CS 702 Enrollment for Professional Master’s Students

CS 702 (Graduate Cooperative Education) is a cooperative experience course for master’s students in a commercial, government, or nonprofit setting, usually in the form of an internship. The work will be monitored by a graduate advisor from the faculty of the Department of Computer Sciences.

  • Enroll Info: 10 week option at 40 hours for 2 credits, 5 week option for 1 credit.
  • Full-Time Academic Load: For eligible international students with F-1 visas, 2 credits of CS 702 is calculated as an academic load of full-time. 

CS 702 is open to all Professional Master’s Program (PMP) and MS Data Engineering (MSDE) students, though enrollment processes differ depending on student residency and visa status. Eligible international students with F-1 visas who wish to pursue an internship will need to apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and enroll in CS 702. (CPT information should be reviewed in its entirety to understand the process and expectations, and to avoid complications.) More details on enrollment are further below.

Questions can be directed to the PMP/MSDE Graduate Program Manager, Kyle Martinez.

Traditional MS/PhD student CPT info: click here for summer; click here for fall/spring.

Before the Internship

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F-1 Students: CPT, CS 702 & Enrollment

International students with F-1 visas who wish to pursue Curricular Practical Training (CPT) through CS 702 enrollment must complete two consecutive semesters of in-person instruction as a master’s student before being eligible for CPT. This means that most PMP and MSDE students on F-1 visas will be ineligible for CPT until the summer after their first spring semester. The full list of eligibility requirements can be found on the ISS website.

Below is the process for enrollment into CS 702. These steps are to be taken before your internship begins.

  1. Obtain an internship. This internship must be related to your area of study.
  2. Students email their assigned CS faculty advisor and request permission to enroll in CS 702, sending them information about the planned internship, including an offer letter, location of the hosting organization, dates of the planned internship, and the kind of tasks they might work on.
  3. The faculty member asks any questions and sets expectations for checking in during the internship. (For example, the student may be asked to send an email with a brief progress report to the faculty member every two weeks.) Once satisfied, the faculty member will agree to be their instructor for CS 702 and emails their approval to the student.
  4. PMP students then complete the CS 702 Professional Programs Form to provide information for the PMP/MSDE Graduate Program Manager (Kyle Martinez) and to obtain permission for enrollment. Students will be asked for data about the planned enrollment, all of which must be entered or uploaded into the form. A few key items:
    • Personal information
    • Internship company
    • Internship dates
    • CS 702 credits planned for enrollment
    • Offer letter
    • Explicit email approval from the course instructor
  5. International students need to then submit a Terra Dotta verification request using the PMP/MSDE Graduate Program Manager (Kyle Martinez) as the verifier. The verification request is completed by the PMP/MSDE Graduate Program Manager and NOT the CS 702 course advisor. This step needs to be completed before you will be granted enrollment.
  6. After the PMP/MSDE Graduate Program Manager has approved the materials and the Terra Dotta request, students will receive an email via enrollment@cs.wisc.edu confirming they have permission to enroll in CS 702. Students will be expected to enroll in CS 702 as soon as possible after receipt of this email.
  7. Once the student has enrolled in CS 702, they then must complete their Terra Dotta CPT request, which then gets sent to ISS for final review.
    • NOTE: it takes up to 15 business days for ISS to approve CPT requests. Please plan ahead.

Domestic Students & Students Without Need for CPT Authorization

You will need to your CS faculty advisor’s approval to enroll in CS 702. They will want to know the details of your internship and will ask any necessary follow-up questions.

Once they have given their explicit approval to enroll in a section of CS 702 with them as the instructor, please forward your faculty academic advisor’s enrollment approval to the PMP/MSDE Graduate Program Manager, Kyle Martinez. Please be sure to tell Kyle exactly what you are hoping to enroll in and for what term.

Remember that domestic students are not required to register for CS 702 if they have an internship; it is optional.

After the Internship

Students in CS 702 will need to submit a short final report to earn a grade in the course. Below is the overview of steps.

  1. Students are required to write a short report (3-4 pages) describing their learning related to computer sciences. This high-level report should contain details on techniques, technologies, approaches and hands on experiences while also not revealing any confidential information. The report is due two weeks before the grading deadline.
  2. Submit report here
  3. Instructor submits CS 702 grade at the end of the semester.