Information for New Graduate Students Fall 2019

Welcome to the Computer Science Department at The University of Texas at Austin! You were admitted to our program because we believe you will be a future star in the field of computer science, and we are very honored to have you join our department!

Below are very important dates and useful information. Links are embedded in the checklists you can download at the bottom of this page to provide you with additional information and answer your questions. We encourage you to use these links. If you do not find the information you need, please contact the CS Graduate Office.

International Students

As an international student at The University of Texas at Austin, there are additional steps you will need to follow prior to your enrollment at the university. To complete these steps you will need to log into myIO:

July 15

1) All students - Please submit your Background Coursework Form (link below) to the CS Graduate Office for review by this date. Students who have previously completed a degree (undergraduate major or Master's) in Computer Science are exempt from this requirement.

2) Deadline to apply for a Fall 2019 TA position.

August 1 Incoming PhD students should email their proposed course schedule to the CS Graduate Office by this date for approval by the Graduate Adviser.
August (International Students Only) After arriving in the U.S. International Students are required to view the International Briefing and Check-In (IBC) presentation:
August 16-19

International Student Orientation. View event details and new student information here:

August 22 and 27 New CS graduate student information sessions in GDC  2.216, August 22 and 27 from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Please attend one of these sessions. The new student info session will cover degree requirements and important student employment information. All new students should attend one of these sessions to have questions answered and pick up or submit paperwork. While I'll be happy to follow up with you after you have attended an information session, it isn't possible to provide individual information sessions. No prior sign up is necessary.
August 23

1) Registration for New CS Graduate Students. Tuition and Fees MUST be paid by 5 p.m. September 3. See your Registration Information Sheet: for registration times.

2) UT Graduate School's Graduate Student Orientation. Registration and information:

August 27

The CS Department Welcome & Orientation, GDC Auditorium (2.216) 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. followed by GRACS Welcome Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

August 28 Classes begin.
September 3 Pay your tuition and fees by 5:00 p.m. This is the 4th class day. After this date you cannot make your own changes to your registration. 
September 4 - September 13 Changes to your registration must be made in the department offering the course. If it's a CS course, please email the CS Graduate Office or see Katie Dahm in GDC 2.728.


PhD: Incoming PhD students need to send their proposed course schedule to the CS Graduate Office via email by August 1st for approval by the Graduate Adviser. The advising bar will not be removed until the Graduate Adviser notifies the CS Graduate Office of his approval. All PhD students must register for CS 398T their first fall semester.

Master's: There is no formal advising required for master's students. The advising bar will be cleared prior to registration. Please direct any questions to the CS Graduate Office.

All students:

Download the checklists below. We have provided both embedded links and URLs to each site.

Orientation slides: