Students who are considering continuing studies in a PhD program may want to consider pursuing the MS 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 who are able to obtain a thesis advisor. Students are required to enroll in 6 units of CSC 910 Thesis as outlined in the MS Curriculum.
Thesis students must form a thesis committee (see below) in consultation with their thesis advisor, 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 before the thesis committee and public (see Final Defense Instructions).
Note: 1) Students must email the GPC with their proposed exam date and time to reserve a room. 2) Students must send their abstract to the GPC at least one week before the defense, so a defense announcement can be sent on the colloquium email list.
Master's Thesis Committee
Committee must have 3-5 members.
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)
More than half of the committee must have primary, shared, or joint (courtesy) tenure track faculty
appointments in the Department of Computer Science. (ex., 2 of 3, 3 of 4, or 3 of 5)
The advisor must have a primary, shared, or joint (courtesy) tenure track faculty appointment in the
Department of Computer Science.
Committee must meet all Graduate College Requirements.