MS with Thesis | Department of Computer Science at Illinois

The MS thesis should make a contribution to the field of Computer Science. When completed, other computer scientists working in the same or related areas should find the thesis useful in solving problems they are working on. The thesis should demonstrate creativity and originality. It should require a thorough search of existing literature in the student's area of research and exhibit the use of skills and techniques acquired during the student's Computer Science graduate education. When reasonable, it is recommended that the student make an effort to publish the accomplished research in the Computer Science literature.

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Extensive information on the thesis process—including grading, your thesis committee, Bard’s IRB, the contents of the thesis, citations and formatting, and printing and binding—is included in the Levy Institute MS Thesis Guidelines. The Guidelines are updated annually and are available to students at the beginning of the thesis process (June of the first year of the program).

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For more detailed information regarding the MS Thesis Project, refer to section, 'Graduation', in the KSI Student Handbook.

All students in the MS Thesis Option are required to prepare an MS thesis proposal to be submitted to and accepted by the student’s graduate committee at least one semester before completion of the program. The MS thesis proposal must contain at least an Introduction, Background, Methodology, and Research schedule. The example provided has more details. The typical length of an MS thesis proposal is expected to be 3-5 pages.

An important reason for selecting the thesis option is that most PhD programs require their incoming students to have already completed a thesis. So, if you plan to extend your education beyond the master's degree, this is the option for you. Committee Member Evaluation of Final Oral Examination - Each member of the examining committee fills out one of these forms regarding the student's potential in a PhD program. Give these forms to the Graduate Program Assistant