MS Thesis Option

Students who are considering continuing studies in a PhD program may want to consider pursuing the MSc thesis option, as it will better prepare them for research. Successful completion of a master's thesis requires adequate preparation, original research, and a high degree of independence. Permission to take the thesis option is granted to qualified, motivated, and well-prepared students. In addition to the course work outlined in the MS Curriculum, students enroll in 6 units of thesis work.

Thesis students must form a thesis committee (see below), then discuss with them their expectations of the thesis.

Thesis students must pass a final oral examination, which consists of a defense of the thesis.

*Note: How to format and archive a dissertation.

Master’s Thesis Committee

  1. Committee must have 3­-5 members.

  2. At least half of the committee must have primary, tenure track faculty appointments in the Department of Computer Science. (ex., 2 of 3, 2 of 4, or 3 of 5)

  3. More than half of the committee must have primary or joint tenure track faculty
    appointments in the Department of Computer Science.(ex., 2 of 3, 3 of 4, or 3 of 5)

  4. The advisor must have a primary or joint tenure track faculty appointment in the
    Department of Computer Science.

  5. Committee must meet all Graduate College Requirements.