It is very important that the Thesis Proposal be started as soon as a supervisor has agreed to work with you on a thesis. It's best to look very hard and find a great project during your senior year, and submit the proposal then. Do NOT wait until the week before the proposal deadline (the end of the first term of grad registration) to start writing. Only when a proposal has been submitted to the Undergraduate Office (38-476) do you officially have a thesis and a supervisor. Students must submit a thesis proposal for Department approval before undertaking the major work of the thesis.
MEng students are expected to register for and make progress on their thesis in each of their graduate terms. The proposal should be submitted at the end of the senior year or during the summer, and no later than the first term of registration as a grad student.
Failure to meet the proposal deadline will result in the permanent grade of "U" for Unsatisfactory Progress in 6.ThM, and an academic warning will be sent.
The proposal must be well-written and substantial (around ten pages, double-spaced, including references) and must be accompanied by a Thesis Proposal Cover Sheet. Students are encouraged to consult the EECS Communication Lab for assistance with the writing. 6A students must also submit a proposal accompanied by a company agreement letter.
It is understood that theses will evolve after the proposal is submitted, but if they change topic, or if the supervisor(s) change, a new proposal must be submitted right away.