This message will be long, but it is important that you read this message in its entirety, as it contains many important updates and changes impacting Spring 2021 Phase I registration.
After reading this entire message, if you have any questions, please email email@example.com from your GT email account. Please be sure to include your full name and nine-digit GT ID number (90X-XX-XXXX) in EVERY email, replacing the first two digits with “xx”.
SPRING 2021 Phase I Registration
1. Time Tickets
Time tickets tell you the exact day and time you will be able to start registering for your classes. Here is the link on how to view your time ticket: https://registrar.gatech.edu/registration/time-tickets.
Time tickets should be available to view for Spring 2021 Phase I after 6:00pm ET on Thursday, November 5. Please note that registration does not begin at this time, but rather your time ticket will tell you the exact day and time that you can begin registering during the Phase I registration window.
Time tickets are issued based on the number of earned hours you have completed to date. As a reminder, time tickets are issued by the Registrar’s Office. Additionally since this will be an extended Phase I period, time tickets will be spread out in time more than usual. Also, please keep in mind that graduate students typically are the last student population to register, as undergraduate students and students who are part of a group that gets priority registration (Presidential Fellows, Office of Disability Services, members of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC), military veterans currently utilizing G.I. Bill benefits, etc.) register before graduate students. Therefore, it is not uncommon for OMSCS students’ time tickets to begin several days after the registration period opens
**Please see #4 below for important updates to OMSCS time tickets.**
2. Registration Holds
If you have a hold, you MUST clear it before you can participate in registration. Here is the link to check your holds: https://registrar.gatech.edu/registration/holds.
- If you have a Graduate Studies hold:
- Graduate Studies is missing documentation (probably final official transcripts). For any questions regarding this, please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404.894.1610.
- Please mail your documents to Graduate Studies (see Section K in the Orientation document for the mailing address) or email them to email@example.com.
- If you have a Lawful Presence hold:
- There are specific documents that can be used to clear this hold. Please visit the Graduate Studies website (http://grad.gatech.edu/) for more information. For any questions regarding this, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you have an Immunization hold:
- Send an email to email@example.com and request a Waiver Request Form. Once the waiver is submitted, it is valid for one year from the date it is signed. “Distance Learners” do not require proof of immunization but must complete the yearly waiver.
- If you have a Financial Agreement hold:
- You should be able to clear this hold immediately in OSCAR. You will need to review the financial agreement, agree to it, and submit, and the hold will be removed automatically. There is text available in OSCAR with these instructions. If you have any questions or issues with this, please contact the Bursar’s Office directly (http://www.bursar.gatech.edu/).
- If you have a Registrar Location hold:
- You should be able to clear this hold immediately in OSCAR. On the Registration menu, select “Term Study Location Identification”, select your location from the pull-down menu, and then click “Submit”. Successful completion of this task clears the hold from your account and will allow you to continue with registration. There is text available in OSCAR with these instructions, and you should have received separate email communications from our office, as well as the Registrar’s Office, regarding this new hold.
If you have not completed your Foundational Requirement, you will be restricted from registering for any course that is not a foundational course. **If you have completed your Foundational Requirement, and you still have a foundational hold or cohort restriction on your account, please open a ticket with firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will remove it for you. Please include your full name and nine-digit GT ID number (90X-XX-XXXX) in that message.**
3. How to Register for Classes
Here is the link on how to register for classes: https://registrar.gatech.edu/registration/registration-information.
4. Important Change for Spring 2021 Phase I Registration
Please make note of the following important changes to registration:
- For Spring 2021, time tickets will be significantly more spread out – they will still be assigned based on earned hours, but time ticket assignments will be 24 hours apart. All time tickets will open at 10:00am ET (weekdays only). To reiterate, once your time ticket becomes active, there will be 24 hours before the next group of students has the opportunity to register. You should still plan to register as early in your time slot as possible since others with the same time ticket assignment will register at the same time.
- When Spring 2021 Phase I registration opens, almost all OMSCS classes will be at their maximum anticipated capacity. Please note that there will be exceptions to this rule, such as CS 6515, which will continue to start with limited initial capacity because we will need to prioritize Spring 2021 degree candidates. Also, as explained in the past, we do not have direct control over capacities in OMS Analytics and OMS Cybersecurity classes.
5. Important Updates and Reminders for Spring 2021
Please make note of the following dates:
- Spring 2021 Phase I registration begins on Monday, November 9, and ends on Friday, December 11 at 4:00pm ET. **As a reminder, your time ticket will tell you the day and time you can begin registering for course – it does not necessarily coincide with when the registration period itself begins.**
- The first day of classes for the Spring 2021 term will be on January 14. Please refer to the academic calendar on the Registrar’s website at https://registrar.gatech.edu/calendar for recent changes to academic dates for the spring semester.
Please make note of the following registration reminders:
- If you plan to take two Special Topics classes with the same course number (ex: CS 8803), you will need a duplicate course permit to register for both. Please contact email@example.com to request this. Please be sure to include your full name, nine-digit GT ID number (90X-XX-XXXX), and the name of the course you are attempting to add to your schedule.
- Please keep in mind that there are multiple course subjects offered in the OMSCS program. Therefore, be sure to do a search on “CS”, “CSE”, “ISYE”, “MGT”, and “PUBP” for a full listing of the online courses offered. The search for CS is “Computer Science”, the search for CSE is “Computational Science and Engineering”, the search for ISYE is “Industrial and Systems Engineering”, the search for MGT is “Management”, and the search for PUBP is “Public Policy”.
- Additionally, remember that both the OMS Analytics program and OMS Cybersecurity program have online courses as well, so make sure you are looking at the section codes. Generally, the section code “OAN" will be an OMS Analytics only course, and “OCY" will be an OMS Cybersecurity only course. OMSCS students are not able to register for OMS Analytics or OMS Cybersecurity sections/courses.
We WILL be “waitlisting” during Phase I for Spring 2021. If you need to know how to waitlist a course, follow the directions below that can be found on the Registrar’s website (https://registrar.gatech.edu/registration/waitlists):
Your total number of enrolled+waitlisted hours should never be more than 6 hours. This applies to ALL students. WE WILL CHECK PERIODICALLY.
7. Maximum Hours
This is a reminder that students are restricted to a maximum of SIX credit hours for Fall and Spring terms. Information on how to request a third course and requirements for obtaining this approval will be provided closer to the start of Phase II registration in January 2021.
8. Computing Systems Curriculum Updates
There have been two newly-approved curriculum changes to the Computing Systems specialization (http://omscs.gatech.edu/specialization-computing-systems):
- Any CS 8803 class that is taught by a School of Computer Science faculty member (https://scs.gatech.edu/people/faculty) may count as a Computing Systems elective. For our purposes, that means that CS 8803-O08: Compilers: Theory and Practice and CS 8803-O11: Information Security Lab: System and Network Defenses will now be considered foundational and may now count towards the Computer Science specialization.
- Any additional Computing Systems specialization core courses beyond the 9-hour requirement can be counted as Computing Systems specialization elective courses.
9. New OMSCS Course Number: CS 6603 AI, Ethics, and Society
CS 8803-O10: AI, Ethics, and Society has received a permanent course number, CS6603. As a reminder, this will be considered foundational, as it will count towards the Machine Learning and Interactive Intelligence specializations as a specialization elective. Our website will be updated to reflect this once this obtains official approval from the Board of Regents.
10. New OMSCS Courses
We will be offering four new OMSCS courses starting in Spring 2021:
- CS 7632 Game AI will be taught by Jeff Wilson. This will count towards the Interactive Intelligence specialization and is considered foundational. We anticipate a maximum enrollment of 100 students for the first term. More information can be found on the course's dedicated page, as well as in David Joyner’s email from yesterday.
- CS 7210 Distributed Computing will be taught by Ada Gavrilovska. This will count towards the Computing Systems specialization and is considered foundational. We anticipate a maximum enrollment of 100 students for the first term. More information will available on the course's dedicated page soon, as well as in David Joyner’s email from yesterday.
- CS 7280 Network Science will be taught by Constantine Dovrolis. This will count towards the Computing Systems specialization and is considered foundational. We anticipate a maximum enrollment of 100 students for the first term. More information is available on the course's dedicated page, as well as in David Joyner’s email from yesterday.
- CS 8803-O12: Systems Issues in Cloud Computing will be taught by Kishore Ramachandran. This will count towards the Computing Systems specialization and is considered foundational. We anticipate a maximum enrollment of 50 students for the first term in two sections of 25 students. Time slots for the two sections will be visible in OSCAR when you register, and both time slots will be in the late afternoon/evening in US time zones. More information can be found on the course's dedicated page, as well as in David Joyner’s email from yesterday.
11. OMS Analytics and OMS Cybersecurity Courses Available for OMSCS Students
Most of the courses from OMS Analytics and OMS Cybersecurity that we have opened to OMSCS students in the past will continue to be available in Spring 2021, including CS 6238, CS 6250, CS 6260, CS 6265, CS 8803-O11, CSE 6242, ECE 8843, ISYE 6402, ISYE 6420, ISYE 6501, ISYE 6644, ISYE 8803, and PUBP 6725.
Additionally, there will be two new courses opened to OMSCS students:
- MGT 6311: Digital Marketing
- ISYE 6669: Deterministic Optimization
Please note that neither course is foundational. More information on these courses will be available on the current courses list soon.
***Please remember that per the program rules (https://www.cc.gatech.edu/future/masters/mscs): "A maximum of 6 hours may be taken at the 4000-level and/or with a subject code other than CS or CSE.”***
This is a reminder that you can review your academic progress at any time by logging onto DegreeWorks at www.degreeworks.gatech.edu using your GT credentials. Here you also can review your degree status if you have petitioned to graduate and any exceptions that we have applied to your program of study. It is advisable for all students to look at DegreeWorks at least once per semester during a regular enrolled term and at least four times per semester during your graduating semester (before Phase II registration ends, after Phase II ends, after the withdrawal deadline, and after final grades are in). If you find any discrepancies, please report those to your advisor. Please note that we generally do not apply exceptions in DegreeWorks until AFTER you have petitioned to graduate.
13. Fee Payment Deadline
The deadline to pay your tuition for Spring 2021 is Monday, January 25 at 4:00pm ET.
Reminder: The social media communities such as MeWe (www.mewe.com/join/georgiatechomscs) and reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/OMSCS/) can be great resources, but please note that they are student-run and are not an official method of communication from our office.
Below you will find some FAQs about registration.
If you have any additional questions after reading through this information, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your full name and your nine-digit GT ID number (90X-XX-XXXX), remembering to replace the first two digits with “xx”.
Q: If I will complete the foundational requirement at the end of Fall 2020, can I register for non-foundational courses for Spring 2021?
A: Yes, but you will have to wait until Phase II in January to do so.
Q: I have a missing documentation hold. How do I get it removed?
A: Please contact Graduate Studies at 404-894-1610 or email@example.com.
Q: I have a cohort restriction, but I completed my Foundational Requirement. What should I do?
A: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and request to have that restriction removed. Please include your full name and nine-digit GT ID number (90X-XX-XXXX), remembering to replace the first two digits with “xx”.
Q: Can I take the Spring 2021 semester off without penalty?
A: If you enrolled in Fall 2020, you can take Spring 2021 off without penalty. If you did not enroll in Fall 2020, you must enroll in Spring 2021 or else you will have to apply for readmission (https://registrar.gatech.edu/alumni/readmission). As a reminder, a “W” counts as a record of enrollment. Therefore, if you withdrew from your Fall 2020 course(s), this counts as a record of enrollment.
Q: Why is my time ticket not on the first day of registration?
A: Graduate students are typically one of the last groups to become active as far as time tickets during registration. Therefore, your time ticket is unlikely to be for the first day of registration.
Q: I am graduating at the end of the Spring 2021 semester, but I cannot register for and/or wait list for the course(s) I need to graduate. What do I do?
A: The academic advisors will begin the first audit for potential Spring 2021 degree candidates over the next few weeks and will make note of which courses students need in order to graduate. Please be sure to enroll in the course(s) you need to graduate as soon as you time ticket opens. If the courses are full, be sure to add yourself to the wait list and monitor your account frequently and carefully so that you do not miss a wait list notification, if you receive one. As an official degree candidate (meaning that you submitted your OAG and completed Program of Study form by our departmental deadline), you will receive priority on the wait list for the specialization course(s) you need to graduate next semester, most likely closer to Phase II registration in January. Please note that priority will not be given for “free” electives. Overall, please do not panic if you are not able to add the particular course(s) you need right away, as this is a long registration period, and there will be another opportunity to register during Phase II.
Q: I have a “Financial Agreement” hold on my account. What do I do?
A: As a reminder, you should have received or will be receiving information from the Registrar’s Office regarding a new “Financial Agreement” hold that will be placed on all students’ accounts. This hold will prevent students from registering; however, you can clear the hold immediately in OSCAR, and you can do so before registration/your time ticket becomes active. You should see the hold in the standard “Holds” section of OSCAR. You will need to review the financial agreement, agree to it, and submit, and the hold will be removed automatically. There is text available in OSCAR with these instructions. Please refer to the email sent to you by the Registrar’s Office for more information.
Q: Why is there a “Registrar Location” hold on my account?
A: To comply with the federal regulations that went into effect July 1, 2020, the Institute needs to know where students are physically located while enrolled.
Q: How do I remove the “Registrar Location” hold on my account.
A: From the Registration menu in OSCAR, select “Term Study Location Identification”, select your location from the pull-down menu, and then click “Submit”. Successful completion of this task clears the hold from your account and will allow you to continue with registration.
Q: Does the “Registrar Location” hold apply to international students?
A: This applies to all students, domestic and international. If students are physically located outside of the United States, they will select “*Foreign State” from the drop-down menu. This should be the first option:
Q: Will more seats be added to the OMSCS sections of the OMS Analytics and/or OMS Cybersecurity courses?
A: Since these courses are managed by the OMS Analytics and OMS Cybersecurity programs, we do not have control over how many seats will be made available to OMSCS students. If the course is full, we recommend adding yourself to the wait list as soon as possible and monitoring your account closely and frequently in case you receive a wait list notification.
Q: How many non-CS/CSE courses am I allowed to count toward my MSCS degree?
A: Per the program rules (https://www.cc.gatech.edu/future/masters/mscs), a maximum of 6 hours may be taken at the 4000-level and/or with a subject code other than CS or CSE.