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.
- The thesis must be the student’s own work and must demonstrate a capacity for research and independent thought.
- Students can use Guidelines for Preparing Theses and Dissertations for reference.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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