​Project & Thesis Guidelines


Project Option

The project option is available to those who pursue the project completion option to the MS CS or MS CoE and required for MEng students. For MS CS students, the project can satisfy one of the breadth requirements if the work preformed is specific to that area of research and approved by the committee.

Course Registration
A student who seeks to graduate with an MEng or a project-option MS degree must enroll in 3-6 units of CSE 598, Master's Project under the supervision of a project committee chair. Students attempting to enroll will be automatically placed on a waitlist until a Research Proposal Form is received in the department office. Please submit forms to Cheryl Newman.

Project Presentation
Final projects must be presented to a pre-approved three-person committee (see below for composition). To schedule a presentation, please contact Cheryl Newman at least two weeks in advance to reserve a room.

Written Report
The project report must be at least two pages in length and must include a summary of the work performed for the project, as well as information on how to access any artifacts (e.g., code repositories, web sites, or slide presentations) produced as part of the project. More comprehensive, more detailed project reports are highly encouraged and may be required of a student at the committee's discretion.

Submission Details & Deadlines
All final presentations and reports must be complete and submitted before final grades are due for the semester. Final reports must be submitted in electronic form to Cheryl Newman to receive credit for the project. Final project reports will be made available as technical reports through the Open Scholarship website.

Thesis Option

Course Registration
A student who seeks to graduate with a thesis option MS degree must enroll in 6 units of CSE 599, Master's Research under the supervision of a thesis committee chair. Students attempting to enroll will be automatically placed on a waitlist until a Research Proposal Form is received in the department office. Please submit forms to Cheryl Newman.

Thesis Defense
A completed thesis includes a final thesis defense to a pre-approved three-person committee (see below for composition). Please contact Cheryl Newman at least two weeks in advance to reserve a room. Thesis defenses will be advertised to the department. For this reason, please also submit a title and abstract when requesting your room reservation.

Written Thesis
All theses must adhere to the School of Engineering formatting guidelines.

Submission Details and Deadlines
The School of Engineering requires a draft for formatting approval, final oral defense, electronic submission, and a hardcopy submission. Deadlines for the formatting approval and final submissions are posted on the academic calendar. For detailed information on submissions, please see Thesis & Dissertation Submissions. Final theses will be made available through the Open Scholarship website.

Committee Composition & Approval

Masters students who will defend a Masters Thesis or a Masters Project must submit a committee approval form to the CSE Department at least two weeks prior to the defense itself. Approval by the CSE Department of the committee composition as declared on that form is a prerequisite to successful completion of the student's masters degree.

The committee must consist of at least three people well qualified to judge the technical merits of the thesis or project, and at least two members of the committee must be CSE Department Regular Faculty. The committee must include at least one Regular or Appointed member of the CSE Faculty who is serving as advisor or co-advisor of the student's thesis or project.

Summer 2017 Deadlines

July 28: Deadline to submit thesis for format approval

August 18: Last day to defend a project or thesis

September 8: Deadline to submit thesis in final form

Fall 2017 Deadlines

November 20: Deadline to submit thesis for format approval

December 21: Last day to defend a project or thesis

January 2: Deadline to submit thesis in final form