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Thesis Options

For students under the Thesis Option of the MS degree, i.e., students enrolling for ECE 8890, a Request for Thesis Committee form is required to be submitted for approval by the department DGS and the Graduate School by the end of the student’s second semester.

Thesis

The following instructions outline the procedure for thesis acceptance:

  • The thesis is approved by the major advisor, a second reader from the academic program and an outside reader who is a member of the graduate faculty from a different MU graduate program. Students need to supply committee members with copies for review/evaluation.
  • After successfully defending the thesis, the student will make any needed adjustments in format and corrections/clarifications based on input from the committee.
  • The thesis is submitted as PDF file on a CDROM to the Graduate School by the established deadline.
  • The approval page, which is to be signed by the First, Second, and Third Readers, must be submitted to the Graduate School following these guidelines.

Thesis Committee

  • A thesis committee is composed of 3 members of the MU faculty:
    • a major advisor from the academic program,
    • a second reader from the academic program, and
    • an outside reader who is a member of the graduate faculty from a different MU graduate program.
  • At least one of the 2 internal members must have a primary academic appointment in ECE.
  • The Graduate School maintains copies of curriculum vitae previously received and approved, and if such a request is anticipated, the student should contact the Graduate School to see if the curriculum vita of a particular person is already on file.

Non-Thesis Option

  • For students who enroll in ECE 8085 (Problems), a problem report rather than a thesis is required.
  • The student is not required to submit the M-2 form (request for a thesis committee).
  • Instead, the student must have the report approved by his or her advisor and 2 other members of the graduate faculty, forming the student’s Problem committee.
  • It is not required that a member outside of ECE be included, although it is permissible for such a member of the MU graduate faculty to be appointed.
  • At least one of the 3 members must have a primary academic appointment in ECE.
  • The student must defend the problem report to the committee, and make any needed adjustments in format and corrections/clarifications based on input from the committee.
  • A final copy of the Problem Report must be filed with the ECE graduate office and is forwarded to the Graduate School.

Thesis & Enrollment

  • Candidates must be enrolled at the University during the semester or session in which a thesis is defended, a master’s project is presented, or the completion of a master’s comprehensive exam is certified.
  • Master’s degree candidates who have completed all requirements except the final examination or the defense of the thesis/project must be enrolled when the final examination is given or the thesis/project is defended.
  • International students should consult the International Students and Scholars Center prior to registering for the Graduate Examination.

Contact

Questions about ECE graduate programs? Email umcengrecegradoff@missouri.edu.