Summary and Timeline for Keeping on Track
This page provides a table that summarizes in succinct form the various procedures and deadlines you must meet on the way to the Master's degree.
|Thesis Track||Courses-Only Track and Masters en Route to PhD|
|Before enrolling in your first class||Meet with the MS advisor, Dr. Wittie.||Meet with the MS advisor, Dr. Wittie|
|During the first semester in which you take a course that you want to count towards your MS degree||
Select an advisor from among the CS faculty.
|Select an advisor from among the CS faculty.|
|By the end of the next semester thereafter||Turn a completed Program of Study in to Dr. Wittie before enrolling in any courses.||Turn a completed Program of Study in to Dr. Wittie before enrolling in any courses.|
|At or before the start of the semester before the semester in which you plan to graduate||Determine a thesis topic with your advisor and begin research work on that thesis.||NA|
|At or before the start of the semester in which you intend to graduate||Begin writing your paper for publication and your thesis as you finish your research.||Register your intent to take the written comprehensive examination with the faculty MS coordinator, Dr. Wittie.|
|By the third Friday of the semester in which you intend to graduate||Complete and submit an Application for Advanced Degree (found in the CS office).||Complete and submit an Application for Advanced Degree (found in the CS office).|
|By the end of the third week of the semester in which you intend to graduate||
1. Schedule a time and room with the CS office for the date of your comprehensive/defense of thesis exam. This exam must be scheduled on or before the 21st business day prior to the end of the semester in order for you to graduate during this semester.
2. Schedule a time with the seminar coordinator in which you will present your thesis. The seminar must take place before your comprehensive exam.
|If you haven't done so already, begin review of course material in preparation for taking the comprehensive examination.|
|By the end of the fifth week of the semester in which you intend to graduate||Take the part of the thesis that you have completed to this point to The Graduate School to have it reviewed for format.||NA|
|One week prior to your comprehensive examination||Submit your thesis and paper for publication to your committee.||NA|
|After your comprehensive examination||Make any last corrections to your thesis required by your committee. Once approved by your advisor, the thesis must be submitted to The Graduate School. Do this before the 14th business day prior to the end of the semester, because The Graduate School must actually check and approve your thesis before that date expires.||NA|