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New Professional MCS Student Registration Guidelines for On-Campus Students - First Semester General Advising

We are excited you are joining our team! This site is designed to give you guidance on registering for your first courses. You are in a professional, non-thesis, self-funded master's program. There is no research in this master's degree. Viveka Kudaligma will serve as your advisor for this program and can be reached at

Please review the Professional MCS Planning Document to help guide you on the program requirements.

Information about your first-semester enrollment procedures will be included in your Notice of Admission.

With increased enrollments in the CS department and on campus, CS courses tend to fill up quickly. We request that all new students follow the directions and register for their first semester as soon as registration is available to them.

International Students

International students must arrive on campusby the start date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019.

Steps to Complete for Course Registration

Number of Minimum Credit Hours

All Professional MCS students are required to register for at least 12 credit hours per semester toward the degree requirements and have up to 3 continuous semesters to complete the degree requirements.

Selecting Courses

For your first semester, we recommend that you select courses that interest you and start to complete the "Breadth Requirement". In addition, we recommend that you do a mix of 400 and 500 level courses. Graduate students are free to register for any 400 or 500-level course. If there is a pre-requisite for a course, it is your responsibility to ensure you have the prior knowledge required for the course. In addition, 400-level courses are introductory graduate level courses and can be taken for either 3 or 4 credits. If you select the 4 credit hour 400-level course, the faculty will usually have you do a project or paper for the extra credit hour. All 500-level courses are taken for 4 credit hours.

Graduate Academic Office Contact Information

Graduate Academic Office
University of Illinois
201 North Goodwin, 1210 Siebel Center
Urbana, IL 61801

Campus Mail Code: MC-258
Phone: (217) 333-4428
Fax: (217) 244-6073


Monday – Friday

  • Morning: 8:00 AM to 11:45 AM
  • Afternoon: 1:00 PM to 4:45 PM
  • Walk-in advising hours start at 10:00 AM

List of Graduate Advising Contacts and Virtual Advising Queue