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MS Advancement To Candidacy (ATC)

The Petition for Advancement to Master’s Candidacy (ATC form) must be submitted to the CS Graduate Student Affairs Office (GSAO) in the quarter prior to when the student plans to be either on Filing Fee, or enrolled, and submitting the Capstone Project or M.S. Thesis. Please submit the ATC form to Engineering VI Room 291 in the following manner:

A student must file the applicable Master’s Advancement to Candidacy form with their major department no later than the second week of the quarter in which the award of the degree is expected.

GSAO staff will verify course completion and grades at the end of the quarter. M.S. candidates have one calendar year from the date of advancement to candidacy in which to complete all requirements for the degree. Sample for the Advancement to Candidacy Petition, here.

Master’s Filing Fee

When students have completed all requirements for the M.S. degree except the filing of either the Thesis or Capstone Project, they are eligible to pay a Filing Fee during the quarter in which the degree is to be awarded instead of registering.

Students may only use Filing Fee for one quarter. If students on filing fee fail to complete their thesis or Capstone Project by the end of Week 2, they must retroactively enroll and pay fees for that quarter.

The Master’s Filing Fee application Graduate Program Deadlines can be found here. For Summer and Fall, the deadline is 10 business days prior to the last day of Summer Session C (except if the deadline falls on Labor Day; in these cases the deadline will be 9 business days). For Winter and Spring the deadline is the Monday of 10th week. Information and instructions for completing the Master’s Filing Fee application are available at: The Master’s Filing Fee application is available at:

The 2017-2018 Filing Fee Deadline Chart is available at: