Program Announcements

**If you have any advising-related questions after reading the information below, please send a message to oms-advising@cc.gatech.edu and include your full name and nine-digit GT ID number (90X-XX-XXXX).**

 

This is a reminder that most graduate students will begin registering on Wednesday, November 6.  In case you missed our announcement last week, the Registrar’s Office has updated time tickets to more closely mirror the way they have worked in previous semesters.  Please be sure to check your time ticket again if you have not done so recently.  As a reminder, here is the link on how to view your time ticket:  https://registrar.gatech.edu/registration/time-tickets.

 

Please note the following:

 

  • New “Financial Agreement” Hold for ALL Students:  As explained in the message below, the Registrar’s Office recently sent information regarding a new “Financial Agreement” hold that has been placed on all students’ accounts.  This hold will prevent students from registering; however, you can clear the hold immediately in OSCAR and do not need to wait until your time ticket becomes active.  On the Registration menu, select “Financial Responsibility Agreement”, read the agreement, enter your initials, and then click “Submit”.  Successful completion of this task clears the hold from your account and will allow you to continue with registration.
  • Wait List Notifications and Email Forwarding:  As stated in the Orientation document, the Institute, as well as the department, will use your Georgia Tech email address as your official contact.  You are required to keep it active, and you are expected to read your email DAILY (http://www.catalog.gatech.edu/rules/3/).  Also, even if you have arranged for your GT email to be forwarded to your personal account, we encourage you to check your GT email account directly and often.  We had a significant number of students contact us during the last registration period because they missed their wait list notification due to an issue with their email forwarding.  Unfortunately, no exceptions can or will be made simply because you missed an email that was sent by our department and/or the Institute, including your wait list notification.
  • New Course Pages:  As more courses are being made available to students in the OMSCS program, we are working to create individual pages for each of these courses on our website athttp://www.omscs.gatech.edu/current-courses.  Please note that this information is being added as it becomes available, so we encourage you to check back periodically for updates.  Note also that some pages from earlier courses have been updated with new syllabi and recommended prerequisite knowledge.

Finally, please be sure to review the email that was sent below on October 24 for important information about the Spring 2020 Phase I registration period.

If you have any advising-related questions after reading through this information, please send a message to oms-advising@cc.gatech.edu and include your full name and your nine-digit GT ID number (90X-XX-XXXX).

Please remember that Phase I registration is for RETURNING OMSCS STUDENTS ONLY.  New students will register during Phase II.

SPRING 2020 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 2020 Phase I after 6:00pm ET today (Thursday, October 24), if they are not viewable already.  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, and we have no control over that process.  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 OMS CS students’time tickets to begin several days after the registration period opens.

2.  Registration Holds

It is possible you may have a registration hold due to missing documents or missing immunization documentation.  Here is the link to check your holds:  https://registrar.gatech.edu/registration/holds.

If you have an “immunization” hold, please send an email to immunizations@health.gatech.edu to request a waiver so that you can get that hold removed.

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 oms-advising@cc.gatech.edu, and we will remove it for you.  Please include your full name and nine-digit GT ID number (90X-XX-XXXX) in that ticket.**

NEW “FINANCIAL AGREEMENT” HOLD FOR ALL STUDENTS:  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 allstudents’ 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.

3.  How to Register for Classes

Here is the link on how to register for classes:  https://registrar.gatech.edu/registration/registration-information.

4.  Spring 2020 Facts

Spring Phase I registration opens on Monday, October 28, and ends on Friday, December 13 at 4:00pm ET.

The Spring 2020 term begins on January 6 and ends on May 2.

You can check the Spring 2020 term academic calendar on the Registrar’s website at https://registrar.gatech.edu/calendar.

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 oms-advising@cc.gatech.edu 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”, 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”, 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.

5.  Waitlisting

We WILL be “waitlisting” during Phase I for Spring 2020.  

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.

6.  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 2020.

7.  New OMSCS Course:  CS 8803-O10 AI, Ethics, and Society

A new OMSCS course has been developed and will be available for OMSCS students in Spring 2020, CS 8803-O10 AI, Ethics, and Society.  This course will be accepted as a specialization elective course for both the Interactive Intelligence and Machine Learning specializations.  Our website will be updated to reflect this once this obtains official approval from the Board of Regents.  If you have applied to graduate for Spring 2020 and wish to change your course selection(s), you do not need to submit a new Program of Study form unless you are changing your specialization.

8.  OMS Analytics Courses Available for OMSCS Students

We have received confirmation that OMS Analytics courses will be offered to OMSCS students for the Spring 2020 semester:

  • ISYE 6402 Time Series Analysis will be opened to a small number of OMSCS students.  This course does not fulfill any of the specializations offered through the OMSCS program and therefore will not count toward the foundational requirement.  It can be counted toward the “free” elective requirement of the MSCS degree.
  • ISYE 6420 Bayesian Statistics also will be available for OMSCS students to take in Spring 2020.  Again, the enrollment in this course will be limited.  This course satisfies the specialization elective requirement for Machine Learning (http://www.omscs.gatech.edu/specialization-machine-learning) and will be considered as a foundational course.
  • ISYE 6644 Simulation will be open for the first time to a small number of OMSCS students in the spring.  This course does not fulfill any of the specializations offered through the OMSCS program and therefore will not count toward the foundational requirement.  It can be counted toward the “free” elective requirement of the MSCS degree.
  • ISYE 6501 Introduction to Analytics Modeling also will be open to a small number of OMSCS students for Spring 2020.  Again, the course does not fulfill any of the specializations offered through the OMSCS program and will not count toward the foundational requirement.  It can be counted toward the “free” elective requirement of the MSCS degree.

***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.”***

9.  OMS Cybersecurity Courses Available for OMSCS Students

There are several OMS Cybersecurity courses that are being offered to OMSCS students for the Spring 2020 semester:

  • CS 6265 Information Security Lab will be opened to a small number of OMSCS students.  The course description listed on the OMS Cybersecurity’s website (https://pe.gatech.edu/degrees/cybersecurity?section=curriculum) states the following:  Computer systems and network vulnerabilities, information warfare, network and operating system security techniques, security analysis tools.  This course does not fulfill any of the specializations offered through the OMSCS program and therefore will not count toward the foundational requirement.  It can be counted toward the “free” elective requirement of the MSCS degree.
  • CS 6238 Secure Computer Systems also will be available for OMSCS students to take in Spring 2020.  Again, the enrollment in this course will be limited.  This course satisfies the specialization elective requirement for Computing Systems (http://www.omscs.gatech.edu/specialization-computing-systems) and will be considered as a foundational course.
  • CS 8803-O11 Information Security Lab: System and Network Defenses is a new OMS Cybersecurity course that will be made available to a select number of OMSCS students.  This course does not fulfill any of the specializations offered through the OMSCS program and therefore will not count toward the foundational requirement.  It can be counted toward the “free” elective requirement of the MSCS degree.
  • PUBP 6725 Information Security Policies will be made available again to a small number of OMSCS students.  This course does not fulfill any of the specializations offered through the OMSCS program and therefore will not count toward the foundational requirement.  It can be counted toward the “free” elective requirement of the MSCS degree.

***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.”***

10. DegreeWorks

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.

11.  Fee Payment Deadline

The deadline to pay your tuition for Spring 2020 is Monday, January 13 at 4:00pm Eastern Time.

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 anofficial method of communication from our office.

Below you will find some FAQs about registration.

As a reminder, if you have any additional questions after reading through this information, please send a message to oms-advising@cc.gatech.edu and include your full name and your nine-digit GT ID number (90X-XX-XXXX).

FAQs:

Q:  If I will complete the foundational requirement at the end of Fall 2019, can I register for non-foundational courses for Spring 2020?
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 gradinfo@mail.gatech.edu.

Q:  I have a cohort restriction, but I completed my Foundational Requirement.  What should I do?
A
:  Please email oms-advising@cc.gatech.edu and request to have that restriction removed.  Please include your full name and nine-digit GT ID number (90X-XX-XXXX).

Q:  Can I take the Spring 2020 semester off without penalty? 
A:  
If you enrolled in Fall 2019, you can take Spring 2020 off without penalty.  If you did not enroll in Fall 2019, you must enroll in Spring 2020 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 2019 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 2020 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 2020 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 very long registration period, and there will be another opportunity to register for courses 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:  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.