If the thesis option is selected, the student must:
Students must perform satisfactorily on an oral comprehensive examination. If the student is in the thesis option or is completing a Directed Project, the Masters comprehensive examination is held in conjunction with the students project presentation or thesis defense.
When a student is nearing graduation, if the students GPA is less than 3.0 at the end of the most recently completed term, then the M.S. Comprehensive Examination must be postponed until the current GPA is at least 3.0. Then the student must enroll for at least one hour during the term in which the Examination is given.
The exam must be scheduled at least one week before it is given. Students are required to make a comprehensive and detailed review of all graduate course work taken toward the degree in preparation for the oral examinations. Passing a final oral exam for a Master's degree candidate will require a majority affirmative vote of the candidate's committee members present or their appointed representative. A candidate who fails the comprehensive examination on the first attempt must wait at least two months before attempting the examination a second time. The date and time of each comprehensive examination attempt is subject to the Committee's approval. A second failure terminates the candidate from the program.
The thesis (research) option of the computer science Masters degree program requires that the degree candidate successfully undertake an independent research project and present the results of the research in a defensible thesis document.
For students electing this option, the following steps must be followed:
The thesis proposal and thesis must carefully follow the format specified in the latest edition of the Standards for Preparing Dissertations and Theses available from the Office of Graduate Studies, and departmental requirements.
By the end of your second semester:
At least one semester prior to the semester in which you plan to graduate:
During the semester in which you plan to graduate:
See the Office of Graduate Studies calendar for the deadlines for (1) the first submission of a thesis to the Library for approval and (2) the final submission of a thesis to the Library. These dates are typically about two weeks apart, with the final date being about one month prior to graduation. Your thesis must first be approved by your major professor, then by your other committee members, then by the graduate coordinator, and then by the Engineering Deans office before it is submitted to the Library. See http://library.msstate.edu/etd/author.asp and http://library.msstate.edu/etd/help.asp.