If you were admitted with a default advisor(usually the graduate director), discuss your research interests with faculty; ideally, you will settle on a research advisor early in the first year.
Semester 2: Coursework; Start Research
In general, focusing on breadth courses in your first year will provide the best groundwork for advanced study. In particular, the department strongly recommends takingCSE5500 in the first year. (If you already have a research advisor, discuss with them your plans for course selection.)
YEAR 2 & 3
Form an Advisory Committee in Consultation with Your Advisor