Graduate School of Engineering

Frequently Asked Questions: Current Students

1.Where can I find the university class schedule?
2.How do I end up in probation? What do I need to do once I am on probation?
3.Can I take courses from other departments/schools?
4. When should I file the ATC(Advancement to Candidacy)/Culminating Experience?
5.What if I changed my planned course work after submitting my ATC (formerly GAP)?
6.How do I check my ATC and culminating experience proposal status?
7.What forms do I need to submit to earn my degree and graduate?
8.When can I expect to receive my diploma in the mail?
9.How do I sign up for Commencement Ceremony?
10.What if I need to get proof of my graduate degree before my diploma arrives?
11.Where can I get the list for University clubs/Associations?
12. How do you register for 897?
13. How do you register for 895?
14. How do you register for 898?

Current Students:

  1. Where can I find the university class schedule?
    University class schedule
  2. How do I end up in probation? What do I need to do once I am on probation?
    Students go on probation when their GPA falls below a 3.0. You need to submit the Academic Standing Petition (Probation/Disqualification) form to Engineeringgraduate coordinator. Your graduate coordinator will help you plan your course work to improve your academic standing.
  3. Can I take courses from other departments/schools?
    Students are eligible to take two elective courses from other schools/departments to be counted towards their non-engineering coursework requirements, upon approval by graduate coordinator. The Engineering school has a cross registration agreement with San Jose State University and UC, Berkeley.These elective courses can be taken at these institutions.
  4. When should I file the Advancement to Candidacy (ATC)/Culminating Experience forms?
    ATC needs to be filed and approved by graduate program coordinator the semester before research courses (Engr 895 or Engr 898) are planned to be taken.
  5. What if I need to change my planned course work after my ATC has been submitted?
    You need to submit an ATC substitution form to your graduate program coordinator for approval.
  6. How do I check my ATC and culminating experience proposal status?
    Your ATC and Culminating Experience Proposal status can be seen in mySFSU .
  7. What forms do I need to submit to earn my degree and graduate?
    The Receipt must be verified at the Campus Copy Center (located in the Student Center, M110) when you submit your document and pay the binding fees. If you did not complete your Culminating Experience course in one semester, your committee chair will also need to file a change of grade form with the Registrar's office to change your grade from "Report in Progress" (RP) to "Credit" (CR).
  8. When can I expect to receive my diploma in the mail?
    Students who have been awarded their graduate degree can expect to receive their diploma in the mail approximately 4-6 months after the degree has been posted on their academic record.
  9. How do I sign up for Commencement Ceremony?
    The following students are automatically listed to participate in the Commencement Ceremony in May:
    • Students who have earned their degree in the previous Fall or Summer semesters.
    • Students who have applied for Spring graduation
    • Students who have applied for Summer graduation during the Spring application period
    Information packages will be sent out in April. You may also check to see if you are on the graduation list and if you are not check with the school of engineering office.
  10. What if I need to get proof of my graduate degree before my diploma arrives?
    After students have received confirmation that their graduate degree has been awarded, they may request a final transcriptfrom the Registrar's Office 415/338-2079 or online , that shows the degree has been conferred.
  11. Where can I get the list for University clubs/Associations?
    Student Organizations page
  12. How do you register for 897?
    Engr 897 Research is generally taken the semester before Engr 898 Master’s Thesis. Before registering for ENGR 897 Research, discuss possible research topics with an engineering faculty who will serve as your MS thesis committee chair and advisor.
    Complete the form and submit to graduate program coordinator.
    897 Course Approval Form for Embedded Electrical & Computer Systems (EECS) and Energy Systems(ES)
    897 Course Approval Form for Structural/Earthquake Engineering (SEE)
  13. How do you register for 895?
    You complete the Eng 895 culminating Experience form and ATC form the semester before you intend to take the course. Upon completion of both forms you submit them to engineering graduate coordinator. For more information visit the thesis/project page .
  14. How do you register for 898?
    After completion of Engr 897, you can register for Engr 898 by completing its form.
    To register for the course, you must be a classified graduate student with Graduate Approved Program and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement Forms on file in the Graduate Division Office.

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