Information for New Graduate Students Fall 2020

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 5 Deadline to apply for a Fall 2020 TA position.

If you are interested in applying for a TA position *or* you received a financial offer and know you will TA in the fall, please submit a TA application by Sunday, July 5 (new deadline). If you received an offer of TA funding in your admission letter, you must still fill out the application so that we can match you with a course.

Start by visiting UTCS Direct and under ‘Accounts’ select 'Request a New CS Account’ (please note it can take up to 24 hours for the account to be created). Once you have your CS account, return to UTCS Direct and under ‘Graduate Students’ you can access the TA Application.

July 15

Submit your Background Coursework Form to the Box folder HERE 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.

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 can complete the New Student Check-In process:

International Student Orientation. Event details and new student information are posted here:

August 20

CS Graduate Student Orientation (part 1)
9:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) (2 hours)
Please check your email for the Zoom meeting link.

Topics: Welcome from the CS Department Chair, Prof. Don Fussell and Graduate Adviser, Prof. Greg Plaxton, Academic Integrity (Prof. Calvin Lin), department computing resources & facilities, internship/job opportunities for graduate students, University Health Services

August 21

Registration re-opens. See your Registration Information Sheet: for registration times.

Graduate School Orientation (virtual): RSVP HERE

August 24

CS Graduate Student Orientation (part 2)
9:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) (2 hours)
Please check your email for the Zoom meeting link.

Topics: Understanding the registration calendar (deadlines & processes), completing registration, fellowships, academic employment (TA/GRA positions), new employee onboarding, Q&A

(prior to Aug 26) CNS has prepared five brief orientation videos to help students prepare for graduate school. The videos provide helpful information about everything from professional development to student support, and can be viewed at your own pace here: 
August 26 First class day.
August 31 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 1 - September 11 Changes to your registration may be made through the department offering the course. If you wish to add/drop a CS course, please email the CS Graduate Office.


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.

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Checklists and Forms:

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

Presentation Recordings:

You will need to log in with your UT zoom account to access the videos below. Pick the “Sign in with SSO” option and enter “utexas” as the company domain. More information about using your UT zoom account is available at