can negatively affect university records. Any retroactive change requests (add/drop courses, change of grading basis) require departmental and instructor signatures as well as a supporting, explanatory memo from the department chair. Please note this is not a guarantee petitions will be approved.

For more information on add/drop deadlines please visit:

Computer Science Graduate Student Association (CSGSA)

The CSGSA provides a great opportunity to participate and be part of the community of policy makers for graduate students.  CSGSA has a direct link to the Grad Office.

The link to the CSGSA website is below-

CS Student Welfare Page

Introducing our new CS Student Welfare Page the link is below:


CS PhD Students Only

In the coming weeks we will have the latest information regarding providing required forms remotely.  But in short we will still require the forms but the signatures can be sent to be via an email approval to  This will include the following:

  1. Leave of Absences
  2. Nomination of Committee
  3. Report on the Oral Qualifying Examination
  4. Final Defense
  5. Breadth Requirements
  6. Proposal of Fields
  7. Change of Advisor


WQE – Spring 2022

If you plan to take the WQE for Spring 2022, please read the following instructions carefully.
Failure to follow these instructions will result in the rejection of your WQE paper without review.

Steps for submitting your paper:

1. Create an account and register your paper at by Sunday, May 1, 2022  at 11:59 a.m. 

After creating the account, start the paper registration by clicking on “New submission”. Enter the paper title, the author(s) information, the abstract, and PC conflicts. You do not have to submit the PDF file at this time. Click “Save draft” to register your paper. Note that in the “PC conflicts” item, you can only select your faculty advisor(s) and faculty co-authors of this WQE paper (if they are not on the list, don’t worry about it).

2. Fill in a cover page, which must be signed by your advisor, and submit electronically to the Graduate Student Office (291 Engineering VI) by Monday, May 2, 2022 at 11: 59 a.m. 
To download the cover page, click here.

If your advisor is out of town, an electronic signature is acceptable by email as long as your faculty advisor attests in his/her email message to the “Ph.D. Advisor’s Statement” on the cover page. The text of that statement must appear in the email. The email from the advisor must go to both you and Helen Tran <>. A copy of the email must be attached to your cover page, that you must submit via email to by the above deadline to Helen Tran <>.

3. Submit your paper at: by Monday, May 2, 11:59am.

4. Note that all the deadlines are at 11:59 AM (not pm). All the deadlines are firm. There will be no extensions for any reason. Hence, it is strongly recommended that you perform all the required steps well ahead of the corresponding deadlines.

In particular, submit a reasonable version of your paper early. You can keep submitting revised versions of the PDF file up to the submission deadline.


  • You must be a Ph.D. student enrolled in at least 12 units this quarter in order to submit a WQE paper.
  • Your WQE paper must not exceed 10 pages. You must use 10pt Times font or larger (11pt preferred). The margins must be at least 1″ (one inch) on all four sides (top, bottom, left, right). The entire document, including references, figures, tables, appendices, and any other type of material, must fit within the 10 pages.
  • WQE submissions are not anonymous. Each submission must include the names of all the authors. In particular, if the WQE paper is substantially similar to another paper that has been published, submitted, or is expected to be submitted to a workshop, conference, or journal, this must be explicitly acknowledged. Furthermore, the names of all authors must appear in the WQE submission in the same order in which they appear or will appear in the workshop, conference, or journal submission or publication.
  • The WQE submission will consist of a high-quality paper, written entirely by the student.
    This means that every sentence of the paper must be written by the student. The advisor or co-author(s) can suggest edits, but those edits must be made by the student. Nobody but the student may directly input or modify the text.
  • Any contributions to the paper that are not the student’s, including those of their advisor, must be explicitly acknowledged in detail.
    Specifically, on the first page of the WQE paper, in a separate paragraph at the end of the abstract, the student is required to specify, in detail, which parts of the paper represent the student’s own intellectual contributions. Any parts of the paper that are the contributions of others, including the advisor(s), must also be explicitly acknowledged in detail. There must be a separate sentence detailing the advisor’s contribution to the research and paper. In addition, there must be a separate sentence detailing the contributions of each co-author of the paper, if any.
  • The WQE paper can be either a research paper containing an original contribution, or a focused critical survey paper.
  • The WQE paper must represent work that the student performed as a graduate student at UCLA.
  • The WQE paper should demonstrate that the student understands and can integrate and communicate ideas clearly and concisely.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact this quarter’s WQE coordinator 

Ad Hoc Checklist

The ad hoc checklist is a guide and should be used prior to taking any courses you are considering for the minor.  You can only have one ad hoc minor.

Ad Hoc  Petitions Quarterly Deadlines

Quarter Submission Deadline 

Spring April 29, 2021

Summer Petitions are not reviewed during the summer

The Checklist is as follows:

  1. Proposal of Fields must be completely filled out and signed off by the various field chairs.  Check with the Grad Office for field chair confirmation.
  2. Provide a memo of support/justification from your advisor.
  3. Provide an abstract of the two courses you would like to have approved for the proposal of fields.

Ad-hoc minor cannot include courses that are listed either as core or ancillary of other proposed major and minor. For example, a proposal with the DSC major cannot include any courses listed in the DSC core and ancillary lists in the ad-hoc minor. Abstract should address these points:

  1. ad-hoc field should be a coherent set of courses in an identifiable area (body of knowledge) that is not a subfield of the area of the major or the minors thus make sure to address this issue.
  2. written justification explaining how the proposed ad-hoc minor meets the requirements above and supports your research area.
  3. If the ad-hoc field presents some overlap with topics that are generally associated with the other fields, the justification should carefully explain why this overlap does not impinge on the value of the minor to broadening your Ph.D. education.
  4. Ad-hoc minor cannot include courses that are listed either as core or ancillary of other proposed major and minor. For example, a proposal with the DSC major cannot include any courses listed in the DSC core and ancillary lists in the ad-hoc minor.
  5. Include your transcript and mark do not highlight the course and grade received.
  6. Send everything in a single PDF to Helen Tran at  The order of the PDF items should be as follows:
    1. Signed Proposal of Fields
    2. Faculty Support/Justification memo
    3. Student abstract
    4. Unofficial Transcript with courses marked(*) not highlighted.
    5. PDF should be saved with your name.


Registrars Term Calendar

Refund Schedule

Graduate Student Refunds and Reductions


Registration for Administration II (Fall 2020) of the Test of Oral Proficiency (TOP) exam is now open. The exam will be administered via Zoom on the following dates: November 18th, November 20th, December 2nd, and December 4th, 2020.


If you have international graduate students who are planning to work as a TA during Winter 2020 or later and have not yet passed the TOP, please advise them to register as soon as possible. International students who hold a Bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution do not need to take the test. Please see our updated website for additional information:


Student can register for the exam here: 


Test spots fill extremely quickly so please encourage your students, especially those with TA positions for Winter 2021, to register as soon as possible. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.


Special Note-

For CS graduates you can only take the TOP once a quarter.

CS requires you to receive a 7.1 minimum score to be eligible to TA in the Department.

If you receive a Provisional Pass you will be able to take the TOP again due to a special arrangement CS has with TOP.


CS MS Students Only

CS 596 – Summer Only

For CS MS international students who are interning during the summer, students must sign up for one unit for CS 596 but before they sign up they must obtain their CS faculty advisor’s (or any CS faculty) consent first to sign up under them via email (note faculty are not obligated to give their consent and if they do not or if they do not respond, you must ask another cs faculty member). Once you get their consent via email please forward the email to Madelen Hem at so she can give you a PTE. Please note do not ask for a PTE anytime before Spring Quarter as the class system for summer will not be live yet. 

Please keep in mind, if you submit an ATC packet this quarter it takes months for ATC to be processed (you will most likely hear back at the end of the quarter) therefore students should sign up for CS 596 for one unit to fulfill their CPT requirement (ATC processing cannot be expedited). For questions on summer session fees/deadlines/etc please visit the summer session website directly:

For questions on CPT (process, deadline, etc) please contact the Dashew Center directly as they oversee CPT.

*Initial Faculty Advisor* – The initial faculty advisor you were assigned when you first started the CS MS program is your first point of contact re: your Capstone/Thesis. The initial faculty advisor is there to point you in the right direction re: Capstone/Thesis (i.e. they are not automatically your Capstone/Thesis Advisor). As mentioned at the CS MS Orientation as well as in the CS Grad Student Handbook,  is up to the CS MS student to find their own Capstone/Thesis Advisor (must be CS faculty) and procure their consent that they are willing to be your Capstone/Thesis Advisor.

Once a student has found a Capstone/Thesis Advisor who gave their consent to be their Capstone Advisor, the student must fill out the Advisor Consent Form (see link below)  and have the Capstone/Thesis  Advisor sign off. If you have any questions regarding this please contact

If you are doing a Capstone, you may switch and/or find an advisor even after you’ve submitted your ATC paper work (as long as you find one before your Capstone). If you are doing a thesis, you may switch advisors after your ATC forms but you will need to reconstitute your committee (please email for further information).**

Petitioning a Breadth Requirement Course – if you are petitioning a course that is not on the approved list make sure you provide one pdf that includes the Breadth Req form filled out, a copy of your unofficial transcript with the grade/class highlighted and a copy of the syllabus to jalvarez@cs.ucla.eduPlease note petitioning courses can only be done in the first quarter of your CS MS program (see CS Grad Student Handbook). Here is the link to the Breadth Requirement Form which shows the courses (2nd page shows the equivalent courses there’s a hyperlink):

Submitting a Breadth Requirement petition does not 100% guaranteed it will be approved in which case you will either need to take the course when space is available or if the instructor teaching the course this quarter gives their consent for you to audit/test out)

Finishing Capstone/Thesis in Fall 2023

If you are about to finish your Breadth Requirement and MS Program of Study courses this quarter, you will be ready to Advance to Candidacy (see the CS Grad Student Handbook for more information). Once you are ready to Advance to Candidacy for Winter 2023, please do the following:

Please submit your MS Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) Form  and within the same pdf (no zip files please) please include:

  • a copy of your unofficial transcripts with the nine MS Program of Study courses highlighted or asterisked
  • Breadth Requirement Form with the three CS 201s filled out as well. If you petitioned/audited courses and it was approved please include within the pdf the email showing it was approved.
  • Program of Study Form should be emailed as a pdf (no zip files please)

An example of the ATC packet can be found HERE.

If you were/are an ESAP student about to Advance to Candidacy, you still need to mark and fill out and provide all the forms mentioned above which should be consolidated into one pdf as seen in the ATC packet example above and emailed by the deadline.

This ATC packet must emailed as a pdf to by Friday, October 13, 2023.

If you submitted your ATC packet by the deadline please note it takes months for both the Registrar’s Office and Graduate Academic Services office to process ATC’s and will most likely hear from Academic Services re: ATC status at the end of the quarter. You will be notified via email.

Thesis Route

If you are planning to do the thesis option, please be sure to submit your Nomination of Committee Form. As mentioned at the CS MS Orientation as well as in the CS Grad Student Handbook, it is the student’s responsibility to find and obtain the faculty members consent to being on your thesis committee before turning this form in  (advisor/chair must be CS faculty, one other CS faculty must serve on the committee and the third can be a faculty outside the CS department) along with your ATC packet by  Friday, October 13, 2023 You do not need to obtain the Departmental Chair/Authorized Faculty Departmental Advisor’s signature on the Nomination of MS Committee Form in order to turn it in along with your ATC packet (as long as you have received the consent of your advisor and committee via email that they agree to serve on your thesis committee that will suffice).  If you are doing the thesis route, please be sure to attend an ETD workshop. For information on filing your thesis electronically and the date(s) for the ETD workshop please visit:,

If you are doing an MS thesis you must upload your thesis and have your committee sign off on it electronically by Friday, December 15, 2023.

Capstone Route

If you are planning to submit your Capstone this quarter, the  deadline to submit the Capstone Results Form with all the advisor and committee signatures and abstract is Friday, December 15, 2023.

An example of the Capstone Results Form packet can be found HERE.

As mentioned at the CS MS Orientation as well as in the CS Grad Student Handbook, it is the student’s responsibility to find their capstone/thesis advisor (must be CS faculty and make sure to have them sign off on the Advisor Consent Form and email it to along with one other CS faculty to be on the committee and another faculty member (this faculty member may be outside the CS Department or also could be CS faculty) to review and sign off on their capstone.

The capstone advisor and committee members may sign off via email but the student must consolidate this into one pdf where the capstone results form is in front (under signature write – see email), a copy of your abstract (one paragraph long will suffice) and include the email thread where the faculty signed off. They may also have the faculty cc’ when they sign off on their capstone via email.

Filing Fee 

Filing fee means that you are about to finish all your course work for the Breadth Requirement as well as the Program of Study by this quarter and need an additional quarter to finish your capstone/thesis (you’re welcome to finish it all the same quarter they finish all their course requirements but some students need extra time). “Filing Fee” for the next quarter (i.e. you have finished taking all the Program of Study/Breadth Req courses and Advance to Candidacy in Winter 2023 and will go on Filing Fee in Spring 2023 to work on the capstone/thesis that you will submit in Winter 2023) as all you need to do is work on and submit your capstone/thesis (you cannot be enrolled in courses when you are on filing fee).

If you are unsure that you will be able to finish your capstone/MS program and might need more time, we strongly recommend students register and enroll and not submit an application for filing fee. If you need more time after filing fee you will need to apply for readmission into the MS program which is laborious and takes time for both the student and various UCLA offices involved.

Filing Fee is not required to do and is completely optional provided that you meet the requirements (i.e. Advance to Candidacy one quarter prior to the quarter you plan on being on Filing Fee) and submit your application by the deadline. Please note the filing fee application is separate from the Advancement to Candidacy petition form.

If a student is planning/going to apply for filing fee, it is the student’s responsibility to make sure they read through the filing fee website as there are important information on what services and access are suspended and be aware of deadlines.

Once you receive the email from Graduate Division stating that you have successfully Advanced to Candidacy (please note this is separate from emailing your Advancement to Candidacy Form and transcripts), please fill out the electronic Filing Fee application. To access the filing fee application and for more information on filing fee please visit:

Please note that filing fee is completely optional. If you do filing fee and require another quarter to finish your capstone/thesis, you must apply for readmission into the CS MS program. Please contact for further information.

For deadlines on the last day to submit a filing fee application please visit: