Rob Hasker's Survival Guide
for Advance Registration
- Write preliminary plans for the next term's schedule and any
questions you may have. It's good to review
and CS curricula.
- Sign up for a registration time
- Note you must be logged in to MSOE email for this link to work. If
you get a 404 error, try accessing MSOE email
using this link. A common
issue is that you may be logged in to a work email address if that
workplace also uses Microsoft products. The simplest solution is to log
in to MSOE email on a whole new browser (for instance, using Chrome if
you normally use Firefox for work) and then accessing the above
link. If that does not work, message your advisor.
- Show up to your meeting! If you can't, cancel it and make a new one.
- Take notes at the meeting! Your time is valuable, and having
to get re-advised
because you failed to take notes during the first meeting wastes
More Detail - Definitely Read In Your First Year
- SE students review the SE curriculum,
CS students review the CS curriculum.
These contain important information about the program
and suggests which courses you need to take next quarter.
- If you have not done so yet, print off the checklist (see the SE
or CS Advising Page) and mark the courses you have completed.
It is critical you track what courses you need. My notes
are backup to yours.
- If you wish,
review the Degree Audit form by visiting your advising page in myMSOE,
clicking on the Degree Audit link, then click on Advising
Report. The advising notes are at the bottom of this report.
- Use the checklist to help decide what to take. The first
priority are SE and CS courses that are prerequisites for other
courses. You might also find the following useful:
- If you are a junior or senior taking technical electives,
list of available courses for the academic year.
- To see what HU and SS electives are open, click on the Advanced tab
- All electives, including free electives, must come from the
list for your program (msoe.us/SE or msoe.us/CS). Make sure you have the right
- You might double-check required courses listed on the degree audit
form. The computer cannot check all degree requirements (many are very
complex), so there may be requirements listed as unsatisfied even though
you think you have met them. You can ask your advisor about discrepencies
if you are unsure.
- Note that the advising notes are listed at the bottom of the degree
though it can be helpful to have your own notes from meetings. These
will not appear on your transcript.
- Find out when you can register for classes. This information, along
with almost everything else you need for advising, is available
page to make a 15-minute appointment on Teams.
Earlier in the term is better than later; it makes a lot of sense to be
advised in week 6 or 7. Week 10 is hectic, and appointments made for that week
run a high risk of being canceled and rescheduled to finals week.
- Make sure you are prepared for your appointment! Do you have your
checklist? Do you have a list of courses for next quarter? Do you have
your appointment in whatever calendar manager you use on a regular basis?
- Come to your appointment and take notes. Being a couple minutes late is not a
problem, but being very late may result in needing to reschedule.
- If something comes up, simply delete the booking (possibly with a
short explanation if there's a place to enter one) and schedule a new
one. You don't need to message me about the change.
- Taking notes is very helpful; you can see the notes I write on the
advising report, but I don't try to capture everything.
- Once your advising and other holds are lifted, register for classes
in my.msoe.edu. There are directions
for this at
If classes are closed: First, see if there's another
section open. If there are no sections open and you cannot take an
alternative class instead, see how to
entering a full section of a class. Requests to get into required
courses are nearly always granted, though you may not get your preferred section.
- After your meeting, send me email if you had to make
significant changes to your schedule. Changing sections or
changing between two electives with the same prefix is not significant, but
I do need to know if you replace a required course by another. The
catalog is a great resource!
Information on Picking Classes
- Read through the catalog. There
are a lot of important policies there, and failing to follow them can
result in taking an extra year to graduate. Don't depend on friends; the
"catalog of rumors" (the Registrar's term!) is full of errors. Know what
information is in the catalog and how to find it so you can be well
informed if you need to do something like drop a course. The catalog is
essentially the rules you need to follow to graduate, so it's a good idea
to know those rules!
- Review the online curriclum guide for your program. The catalog says
"approved courses" in many cases; these online guides list the actual
courses you can take:
- Computer Science students see theCS
course sequence page
- Software Engineering students see theSE
course sequence page
- Note both of these pages contain links to the advising pages that
were in effect in eariler years; pick the one that was active when you
started taking classes at MSOE.
- Bring a list of classes, not sections. I am not concerned about your
weekly schedule; you can decide that for yourself.
- Use the scheduler to make up your
schedule. Be sure to check prerequisites!
Additional Advising Notes
- If you change your classes at the beginning of the
next term (maybe because you failed a prerequisite or just decide to take a
different class), please talk to me or send me
email. Failing to complete critical courses on time (for example, CS 2852 -
Data Structures or MA 2310 - Discrete Mathematics 1) can make it very
challenging to graduate in four years.
- If you get behind, one solution is to take summer classes at MSOE or
transfer in classes from another school.
- Summer classes are listed during the spring quarter on
the Registrar's website.
- Before taking a course at another institution, check
Manual to make sure the course will apply at MSOE.
- When things go wrong and you're placed on probation or suspension, see
page for important information, especially
FAQ. Contact me if you have questions about the process or just want
to make sure you are doing the right thing.