​Master's Advising

New students

Prior to the student’s first advising meeting, requests for changes of degree program, course transfers, and other matters should be directed to the Director of Masters Programs. Following their initial advising meetings, students should first discuss all advising issues with their advisors.

Transfer credit requests

Transfer credit can be requested at any point in a student's program, and must be approved by the Master's Program Director. All requests should be documented on the Program Declaration Form and submitted via email to the Director with the Graduate Program Coordinator copied. Please see the following specific requirements.

Requesting units from another WashU department

  • With departmental approval, up to 12 units may be taken from outside of the department. Such approval shall be contingent on the credits being suitably technical graduate-level content. To count more than 6 units from outside the CSE department, an appropriate justification for the additional increment shall be provided by the adviser and student. Departmental approval shall be evaluated with increasing stringency for each additional increment.
  • Units cannot have been counted towards a previous degree except in the following two situations:
    • Up to 15 units may be shared with another masters degree earned from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
    • BS/MS students may use up to 6 units to satisfy requirements for both their Bachelor and Master's degrees. (Please note that 150 total units are still required to complete both degrees.)
  • Please submit the following:
    • Weekly Syllabus of topics covered in the course
    • Course Description
    • Textbook information, website, and any other details

Requesting units from another institution

  • A maximum of 6 units of graduate credit may be applied toward the master's degree.
  • Units cannot have been counted towards a previous degree.
  • Please submit the following:
    • A letter from that institution's registrar, which states the coursework was not used to satisfy any degree requirements
    • Weekly Syllabus of topics covered in the course
    • Course Description
    • Textbook information, website, and any other details

In-program advising

Before the start of advising for each semester, the Graduate Program Coordinator will e-mail an up-to-date electronic (PDF) copy of the Master's Program Declaration Form to each student and his or her advisor, who should then discuss and add the courses the student plans to take in the next semester. Completed electronic copies should be emailed back to the Graduate Program Coordinator within one week after end of the advising period. Please only send the original, editable PDF form. Scanned or printed copies will not be accepted, and the student or advisor should copy the other on the e-mail as documentation of their agreement with what is being planned or requested.


The Program Declaration Form is a living document that should be maintained as an accurate, complete, and up-to-date record of a student’s program, so that students, advisors, the Graduate Program Coordinator, and the Director of Masters Programs have an up-to-date view of the student’s progress in the master’s program, and can answer questions, respond to requests, and address contingencies quickly and effectively. Please see the Program Declaration Workflow for more details.

Registration Dates
Fall 2017

Advising Period
April 3- April 14

Graduate Registration
April 18

Completed Forms Due
April 25

contact Us

Chris Gill
Master's Program Director
(314) 935-7538
Jolley Hall, Room 518

Cheryl Newman
Graduate Program Coordinator
(314) 935-6132
Jolley Hall, Room 304