Directed Research

What is CS 698 Directed Reading and Research?
This class is for research-oriented students that wish to work closely with a professor on a research project.

How many units of directed research can I count towards the MS degree?
A combined maximum of four units of CS 695 and/or CS 698 may be used towards your graduate electives requirement.

How many units is CS 698 Directed Reading and Research?
The course can be worth anywhere between 1 and 4 units—this is up to you and the professor to decide. Below are the approximate minimum weekly guidelines for an undergraduate course. A graduate course should result in more out-of-classroom time per week.

Credits Time w/ Professor Time w/o Professor
1 1 Hours 2 Hours
2 2 Hours 4 Hours
3 3 Hours 6 Hours
2 4 Hours 8 Hours

How many units of CS 698 Directed Reading and Research may I use towards my degree?
Up to a maximum of 4 units of CS 695 -or- CS 698 may be used towards your graduate electives requirement.

For example, you can count 2 units of CS 695 and 2 units of CS 698 towards your degree. You cannot, however, count both 4 units of CS 695 and 4 units of CS 698 towards your degree. The extra units will be on your transcript, but will not count towards the 36 units required by the MSCS degree.

How do I register for CS 698 Directed Reading and Research?
You must first identify a professor and project. When that is decided, fill out the "Directed Study Registration Form" available online at: https://myusf.usfca.edu/sites/default/files/CASDirStudyRegForm.pdf. After filing out "Part I" and getting the instructor signature, bring the form to the graduate advisor to sign.

How do find a professor interested in working with me?
Try to identify a professor that either does research or teaches classes in an area you are interested in. You can find the courses and research interests of most professors on their personal websites.