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					CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY CODE .............................................................. 6
SCHOOL OF COMPUTER SCIENCE ....................................................................... 6
   COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT ............................................................................ 6
   INSTITUTE FOR SOFTWARE RESEARCH ....................................................................... 6
   MAILING ADDRESS FOR SCS ..................................................................................... 6
MSE MISSION STATEMENT .................................................................................... 7
MSE - WHO WE ARE, WHERE WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO ................................ 8
REQUIREMENTS TO OBTAIN THE MSE DEGREE .............................................. 11
   COURSE OF STUDY ................................................................................................. 11
     What is an elective? .......................................................................................... 11
     What courses count as an elective? ................................................................. 12
   INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSES ................................................................................ 12

GRADES ................................................................................................................. 13
   ACADEMIC PROBATION ............................................................................................ 13
   CHANGE OF GRADES AND MISSING GRADES ............................................................. 14
   QUALIFYING EXAMINATIONS AND PROCEDURES (OR EQUIVALENT) ................................ 14
   THESIS/DISSERTATION PROPOSAL ............................................................................ 14
   OTHER PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS/EXAMINATIONS (OR EQUIVALENT)............................... 14
   GRADUATION AND DEGREE COMPLETION SPECIFICATIONS .......................................... 14
   TEACHING REQUIREMENTS....................................................................................... 15
   LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS ................................................................. 15
ADVISING ............................................................................................................... 15
   ROLE OF THE ADVISOR ............................................................................................ 15
   ROLE OF THE STUDENT ............................................................................................ 15
   HOW AND WHEN ADVISOR IS SELECTED ..................................................................... 15
   HOW TO CHANGE ADVISORS ..................................................................................... 15
ORIENTATION ........................................................................................................ 15
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT                                                                                                  15
POLICY ................................................................................................................... 16
   ON COURSES TAKEN OUTSIDE THE DEPARTMENT AND HOW THESE WILL BE GRADED. ..... 16
   ON WHEN A STUDENT IS DEFINED AS ABD, IN ABSENTIA, ETC. ..................................... 16
   CONDITIONS FOR LEAVE OF ABSENCE/RETURN FROM LEAVE OF ABSENCE .................. 16
   RESIDENCE REQUIREMENTS..................................................................................... 17
   ON TRANSFER FROM MASTER‟S TO DOCTORAL PROGRAMS ......................................... 17
   ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AS IT APPLIES TO GRADUATE STUDENT AND
   ADVISOR/INSTRUCTOR COLLABORATION …… .. ………………………………………….17
   ON PARTICIPATION IN GRADUATION ……… . ……………………………………………17
   UNIVERSITY POLICY ON CHEATING AND PLAGARISM…… ..……………………………..17
STUDENT RIGHTS ................................................................................................. 18
   FORM OF REVIEW /REDRESS FOR ACADEMIC CONFLICTS. ............................................. 18
   “GRANDFATHER” POLICY.......................................................................................... 18
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DEPARTMENT RESOURCES ................................................................................ 18
   BULLETIN BOARD .................................................................................................... 18
   CONFERENCE ROOMS ............................................................................................. 18
   COPY MACHINES .................................................................................................... 18
   DEPARTMENT COMPUTER CLUSTERS ........................................................................ 19
   DEPARTMENTAL DIRECTORY .................................................................................... 19
   DEPARTMENTAL LIBRARY ......................................................................................... 19
   EXPRESS MAIL/UPS/FEDEX                                ..................................................................... 19
   FAX ....................................................................................................................... 19
   MAILBOXES ............................................................................................................ 19
   STUDENT MEETING ROOMS ..................................................................................... 19
   MEDIA ROOMS ........................................................................................................ 19
   OFFICE SPACE ....................................................................................................... 20
   KEYS …………………. .......................................................................................... 20
   SECURITY .............................................................................................................. 20
   REPAIRS ................................................................................................................ 20
     COMPUTING EQUIPMENT ...................................................................................... 20
     FURNITURE ........................................................................................................ 20
     SERVICES .......................................................................................................... 20
   OFFICE SUPPLIES ................................................................................................... 20
   TELEPHONES                                .....                                                                             21

ENROLLMENT ........................................................................................................ 21
   REGISTRATION PROCEDURES ................................................................................... 21
   DROP/ADD/AUDITING PROCEDURES ......................................................................... 22
   COURSES WITH RESTRICTED ENROLLMENT ................................................................ 22
TUITION .................................................................................................................. 22
   TUITION PAYMENTS ................................................................................................. 22
   TUITION PAYMENT FOR SUMMER COURSES/FULL-TIME STUDENTS .......................... 22
   TUITION REFUND POLICY FOR FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME STUDENTS ....................... 22
   SPONSORED STUDENTS………………………………………………………………… . 22
   EMPLOYER REIMBURSEMENT PROCEDURE ............................................................... 22
   CARNEGIE MELLON EMPLOYEE ............................................................................... 22
   FULL-TIME/PART-TIME STATUS REQUIREMENTS ............................................................................. 23
FINANCIAL AID ...................................................................................................... 23
   EXTERNAL FELLOWSHIPS…… ......                                                                         23
   MSE FELLOW                                                        .....                               23
   FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE MSE PROGRAM .....                                                          23
   PART - TIME EMPLOYMENT WITH THE SEI ................................................................. 23
UNIVERSITY SERVICES ........................................................................................ 23
   ACADEMIC SUPPORT ............................................................................................... 23
   CAREER SERVICES ................................................................................................. 24
   CHILD CARE ........................................................................................................... 24
   COMPUTER CLUSTERS ............................................................................................ 24
   COMPUTING SERVICES/ANDREW ACCOUNTS............................................................. 24
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   DINING ................................................................................................................... 24
   GENERAL INFORMATION .......................................................................................... 24
   GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY .............................................................................. 24
   HEALTH SERVICES .................................................................................................. 24
   HOUSING ............................................................................................................... 24
   LIBRARIES .............................................................................................................. 25
   PARKING ................................................................................................................ 25
   POST OFFICE ...                                                                                                      ..... 25
   SECURITY .............................................................................................................. 25
   TRANSPORTATION (ESCORT, SHUTTLE, SAFE-WALK) ................................................... 25
CALENDARS .......................................................................................................... 25
   ACADEMIC CALENDAR ............................................................................................. 25
   MASTER CALENDAR ................................................................................................ 25
STUDENT IDENTIFICATION .................................................................................. 25
   STUDENT LDS ........................................................................................................ 25
   CHANGE OF STUDENT LD NUMBERS ......................................................................... 26
   CHANGE OF NAME .................................................................................................. 26
   CHANGE OF ADDRESS ............................................................................................. 26
SCHEDULES ........................................................................................................... 26
   MSE COURSE SCHEDULES ..................................................................................... 26
   EXAMINATION SCHEDULES....................................................................................... 27
   COURSE MATERIALS ............................................................................................... 27
   MAKE-UP EXAMS .................................................................................................... 27
   GRADES ................................................................................................................. 27
   INCOMPLETE GRADES ............................................................................................. 27
   GRADE REPORTS.................................................................................................... 27
   TRANSCRIPTS ......................................................................................................... 28
   LATE GRADUATION ................................................................................................. 28
   DEFERMENT OF BEGINNING OF PROGRAM................................................................. 28
GENERAL INFORMATION ..................................................................................... 28
   REASONABLE PERSON POLICY................................................................................. 28
     Conference rooms ............................................................................................ 28
     Accidents on CMU property .............................................................................. 28
     Electronic Bboards............................................................................................ 28
   EXPENSES ............................................................................................................. 28
   SOCIAL COMMITTEE ................................................................................................ 29
   PARKING ................................................................................................................ 29
MSE PROGRAM ADMINISTRATORS .................................................................... 29
USEFUL WEBSITES ............................................................................................... 29




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Introduction

  This document is intended to be an informal source of information for students in the
  Master of Software Engineering (MSE) Programs in the School of Computer Science.
  Some of this information is specific to the MSE program. In some cases, the CMU policy,
  or part of the CMU policy, has been reprinted as a matter of convenience. All rules are
  subject to change.

  CMU policies are on file in the President’s office and can be viewed at the following
  student policies link:
           http://www.cmu.edu/policies/

  The Master of Software Engineering (MSE) program in the School of Computer Science
  adheres to all CMU published policies and regulations. Knowledge of these policies and
  regulations is the responsibility of each student. Information pertinent to graduate
  students at CMU can be viewed on the Graduate Student Services page:
            http://www.cmu.edu/graduate/student-services/index.html
  This site was created to provide graduate students with a broad list of resources and
  information for everything from social life in Pittsburgh to financial aid.

  All graduate students at Carnegie Mellon are expected to familiarize themselves with and
  follow applicable University policies and procedures, as well as any applicable college
  and department policies. University policies that are most frequently of concern to
  graduate students can be found at:
                            http://www.cmu.edu/graduate/policies/


Dedication
  This guide is dedicated to the late MSE graduate, Curtis M. Scott, who started the idea of
  helping incoming MSE students with his Uncle Rusty’s Guide to the Telesoft
  Environment.

  It is for use by MSE and MSE-SE students only. All other uses must receive the
  written permission from program administrators.


Jane Dixon Miller
Master of Software Engineering Program
School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


  Updated: August 2010




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Carnegie Mellon University Code
Students at Carnegie Mellon, because they are members of an academic community
dedicated to the achievement of excellence, are expected to meet the highest standards of
personal, ethical and moral conduct possible. These standards require personal integrity, a
commitment to honesty without compromise, as well as truth without equivocation and a
willingness to place the good of the community above the good of the self. Obligations once
undertaken must be met, commitments kept.

As members of the Carnegie Mellon community, individuals are expected to uphold the
standards of the community in addition to holding others accountable for said standards. It is
rare that the life of a student in an academic community can be so private that it will not
affect the community as a whole or that the above standards do not apply.

The discovery, advancement and communication of knowledge are not possible without a
commitment to these standards. Creativity cannot exist without acknowledgment of the
creativity of others. New knowledge cannot be developed without credit for prior knowledge.
Without the ability to trust that these principles will be observed, an academic community
cannot exist. The commitment of its faculty, staff and students to these standards
contributes to the high respect in which the Carnegie Mellon degree is held. Students must
not destroy that respect by their failure to meet these standards. Students who cannot meet
them should voluntarily withdraw from the University.




Carnegie Mellon University Statement of Assurance
  Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate and Carnegie Mellon University is required not to
  discriminate in admission, employment or administration of its programs on the basis of race, color, national
  origin, sex or handicap in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational
  Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or other federal, state or local laws,
  or executive orders.
  In addition, Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate in admission, employment or administration
  of its programs on the basis of religion, creed, ancestry, belief, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or in
  violation of federal, state or local laws, or executive orders. While the federal government does continue to
  exclude gays, lesbians and bisexuals from receiving ROTC scholarships or serving in the military, ROTC
  classes on this campus are available to all students.

  Inquiries concerning application of these statements should be directed to either individual below:
  Provost                                                     Vice President for Enrollment
  Carnegie Mellon University                                  Carnegie Mellon University
  5000 Forbes Avenue                                          5000 Forbes Avenue
  Pittsburgh, PA 15213                                        Pittsburgh, PA 15213
  Ph: (412) 268-6684                                          Ph: (412) 268-2056


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School of Computer Science
Title                                    Name                          Phone

Computer Science Department

Dean                                     Randy Bryant                  268-8821

Head Computer Science Department         Peter Lee                     268-3049

Associate Dean for
Undergrad Education                      Klaus Sutner                  268-8510

Vice Provost for Res Computing           Howard Wactlar                268-2571

Assistant Dean, Industrial Relations     Catherine Copetas             268-8525

Assistant Dean Undergrad Education       Mark Stehlik                  268-3609

Technical Reports                        Catherine Copetas             268-8525

Institute for Software Research

Director, ISR                            Bill Scherlis                 268-8741
Director, Software Engineering
Professional Programs                    David Garlan                  268-5056

Assoc. Director, Distance Education      David Root                    268-5198

Mailing Address for Master of Software Engineering Programs
Masters Programs in Software Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
300 South Craig Street, 2nd floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 USA

Carnegie Mellon Directory

http://www.directory.andrew.cmu.edu


MSE Mission Statement
The goal of the graduate software engineering professional programs is to develop future leaders
of industrial software engineering practice – the future chief engineers, head designers, principal
technical officers of their companies. Graduates of the MSE program will not only understand
and be able to apply the best of current practice, but will also be able to act as Agents of Change
to improve that practice as the field evolves.




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MSE - Who we are, where we are, and what we do
                                                                             Office           Phone
Name                                                                         Location         Number
Faculty
David Garlan                                                                 WeH 5126         268-5056
Director, Software Engineering Professional Programs
SCS Professor
Instructor - Models of Software Systems
Instructor – Architectures for Software Systems
Email: garlan@cs.cmu.edu

Jonathan Aldrich                                                             WeH 4128         268-7278
Associate Professor
Instructor : Analysis of Software Artifacts
Email: jonathan.aldrich@cs.cmu.edu

Matthew Bass                                                                 SCRG 267         268-6163
Instructor - Enterprise Application Integration
Instructor – Systems Architecture for Managers
Mentor - Software Development Studio/Practicum
Email: mbass@cmu.edu

James D. Herbsleb                                                            WeH 5307         268-8933
Professor
Instructor – Methods: Deciding What to Design
Email: JDH@cs.cmu.edu

Tom Keating                                                                  GHC 4205         268-3728
Assistant Teaching Professor
Instructor - Communication for Software Engineers
Email: tkeating@cs.cmu.edu

Chris F. Kemerer                                                             University Pgh   648-1572
Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Adjunct Faculty - Technology Innovation, Adoption, and Diffusion
Email: ckemerer@katz.business.pitt.edu

Anthony J. (Tony) Lattanze                                                   SCRG 278         268-4736
Teaching Professor
Instructor – Hardware for Software Engineering
Instructor - Computer Science for Practicing Engineers
Mentor - Software Development Studio/Practicum
Email: lattanze@cs.cmu.edu

Eduardo Miranda                                                              SCRG 268         268-8450
Associate Teaching Professor
Instructor: Managing Software Development
Instructor: Estimating Software Development
Instructor: Management for SW Develop for Tech Executives
Mentor – Software Development Studio/Practicum
Email: emt.miranda@computer.org
Mark C. Paulk                                                                WeH 5101         268-5176
Senior Systems Scientist, ISR
Instructor - Seminar in Software Process
Email: mcp@sei.cmu.edu

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Linda Hutz Pesante                                                         SP 409           268-7783
Senior Writer/Editor, SEI
Instructor: Communication for Software Engineers
Mentor – Software Development Studio
Email: lhp@cert.org cmu.edu

David Root                                                                 SCRG 272         268-5198
Associate Teaching Professor
Associate Director, Distance Education Program
Instructor: Managing Software Development
Mentor – Software Development Studio/Practicum
Email: droot@cs.cmu.edu

Manuel (Mel) Rosso-Llopart                                                 SCRG 270         268-4629
Associate Teaching Professor
Instructor: Introduction to Personal Software Process
Instructor: Introduction to Team Software Process
Mentor – Software Development Studio/Practicum
Email: rosso@cs.cmu.edu

Mary M. Shaw                                                               WeH 5123         268-2589
A. J. Perlis Professor
Email: mary.shaw@cs.cmu.edu

Gil Taran
Adjunct Faculty
Instructor: Risk Management
Email: gtaran@cmu.edu

Mentors
Felix Bachmann SEI 5212                                                    268-6194
Senior Member of the Technical Staff, SEI
Email: fb@sei.cmu.edu

Philip Bianco                                                              SEI 5211         268-5387
Senior Member of the Technical Staff, SEI
Email: pbianco@sei.cmu.edu

Scott Hissam                                                               SEI 5206         268-6526
Member of the Technical Staff, SEI
Email: shissam@cmu.edu

Clifford C. (Cliff) Huff                                                   4570 Fifth Ave   268-7605
Member of the Technical Staff, SEI
Member: Admissions Committee
Email: cch@sei.cmu.edu

Mark H. Klein                                                              SEI 5204         268-7615
Senior Member of the Technical Staff, SEI
Member- Executive Committee/Admissions Committee
Email: mk@sei.cmu.edu

Grace A. Lewis SEI 5412                                                    268-5851
Senior Member of the Technical Staff, SEI
Member- Executive Committee/Admissions Committee
Email: glewis@sei.cmu.edu

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Gabriel A. Moreno                                                               SEI 5303       268-1213
Senior Member of the Technical Staff, SEI
Email: gmoreno@cmu.edu

Daniel Plakosh                                                                  SEI 5123       268-7197
Senior Member of the Technical Staff, SEI
Email: dplakosh@sei.cmu.edu

Marsha Pomeroy-Huff                                                             SEI 2406268-3423
Certification Assessment Specialist, SEI
Email: mph@sei.cmu.edu

Vijay Vadlamudi
Manager, Enterprise Business Systems, SEI
Member- Admissions Committee
Email: vijaysai@cmu.edu

Administrative Staff
Jane Dixon Miller
Masters Programs Manager/Assoc Director Internat‟l Initiatives                  SCRG 273       268-4359
Email: mil3@cs.cmu.edu

Ellen Saxon                                                                     SCRG 276       268-6441
Masters Programs Administrator
Email: ens@cs.cmu.edu

Linda Smith
Masters Programs Administrator                                                  SCRG 277       268-5067
Email: jtlsmith@cs.cmu.edu

Facilities Staff
Jim Skees                                                                       GHC 4103       268-7653
Director of Building Facilities, SCS
Email: skees@cs.cmu.edu

Paul Stockhausen                                                                GHC 4103       268-8223
Assistant Facilities Manager, SCS
Email: stocky@cs.cmu.edu

Technical Staff
Emanuel BowesWeH 5301                                                           268-3369
Systems Technician, ISR
Email: dalansky@cs.cmu.edu

Christopher Dalansky
Systems Manager
Email: dalansky@cs.cmu.edu

John Lombardo WEH 4116                                                          268-5414
Video Technician, ISR
Email: lumbo65@cs.cmu.edu

John T. Penderville                                                             WeH 4116       268-5413
Video Technician, ISR
Email: jtpender@andrew.cmu.edu


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Thomas W. Pope                                                            WeH 5301              268-8615
Research Programmer, ISR
Email: tpope@cmu.edu

Jennifer S. Potter                                                        Off-site
Courseware Specialist
Email: jspotter@cs.cmu.edu

Jim Tobin                                                                 WeH 4116              268-7695
Distance Video Technician Manager, ISR
Email: jtobin@cmu.edu

Carnegie Mellon Directory
http://www.cmu.edu/Directory

Requirements to obtain the MSE degree
In order to receive the Master of Software Engineering (MSE) degree, students must successfully
complete the following courses with an overall quality point average (QPA) of 3.0. If a grade
lower than “B-“ (B minus) is received in any core or Studio course, those courses must be
repeated, regardless of QPA. A “B-“ (B minus) or less in any course may jeopardize the student‟s
good standing in the program.

Attendance at one (1) program-related seminar each week is strongly encouraged.

Course units are listed as a convenience for those who wish to know this information. Three
CMU units are roughly equivalent to one credit hour of study. Therefore, a 12-unit course is
equivalent to a 4-credit course.

Course of study
•    5 Core Courses                                                                  12 units each
                 Models of Software Systems                      fall
                 Methods: Deciding What to Design                spring
                 Managing Software Development                   fall
                 Analysis of Software Artifacts                  spring
                 Architectures for Software Systems              spring

•       4 Software Development Studios
                Software Development Studio I                    fall                12 units
                Software Development Studio II                   spring              12 units
                Software Development Studio III                  summer              48 units
                Studio IV Reflective Practice                    fall                12 units

•       Communication for Software Engineers l                   fall                 3 units
        Communication for Software Engineers II                  spring               3 units

       Elective courses                                         varies              45 units (minimum)

Note: Maximum registration in any given semester is 60 units. Registration for greater than 60
units requires the advance permission and signature of the program director.




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What is an elective?
An elective is a course taken in addition to the core and Studio courses, in an area of interest to
the student, and is applicable to his or her software engineering degree. All MSE and MSIT
students are required to take a minimum of 45 units of elective coursework. Units associated
with elective courses vary. All students are advised to discuss their choice of electives with
his/her advisor, and receive approval before enrolling.

What courses count as electives?
Generally, electives are chosen from Computer Science, Robotics, Tepper School of Business,
Heinz College, Electrical Engineering, and Software Engineering, but they can come from any
school or department within Carnegie Mellon as long as:
           • the student has not already taken the course;
           • the course is in an area that is consistent with the student‟s career goals.
At most, one course can be a lower level undergraduate course that has been approved by
the student‟s advisor. This undergraduate course, however, does not factor into the student‟s
overall GPA. All elective courses taken for degree completion requirements must receive a
letter grade. Elective courses may be taken pass/fail, although neither the units nor the
course can be used toward degree completion requirements.

What about Independent Study courses?
An independent study course is one that is:
          • designed by the student for further study in a particular area of interest, and
          • is used when there is no formal course available in a given subject area.

Units completed via IS may vary from 9 – 18 maximum. Each Independent Study course,
regardless of the proposed units, will fulfill the requirement of one elective course only. A
maximum of (2) Independent Studies is permitted to apply toward degree completion
requirements.

Each Independent Study course must be advised and approved by at least one faculty member,
as well as the Program(s)‟s Director(s). Agreement to supervise an Independent Study course is
purely voluntary on the part of the faculty member. It is the duty of the student, therefore, to
negotiate the terms and conditions of the Independent Study with the pertinent faculty member(s)
or member/s of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) technical staff who will be supervising the
study. These individuals are referred to as “Independent Study Supervisors”.

Once the student identifies the individual who will supervise, he/she must:
       • enter into an agreement with the mentor that clearly defines learning expectations,
          schedules and timelines, and IS deliverables
       • retrieve an “Independent Study Contract Form” from the Program Office (SCRG
          276), completing the form in its entirety
       • develop a detailed IS proposal that includes the work to be done, the deliverables,
          and the agreed-upon expectations as defined with the IS mentor
       • submit the form, inclusive of signatures of the student and the supervisor, to the
          Programs Manager for review by the Program Director
       • following additional revisions and once approved by the Program Director, the IS
          form will be processed by the Programs Office (SCRG 276).

Independent Study contracts must be submitted no later than 2 weeks following the start of
classes. Students who fail to submit Independent Study contracts within the established time
frame may receive a grade of “R” for the course.
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Grades
       •   All courses offered through the program are graded on the 4.3 grading standard
                        http://www.cmu.edu/policies/documents/Grades.html
       •   MSE students must maintain a “B or better” overall average. “B” is equivalent to a
           3.0 QPA.
       •   “R” = Failure. This grade is not acceptable for any graduate student.
           CMU policy specifies that a student who receives an “R” grade in any core course
           must retake and repay for the course. The MSE program adheres to this and all
           CMU policies.
       •   If a grade lower than “B-” (B minus) is received in any core course or Studio, those
           courses must be repeated, regardless of QPA.          A “B-“ (B minus) or less in any
           course may jeopardize the student‟s good standing in the program.

Student Review
The MSE faculty conducts academic progress reviews each mid- and end-semester period in the
fall, spring, and summer terms in order to monitor individual student and project team
performances. Should a student‟s effort fall below the acceptable level of academic performance
and/or fail to meet standards established by Carnegie Mellon and the MSE program, the student
will be appropriately notified and risks termination from the program.

Procedure for written notification of “inadequate progress toward a degree”
Following the posting of mid-term grades, students are notified orally and/or in writing of less-
than-acceptable progress in their course(s) of study. Recommendations for a plan of action will
be offered and expectations set for the student to demonstrate improvement. These expectations
must be met by the end of the same semester.

Academic Probation
Student progress will be monitored each semester. Should a student‟s overall QPA drop below
3.0 during any semester, he/she will be placed on departmental probation for the following
semester and will be required to improve his/her performance to the acceptable 3.0 QPA during
that period. Failure to improve a QPA to 3.0 or better within the following semester may result in
termination from the program.

Change of Grades and Missing Grades
Final grades will be changed only in exceptional circumstances and only with the approval of
the instructor and the program.
         A graduate student who believes that the final grade assigned for a course is
            incorrect should:
                        1. Discuss the matter informally with the course instructor responsible
                           for the course in which the student believes an inappropriate grade
                           has been awarded;
                        2. Provide evidence that the grade issued was not the grade earned.
                        3. If the instructor agrees, the student should contact the
                           program administrator to process a Change of Grade
                           Form in order to correct the grade that was issued in error.

       PLEASE NOTE: “My employer won‟t reimburse me for the cost of the course if I don‟t
          get an „A‟” is not a valid reason for requesting a change of grade. Students must
          provide the instructor with proof that an earned grade is higher than the one that
          was assigned. The instructor holds final authority with respect to student grades.
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           If the instructor and the graduate student do not agree, and the student is not
            satisfied with the instructor‟s grade decision, the student may appeal to the
            department head within fourteen (14) days of the final grade award. This is done
            with a formal, written letter and provision of the appropriate documentation. For
            university policy on grade appeals, see:
                      http://www.cmu.edu/hub/registration/graduates/grading.html
                          http://www.cmu.edu/policies/documents/Grades.html

        •   If a grade has not been assigned, please notify the course instructor for completion
            of a Missing Grade Form.

Qualifying examinations and procedures (or equivalent)
     None required

Thesis/dissertation
     None required

Other public presentations/examinations (or equivalent)
      • Studio

                    Various group presentations throughout the program duration.
                    Mid-semester presentation (MOSP, mid spring and summer semesters)
                    End-of-semester presentation (req‟d at the end fall/spring semesters).
                    Final presentation at the conclusion of the summer semester; generally
                    the first week of August.
                    Studio IV Reflective poster session, generally scheduled in mid to end-
                    November.
        •   As required by individual courses.

Graduation and degree completion specifications and summary requirements
     • None required

Teaching requirements
     • None required

Language proficiency requirements
     • English language proficiency is expected, as demonstrated and verified in the admissions process.

Advising
Role of the advisor
An advisor will be assigned to each student at the start of the program. The advisor‟s role is to:
       • offer advice on appropriate elective courses to meet individual career goals;
       • monitor student progress throughout the program;
       • evaluate student performance as related to English language proficiency and
           suggest appropriate intervention, as needed;
       • recommend and help arrange for tutoring, if needed;
       • recommend disciplinary action to the MSE Executive Committee, if needed;

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       •   meet at the conclusion of each semester to discuss student progress and to
           provide progress documentation to the student.

Mentors of the Software Development Studio may choose to act as advisors on an informal basis.

Role of the student
      • Initial advising is done at the MSE Orientation;
      • Students are responsible for making subsequent appointments with their program-
           assigned advisors. Opportunities for such meetings include mid-term (prior to
           registration for the following semester) for advice on courses to take in the
           upcoming semester.

How to change advisors
If a student experiences difficulty working with his/her assigned advisor, the relationship and
associated circumstances should be discussed openly and directly with the assigned advisor. In
the event that no resolution is forthcoming, the student should discuss the situation(s) with the
MSE Program Director and offer suggestions for an alternate advisor. The Director will act as
arbiter regarding advising change requests.

Orientation
The MSE program offers a mandatory orientation to new students during the week prior to the
beginning of fall classes. This orientation may also be attended by continuing students and may
be followed shortly thereafter with a “refresher” of procedures.

Professional development
In order to support the student‟s personal and professional goals, the MSE program has worked
with the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) to secure a reduced rate for students enrolling in
SEI courses.
  Types of professional development
      • Software Engineering Institute (SEI) professional short course
       •   Software Engineering conference/workshop attendance.

  Securing professional development funding
     • Gather all pertinent information and discuss it with your advisor.
            Students must justify attendance at a course by explaining how it
            relates to his/her career goals and professional growth.
       •   For an SEI short course, a student should download an application from
           the SEI website and complete all but the “how to pay” and “cost” portions
            of the forms. Give the completed application to the Programs Administrator
            who will process the request.

  NOTE: MSE program participants receive a discounted price for SEI courses. Individuals
  paying full course fees, however, are given priority for registration. If the course(s) chosen is
  fully subscribed, the student will be dropped from the course(s) regardless of advance
  registration and will be notified by the SEI of his/her status in the course. The SEI does not
  guarantee a student‟s acceptance and/or attendance in any SEI course.




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  Information on software engineering-related conferences and workshops is readily available.
  Students are encouraged to subscribe to SEWorld at the following web address for regular
  mailings on event schedules:
                                http://www.sigsoft.org/seworld/
Policy
On courses taken outside the department
     • Students may take courses outside the department. Generally, these are courses
           offered by, but not limited to, SCS, Tepper, Robotics, Heinz College, and ECE.
           Only those approved by the student‟s advisor will be counted toward the
           completion of elective requirements. (See above for elective requirement.) When
           in doubt regarding course approval, students should confer with their advisor.
       •   All grades must comply with Carnegie Mellon University‟s grading policy. Refer to
           http://www.cmu.edu/policies/documents/Grades.html for further clarification.

Conditions pertaining to a Leave of Absence
      • Students who are in good standing may apply for a Leave of Absence from the
           program. Such a Leave of Absence is usually granted for a maximum of no
           more than one year and must be formalized by a written request. After that
           time, the student must contact the department for possible re-entry into the
           program.
       •   The MSE program reserves the right to set re-entry conditions that must be met
           when a student returns from a Leave of Absence. A student will be granted only
           one Leave of Absence from the MSE program.
          University policy on Leave of Absence and Return from Leave of Absence can be
           referenced at:
                            http://www.cmu.edu/policies/documents/StLeave.html
                                http://www.cmu.edu/hub/registration/leave.html

   Incomplete grades delaying graduation
      • If an Incomplete grade is earned during the semester in which the student expects
           to graduate, the student may choose to:
                      1.) accept the grade of “I” (Incomplete), thus delaying
                         graduation until the successful completion of the course
                                                or
                      2.) accept a grade of “C”, be certified to graduate,
                          successfully complete the required course work,
                          and request a change of grade to reflect the
                         completion of assignments.

Duration of the program
The MSE full-time campus degree program is designed to be completed in a 4 consecutive
semesters. The program can be pursued in a part-time format, and must be completed within five
(5) years from the time in which the student matriculates into the program.

Residence requirements
   None required




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On transfer from master’s to doctoral programs
      • If the requirements for the Master of Software Engineering degree have not been
            completed when a student leaves to pursue another academic program, the MSE
            degree will not be awarded.

        •   Completion of the Master of Software Engineering degree does not guarantee
            admission into any doctoral degree program at Carnegie Mellon. The courses
            that are completed as part of the MSE program may serve to enhance a student‟s
            application to these programs, but will in no way ensure admittance.

On intellectual property as it applies to student/instructor collaboration
 The professional graduate software engineering programs adheres to Carnegie Mellon‟s policy:
                        http://www.cmu.edu/policies/documents/IntellProp.html

 On participating in campus commencement
Graduates of the 16-month MSE program participate in the commencement ceremony in May of
the year following the completion of their degree requirements.

University Policy on Cheating or Plagiarism
Students at Carnegie Mellon are engaged in preparation for professional activity of the highest
standards. Each profession constrains its members with both ethical responsibilities and
disciplinary limits. To assure the validity of the learning experience, a university establishes clear
standards for student work.

In any presentation--- creative, artistic, or research--- it is the ethical responsibility of each student
to identify the conceptual sources of the work submitted. Failure to do so is dishonest, and is the
basis for a charge of cheating or plagiarism, which is subject to disciplinary action.

Cheating includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the following:

    1. Submission of work that is not the student's own for papers, assignments, or exams
       (plagiarism).
    2. Submission or use of falsified data.
    3. Theft of or unauthorized access to an exam.
    4. Use of an alternate, stand-in, or proxy during an examination.
    5. Use of unauthorized material including textbooks, notes or computer programs in the
       preparation of an assignment or during an examination.
    6. Supplying or communicating in any way unauthorized information to another student for
       the preparation of an assignment or during an examination.
    7. Collaboration in the preparation of an assignment. Unless specifically permitted or
       required by the instructor, collaboration will usually be viewed by the university as
       cheating. Each student, therefore, is responsible for understanding the policies of the
       department offering any course as they refer to the amount of help and collaboration
       permitted in preparation of assignments.
    8. Submission of the same work for credit in two courses without obtaining the permission of
       the instructors beforehand.

The university policy on Cheating and Plagiarism can be found at:
                      http://www.cmu.edu/policies/documents/Cheating.html


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Student Rights
The professional graduate software engineering programs adheres at Carnegie Mellon‟s policy
regarding student rights:
                        http://www.cmu.edu/policies/documents/StRights.html

Form of review/redress for academic conflicts.
The student should discuss any issues associated with academic matters with the Director or
Associate Director. The MSE Executive Committee will address unresolved conflicts. If not
resolved, the student may appeal to the College Council. For further information on procedures
and the university policy, see:
        http://www.studentaffairs.cmu.edu/theword/acad_standards/creative/appeal.html

“Grandfather” policy
A student can usually graduate under the policies and curriculum in effect at the time of
matriculation.

Departmental Resources
Bulletin board
       • On-line bulletin boards:
               MSE
               Individual Studio projects

Conference Rooms
        •   Student conference rooms are available to student project teams. It is the
            responsibility of the individual student to contact the MSE Studio manager in order to
            reserve rooms as needed.

 Copy machines
      • Located on the 2nd floor of the Master‟s Programs professional facility at 300 South
            Craig Street.
        •   Personal copying is paid for by the individual to the program administrator.

Department computer clusters
There are a large number of computer clusters located on the campus.        For locations, see:
               http://www.cmu.edu/computing/clusters//

Departmental library
    The Engineering and Science Library is located in Wean Hall 4615.

Program library
The James E. Tomayko Memorial Library is located in the Master‟s Programs in Software
Engineering professional space, 300 South Craig Street, 2nd floor. This collection is the generous
donation of Dr. Jim „Coach‟ Tomayko, former director, faculty member, and SEI researcher.
Using their assigned Andrew login and password, program students may sign out books from his
collection for their personal and professional use. For online access to the MSE Library, visit:
                     http://intranet.mse.cs.cmu.edu:8080/mselib/validate_login.do


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Express Mail/UPS/FedEx
     • You may send materials to Studio clients using these services. The program
           administrators can supply the packing materials.
       •   Materials can be sent to you by courier to the program address. Please check your
           student mail box regularly in order to retrieve mail/packages.

Fax
       •   There is a fax machine in the programs location. An access code is required to
           use this machine for sending any messages for a course or project. Please see an
           MSE program administrator for the access code.
       •   Incoming faxes may be received in the fax room at Craig Street (412-268-5413)
           without charge.

Mailboxes
Mail slots (arranged in alphabetical order) are located inside the Master‟s program‟s professional
space on 2nd floor, 300 South Craig Street. All mail is delivered to this location. Please check
your mail slot regularly. Mail that is left for an extended period of time will be routinely discarded.

Meeting rooms
Four student meeting rooms are available for student teams to assemble collectively or with
project clients. These rooms are scheduled each semester by the Studio Manager, and are
available upon request on a first-come, first-reserved basis.

Media rooms
      • All 300 S. Craig Street conference rooms are equipped with overhead projectors
           and computer projections capabilities.
       •   All conference rooms are equipped with floor-to-ceiling white boards.
       •   High-end telecommunications systems are installed the faculty conference room,
           the James E. Tomayko Learning Space, and two of the student meeting rooms.

Office space
Each student is provided with a working area. Provisions can be made for handicapped students.
It is the responsibility of the student to notify the department of any special physical needs.
       Keys
       • Keys to lockable student storage space and a general access key are distributed
           to each student at Orientation.
       •   It is the responsibility of the student to return the keys upon leaving the program.
       •   Lost keys can be replaced at the cost of $20 each.

       Security
       The door leading from South Craig Street will be kept locked at all times.
                    Access to the building is made by swiping a valid and activated Carnegie Mellon student
                    identification card at the front door access area.
                    Elevator and 2nd floor access is made by swiping the student ID card in both locations.
                    Doors at the top of the 2nd floor stairway must remain locked at all times.
                    Student cabinets located inside the MSE/MSIT-SE student space are lockable and remain
                    the responsibility of the assigned student.
                    Please do not invite friends into the MSE/MSIT-SE professional areas on a regular basis.


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                    In case of theft of property, either personal or university, please notify Mr. Jim Skees,
                    Campus Security, and an MSE programs administrator.

        Emergency egress can be made by using any of the exit stairways. These can be found inside
       the MSE-MSIT-SE professional area, or in the 2nd floor main hallway.

     Repairs
      Computing equipment
      • Notify an MSE program administrator who will contact appropriate technical
           support staff.

       Furniture
       • Notify Jim Skees (skees@cs.cmu.edu) or
           Paul Stockhausen (stocky@cs.cmu.edu).

       Services
       • For furniture, lighting, heating, cooling, etc., contact Jim Skees or Paul
           Stockhausen.
       •   For computers, contact the SCS help desk (Ext. 4231) or an MSE program
           administrator (Ext. 6441).

Office Supplies

       Individual supplies
       • Each Studio team has been assigned a work space in the student area. This team
           space has been stocked with the following basic office supplies: pencils, pens,
           paper clips, push pins, T-pins, highlighter, scissors and ruler.
       •   All assigned spaces have been provided with a supply of hanging and interior
           folders and pertinent literature.
       •   Each work area has a stapler and transparent tape dispenser.
       •   Each work area has a wastebasket and recycling basket.
       Shared supplies
       • Shared office supplies, such as heavy-duty stapler, 3-hole punch, etc., are in the
           public copy/printing area on the 2nd floor. All students are to use the supplies in
           those designated areas.
       Replacement supplies
       • A small quantity of replacements for these basic supplies will be kept in the
           student public area.
       •   When taking any replacement supplies from the MSE stock, remember the
           “Reasonable Person” policy. Please inform a program administrator when the
           basic supply runs low.
       •   Empty 3-ring binders are often available on file shelves. When a student is no
           longer using a 3-ring binder, please empty it and return it to this stock for use by
           other students.
       •   The department will NOT provide special supplies.




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Telephones
       •   Telephones are available for business use.              Students may use program
           telephones to conduct business with project clients, potential employers, or to
           complete work essential to their plan of study or project work.
       •   Limited personal use of the telephone is permitted.
       •   Students will be asked to reimburse Carnegie Mellon for telephone usage over and
           above what is considered “normal” usage.
       •   To telephone within the university, it is necessary to dial “8” followed by the last 4
           digits of the university office or individual contact number.
       •   To telephone outside of the university in the (412) or (724) area codes, it is
           necessary to dial “9”, plus the 10 digit local phone number.
       •   To telephone outside of the (412) and (724) area codes, it is necessary to dial “9”,
           plus “1”, plus the 10 digit phone number.
       •   To telephone outside of the US, it is necessary to dial “9”, plus “011”, plus the local
           phone number.
       •   Internal and external telephone books can be requested of the program
           administrator.

Enrollment
Registration procedures
      • With the exception of the first semester required courses, all registration must be
           done by the student on line. See
                   http://www.cmu.edu/hub/registration/graduates/grad-reg-guide.pdf
       •   The MSE program (and the University) reserves the right to withdraw any
           announced course if the enrollment is too low. The MSE program also reserves
           the right to make changes in the schedule of hours, units, or in instructional staff.
       •   It is the responsibility of each student to register for courses. This can be
           done at any time, beginning with the pre-registration period and ending during the
           add/drop period. Dates can be found on the official academic calendar.
       •   Each student must register for each course, whether it is for credit or audit. Any
           student whose name is not on the roster for a particular course on the first day of
           class may be denied admission to the course.
       •   CS Ph.D. courses are numbered 15-8xx.
       •   SE Ph.D. courses are numbered 17-8xx.

Drop/Add procedures
See: http://policy.andrew.cmu.edu/univ_policy/StudentPolicy.html and the Graduate
     Student Guidebook

Please consult the 2010-11 Official Academic Calendar for official add/drop dates:
                                http://www.cmu.edu/hub/calendar.html

Courses with restricted enrollment
MSE students have priority for MSE-originated courses. The MSE cannot intercede with other
departments to secure seats for its students in other courses, as all departments reserve seats
for their accepted students. Usually all remaining open seats are assigned on a first-come, first-
served basis. Students can, on occasion, contact the assigned course instructor in order to plead
his/her case for admission to the course. Admission may be granted at the discretion of the
instructor. The policy of the department offering the course(s) is always followed.
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Tuition
Tuition payments
To understand your invoice, payment options, etc., visit:
                                  http://www.cmu.edu/hub/billing/index.html
The student must handle tuition problems by directly contacting the HUB. The MSE program administrators
cannot solve tuition problems.

Tuition Payment for Summer Courses/Full- and Part-Time Students
Each MSE student taking a summer course(s) will be charged at the rate for the preceding spring
semester. For example, students registered for the MSE Software Development Studio in
summer 2010 will be charged the academic year 2010-11 full-time tuition.

Tuition Refund Policy for Full-time and Part-time Students
The MSE program adheres to the university policy pertaining to tuition refunds. See:
                         http://www.cmu.edu/hub/billing/refunds.html

Sponsored Students
A sponsored student is one who has another party (such as an embassy) under agreement to
pay the student‟s tuition. See: http://www.cmu.edu/hub/billing/sponsor/index.html

Carnegie Mellon Employees Reimbursement Procedure
Contact the Benefits Office (8-2049) for specific information on tuition benefits. You must
complete a Tuition Remission form each semester in order to receive these benefits. To receive
a Tuition Remission form, visit the Human Resources website at:
                                      http://www.cmu.edu/hr
Note: Because tuition remission is a taxable benefit, employees of Carnegie Mellon University
assume the payment of taxes for any graduate courses taken.

Full-time/part-time Status Requirements
       • In order to be considered a full-time student, a student must be registered for a
           minimum of 36 units in every semester.
       •   All international students are required by federal law to maintain full-time status.
           Failure to maintain full-time status will result in loss of a student visa (and,
           therefore, “permit of stay”).
       •   All students having a Stafford Loan are required to maintain full- or part-time
           status.

Financial Aid
Carnegie Mellon does not provide financial aid to graduate students. For complete financial aid
information:
                                    http://www.cmu.edu/finaid/
The Financial Aid Office of Carnegie Mellon will provide assistance in completing the necessary
paperwork to apply for Stafford loans for national students.

Financial Support from the MSE program
      • The Master of Software Engineering program does not provide financial support.
       •   Carnegie Mellon University, SCS and the MSE program do not grant tuition
           waivers.
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External fellowships
      • The MSE program will accept students with external fellowships.
         •   For information on external fellowships:
                             http://www.cmu.edu/hub/fa/fa_grad.html

MSE Fellowship
     • The MSE program offers a one-year fellowship to an outstanding student
             who completes his or her studies, yet wishes to remain engaged with the program
             conducting research. Such students are recommended by program advisors and/or
             program faculty, are formally reviewed, and must be unanimously approved.

University Services
An excellent source for information:
             http://www.as.cmu.edu/Student_Affairs/gradpage/
             http://www.cmu.edu/home/current_students/index.html

Academic Support
For a list of services available to you at Carnegie Mellon, visit the Student Affairs website:
                                     http://www.studentaffairs.cmu.edu/

Career Services
The Carnegie Mellon Career Center provides career development programs and placement
services to meet the changing needs of society and student/ alumni goals of securing satisfying
work. For a listing of their services:
                              http://www.studentaffairs.cmu.edu/career/
In addition to the services provided by Carnegie Mellon‟s Career Center, the School of Computer
Science offers career services. Visit their website:
             http://www.cs.cmu.edu/afs/cs/user/copetas/www/public/careers/index.html

Child care
Early childhood education for children of staff, faculty and students and the community
surrounding Carnegie Mellon is available. For further information:
                                 http://www.cmu.edu/cyert-center/
Computer Clusters
In addition to the computers located in Wean Hall 4615, a large number of computer clusters are
located on campus. For locations:
                             http://www.cmu.edu/computing/clusters/

Computing Services/Andrew Accounts
For information pertaining to computing services other than those offered by the School of Computer Science as
well as information regarding your Andrew account:
                                         http://www.cmu.edu/computing/

Dining
For information pertaining to dining services on campus and the locations of dining facilities:
                                                 http://www.cmu.edu/dining/



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General information – University Center Information Desk
For a listing of services provided through the University Center:
                              http://www.cmu.edu/university-center/services/infodesk.html

Graduate Student Assembly
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) oversees general graduate student activities at Carnegie
Mellon University. GSA also serves as the liaison between the graduate student community at
CMU and its governing body
                            https://stugov.andrew.cmu.edu/gsa/

Health Services (health insurance)
For information about Health Services at Carnegie Mellon:
                        http://www.as.cmu.edu/Student_Affairs/HealthServices/index.html

Housing
Housing Services is committed to providing quality accommodations for the Carnegie Mellon
community.
                                 http://www.housing.cmu.edu/

Libraries
For a listing of libraries and associated services:
                         http://www.cmu.edu/graduate/academics/libraries.html
Parking
For information on parking available at Carnegie Mellon and campus parking policies:
                                            http://www.cmu.edu/parking/

Post Office
A full-service branch of the U. S. Postal Service is located on the lower level of the University
Center.

Security
 University campus police can be reached, 24 hrs/day, at 8-2323.
                                          http://www.cmu.edu/police/

Transportation (Escort, Shuttle, Safe-walk)
Carnegie Mellon University provides shuttle bus service between its campus and the surrounding
communities of Oakland and Shadyside. For information: (412) 268-2333.
                          http://www.cmu.edu/police/shuttleandescort/

The Port Authority Transit System (PAT), Pittsburgh‟s bus system, affords access throughout the
 city. The transportation fee entitles a student to ride free on any Port Authority vehicle any day,
 any time, by displaying his/her Carnegie Mellon ID card. Bus schedules can be retrieved at the
University near the MAC machines, by calling PAT for schedules or by visiting the PAT website:
                                     http://www.portauthority.org/




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Calendars

Academic Calendar
The MSE adheres to the Carnegie Mellon official calendar.
                             http://www.cmu.edu/hub/calendar.html

The MSE Student calendar, issued by the MSE office, is the official calendar for deadlines for
MSE students, such as last day for Studio, etc. This calendar may differ slightly from the
Carnegie Mellon Official Calendar, with new student orientation dates, as an example. Students
are advised to study the MSE calendar carefully and make their travel plans accordingly.

Master Calendar
 For a listing of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon events as well as other useful information, visit:
                                 http://www.cmu.edu/enrollment/sa/

Student Identification
Student lDs
Carnegie Mellon issues identification (ID) cards for student identification. This card is accepted
only when it is properly validated each semester at the time of enrollment. It identifies the student
as a member of the Carnegie Mellon community and is used for admission to athletic events,
certain student government sponsored events, use in student elections, etc. It is not valid for the
establishment of credit or other purposes outside of the university and is non-transferable. Upon
the request of any school official or security officer, the student should be willing to produce this
card. Refusal to do so may be regarded as a basis for disciplinary action.

Lost ID cards will be replaced after a replacement authorization has been issued in The HUB,
Warner Hall, Lower Level, and a fee of $10 has been paid.

Change of Student lD Numbers
A student‟s ID number is assigned from the HUB. This randomly-generated number is distinct
and different from the student‟s Social Security number, and is used to identify a specific student
in any transaction relating to that student‟s record in the Student Information System. Upon
occasion, a student identification number can be changed upon his/her request to the HUB for
reasons of corrections/clerical error. To do so, the student must go to the MSE office and
complete the Change of Student ID number form. The completed form will then be forwarded to
the Registrar‟s Office, who will make the necessary changes in all student records.

Change of Name
Other than the correction of a clerical error, there are two acceptable types of name change that
the Registrar‟s Office will process:
    • change due to marriage/divorce
    • legal name change (e.g., adoption, court order)

All students requesting a name change must complete a Change of Name form (available in the
MSE program office). Students requesting a name change due to legal circumstances must
supply a copy of the legal document verifying the change. If the name change is due to clerical
error, a student ID or driver‟s license will serve as sufficient verification.


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Change of Address
Addresses can be changed online.             It is necessary, however, that changes in address be
reported immediately to the MSE program administrator in order to ensure the delivery of all
official university notices. It is the student‟s responsibility to report all such changes.

Schedules
The university issues schedules of courses for each semester. These are generally available in
mid-February for the summer session, early April for the fall semester, and mid-October for the
spring semester.
The most current course schedule can be found on The Hub website:
                          https://enr-apps.as.cmu.edu/open/SOC/SOCServlet
It is the responsibility of the student to refer to the latest course schedules.

MSE Course Schedules
The MSE course schedule can be viewed online at:
                              https://enr-apps.as.cmu.edu/open/SOC/SOCServlet
The schedule lists, in addition to course number, title, instructor, section, days, hours and room,
the prerequisites, if any, for particular course(s). Course schedules may change due to
unexpected circumstances, such as (a) non-availability of faculty, (b) low class size, and (c)
unexpectedly high enrollment.

Examination Schedules
     • The University‟s official final examination period begins on the Monday
           immediately following the last day of classes and continues through the last day of
           scheduled final examinations, with the exception of reading day(s).
       •   Scheduled final examinations are those scheduled by Enrollment Services.
                            http://www.cmu.edu/hub/courses/exams.html
       •   An instructor may choose not to set a schedule for the final examination, rather
           allowing each student to choose his/her examination time; such exams are called
           self-scheduled examinations.
       •   Final examinations can either be comprehensive, covering all course materials, or
           non-comprehensive, covering only selected portions of a course.

Course Materials
All course materials are available as announced by the instructor. Books may be purchased at
the Carnegie Mellon Bookstore or from the student‟s favorite online bookseller.

Make-up Exams
Make-up exams will be scheduled as needed.

Grades
The MSE program adheres to the grading policy as outlined on this website:
                      http://www.cmu.edu/policies/documents/Grades.html
The MSE program students are graded on the 4.33 scale.

Incomplete grades
     • Carnegie Mellon students are expected to complete a course during the academic
           semester in which the course was taken. However, if the instructor agrees, a grade
           of “I” (incomplete) may be given when a student has been unable to complete the
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           work of a course. However, the work completed up to that date must be of
           passing quality and the grade of incomplete provides no undue advantage to that
           student over other students.
       •   In awarding an “I” grade, an instructor must specify the requirements for the
           completion of the work and designate a default letter grade in the event that the
           student fails to complete the remaining work.
       •   Students must complete the required course work by no later than the end of
           the following academic semester, or sooner if required by the instructor.
       •   The instructor must record the permanent course grade by the last day of the
           examination period of the following semester, or the default grade will be
           automatically assigned by the Registrar.
       •   If required work has not been completed after one semester and a default grade is
           rendered, the “default” will become the grade of record.

Grade Reports
Are mailed to individual students by the university at the conclusion of each semester.
See the official calendar for mailing dates.

Transcripts
Transcripts can be obtained by               requesting    online    at   the   following        website:
http://www.cmu.edu/hub/transcript.html

Late Graduation
On occasion, a student and/or his/her employer may request that the student attend Carnegie
Mellon for an additional semester in order to complete a program that will be beneficial to both the
student and the employer. Under such circumstances late graduation can be arranged. Student
is to discuss his/her situation with an advisor and the program administrator.

Deferment of Start of Program
An applicant who is accepted into the MSE program is eligible to enter the program in the year of
acceptance. If a deferment is requested and granted, the student is eligible to enter in the
following year. Only one deferment will be granted to each student. If a student does not attend
in the year following acceptance, the student must re-apply to the MSE program.

General Information
Reasonable Person Policy
Treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself. Show consideration for others when using
facilities and supplies.

Conference rooms
Small conference/meeting rooms are available for the students‟ use in meeting with project
clients, mentors, and technical advisors. These rooms may be used to conduct team meetings.

Additionally, SCS conference rooms are listed online in Corporate Time. When a Studio Manager
is selected, that individual will be given an account on Corporate Time. It will be the responsibility
of the Studio Manager to reserve conference rooms, as needed, using the online reservation
service. If SCS conference rooms are unavailable, it remains the responsibility of the Studio
Manager to contact the University Center for room availability.
               http://www.cmu.edu:80/university-center/reserv.html


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Accidents on CMU property
  Please report all accidents to Jim Skees (skees@cs.cmu.edu) and the MSE Office. You will
  be asked to complete an accident report.

Electronic Boards
   Local bulletin boards (this is a partial list)
       cmu.cs.general
       cmu.cs.scs
       cmu.cs.mse

Expenses
     • Any expenses incurred on behalf of the MSIT program and approved in advance
              by the Program Manager may be reimbursed
          •   Expenses associated with Studio projects that have been pre-approved by the
              Program Manager or Director may be reimbursed by the program.
          •   Receipts that verify purchases and/or expenses can be presented to the program
              administrator for reimbursement.

Social Committee/Activities
      • With each academic year, a call is put out for interested students to serve on a social
              committee. The committee is charged with discussing and organizing down time
              engagements that include recreation, entertainment, socializing, sport and leisure.
              The MSE programs will partially support reasonable and pre-approved expenses
              associated with these periodic (generally one per semester) outings. Ideas and a
              proposed budget should be given to the Programs Manager for approval.

Parking
   Parking on campus for students and for their clients is their responsibility. See parking services
   website at:
                                 http://www. cmu.edu/ba/parking

MSE program Administrators
   Administrators work for the MSE program. Their responsibilities do not include:
                secretarial duties for students
                conference room scheduling
                copying individual project assignments
                the accomplishment of impossible tasks
                ordering meals

   Help can be requested for:
                the coordination of client visits
                hotel reservations for Studio clients
                assistance with issues requested by program managers

Useful Websites

Academic Support                                    http://www.cmu.edu/current-students/academic.shtml

Billing                                                                 http://www.cmu.edu/hub/billing/
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Calendar - Academic                                         http://www.cmu.edu/hub/calendar.html

Calendar – Events                              http://www.studentaffairs.cmu.edu//campuslife.html

Career Services                                         http://www.studentaffairs.cmu.edu/career/

                       http://www.cs.cmu.edu/afs/cs/user/copetas/www/public/careers/index.html

Child Care                                                         http://www.cmu.edu/cyert-center/

Computer Clusters                                         http://www.cmu.edu/computing/clusters//

Computing Services                                                   http://www.cmu.edu/computing/

Dining Services                                                          http://www.cmu.edu/dining/

Directory                                                              http://www.cmu.edu/Directory

Drop/Add Policy                      http://policy.andrew.cmu.edu/univ_policy/StudentPolicy.html

Examination Policy                                      http://www.cmu.edu/es/faculty/exams.html

External Fellowships                                                        http://www.cmu.edu/fso/

Financial Aid                                                            http://www.cmu.edu /finaid/

General Information                  http://www.cmu.edu/university-center/services/infodesk.html

Grades                                       http://www.cmu.edu/policies/documents/Grades.html

Graduate Assembly                                              https://stugov.andrew.cmu.edu/gsa/

Graduate Student Information                                          http://www.cmu.edu/graduate/

Health Services                                http://www.studentaffairs.cmu.edu/HealthServices/

Housing                                                                http://www.housing.cmu.edu/

Intellectual Property Policy               http://www.cmu.edu/policies/documents/IntellProp.html

Leave/ Absence                              http://www.cmu.edu/policies/documents/StLeave.html

Leave/ Return                                      http://www.cmu.edu/hub/registration/leave.html

Libraries                                  http://www.cmu.edu/graduate/academics/libraries.html

Parking                                                                http://www.cmu.edu parking/

Policies                                                    http://www.cmu.edu/graduate/policies/

Registration                                       http://www.cmu.edu/hub/registration/index.html
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Room (conference) Reservations               http://www.cmu.edu:80/university-center/reserv.html

Schedules                                             http://www.cmu.edu/hub/courses/index.html

Security                                                               http://www.cmu.edu/policy/

Student Rights Policy                       http://www.cmu.edu/policies/documents/StRights.html

Transcripts                                                    http://www.cmu.edu/hub/transcripts/

Transportation – Public                                               http://www.portauthority.org/

Transportation - University                           http://www.cmu.edu/police/shuttleandescort/

Tuition Refund Policy                                 http://www.cmu.edu/hub/billing/refunds.html




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