Carnegie Mellon University
These frequently asked questions are for MLD PhD students.
Data Analysis Project Requirements

Any course at the 700 or higher level in SCS or Statistics (36-xxx) may be used as an elective.

How do I register for courses?
http://www.cmu.edu/hub/sio
You should plan to spend 50% of your time in courses and 50% of your time doing research. Therefore you should be registered for at least 24 units of 10-920 Reading and Research each semester. Once you have completed your core courses and electives then your research units increase so that you are registered for a total of 48 units each semester. Once you propose then you should register for 10-930 Dissertaton Research instead of Reading and Research.

Adding/Dropping Courses
You are able to add or drop a class in your schedule until the 10th day of when classes begin. After that you will need to see the Graduate Program Administrator for help in making adjustments to your schedule.

Changing the Maximum Units
Please send email to the Graduate Programs Manager to request an increase in your maximum units if you are having trouble registering for classes.

Auditing a Course
First you need to actually register for the course. Fill out the course audit form and have your advisor and the course instructor sign to indicate his/her permission. Submit the signed form to the Graduate Programs Manager for school signature and submission to Enrollment Services.

The ML Department policy is that whenever possible, students and their advisors are responsible for covering the costs of conference related travel. However, when that is impossible, the department has limited funds to provide partial support. To apply for travel support, you must fill out the travel form and have your advisor sign it. The maximum to be reimbursed will be $200 plus the registration fee, if only attending the conference or workshop; $600 plus registration fee, if presenting a paper.

When should I plan to TA?
You should not plan on TAing a course until at least your second year.

How many courses do I have to TA?
You are required to TA in two courses while you are in your PhD program.

How do I find a course to TA?
To apply to TA for a ML course, simply fill out the form linked from the MLD TA Application Page below. We look forward to your application.

MLD TA Application Page:

I TA'd in my previous CMU program, am I allowed to count that for the ML PhD requirement?
If you TA'd for a Machine Learning Department course and it was not counted towards your previous program requirements, you are able to count it for the ML PhD requirement.

You should have already completed the courses and Data Analysis Project to receive your master's degree. In addition to the master's, you should have also satisfied the Speaking Skills, Writing and Teaching Assistant requirements before you propose. Discuss your plan to propose with your advisor for feedback about timing.

The thesis committee should be composed of four or more members (including the student’s research advisor), at least one of whom is an external member and at least one of whom is a Machine Learning faculty member.  The external member is typically from outside the university but could be from another department at Carnegie Mellon if appropriate.  The Department has the right in unusual cases to alter the composition of the committee to assure appropriate quality and breadth.

Work with the Graduate Programs Manager to determine timing so as to avoid department and class conflicts. Contact your thesis committee to get their availability. You should send a draft of the thesis to your committee about one month before you plan to defend. Your committee should get back to you with their approval to defend before the announcement goes out. Two weeks before your defense date.

Once I have defended, how long do I have to turn in my final thesis?
May Graduation:
If you are graduating in May and plan to attend the May Commencement ceremony then your final thesis has to be turned in 2 weeks before the Black Friday meeting.

August or December Graduation:
You must have your final thesis turned in on the last day of the month following your defense semester end. If you defend in the summer then your final thesis has to be turned in by the end of September. If you defend during the fall semester then your final thesis must be turned in by the end of January.

The final thesis must have the approval from all of your committee members and your advisor must send email to the Graduate Program Administrator as a confirmation of approval.

SUBMITTING YOUR THESIS:

  • Before you submit the final copy:
    • Check research credits with Russ O'Lare (rdo@cs)
    • Get a TR number from Graduate Program Administrator.
    • Check for proper title page format.
  • When the final copy is ready:
    • Talk with Diane about making your thesis into a ML Technical Report by putting it on-line.
    • Print and fill out the Survey of Earned Doctorates form and return to Diane. This is requested by NSF and is a requirement of the university for graduation.
    • Fill out the UMI Dissertation Publishing Form pages 4 and 5, page 6 if you want to copyright your thesis and return to Diane with thesis. If you wish to register your copyright you must attach a check. If you do not wish to register for a copyright, do not fill out this portion of the form.

How do I publish my thesis?
Fill out the UMI Dissertation Publishing Form pages 4 and 5, page 6 if you want to copyright your thesis and return to Diane with thesis. If you wish to register your copyright you must attach a check. If you do not wish to register for a copyright, do not fill out this portion of the form.

You will also need to fill out the PhD Dissertations Checklist
Research Showcase Option
Research Showcase is Carnegie Mellon's institutional repository. It collects and organizes Carnegie mellon's research output into a single location, amd makes it accessible to scholars and researchers worldwide.

The Department will print one copy to be microfisched, bound, and placed in the Hunt Library. This copy will be bound one-sided. The Department will also print one copy to be your bound copy. If you wish to have additional bound copies, please inform the Graduate Programs Manager.
You must fill out the Survey of Earned Doctorates and send the completion page to your Graduate Program Administrator.