MEng Thesis Guide: Course 6 Thesis Policies and Procedures




[Discussion of Deadlines and Extensions in Section 17]

Term Degree Date Deadline
Fall Term '20 February 2020 January 29,  2020
Spring Term '20 June  2020 May 19,  2020
Summer Session '19 September 2019 August 23,  2019





THESIS PROPOSALS are due on the last day of classes of the first term of MEng thesis registration. For IAP the proposal is due January 29th, and for Summer by the last day of the Summer Session. Please drop off your thesis proposal at the EECS Undergraduate Office (38-476). For any questions, please contact Anne Hunter (



Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: What is the MEng Thesis?
  2. Administration and Registration
  3. Off-Campus Theses
  4. Classification and Copyright
  5. 6-A Students
  6. The Thesis Proposal
  7. Thesis Grades: The Grade of J or the Grade of U
  8. When to Start
  9. The First Step: Finding a Topic and Supervisor
  10. More Ways to Find a Thesis
  11. Working on the Thesis and Avoiding Delay
  12. The Thesis Document and Finishing Up
  13. Other Documents: MIT's Specifications for Thesis Preparation, etc.
  14. Writing an Abstract
  15. Word Processors, Printers, and Paper
  16. Title Page and Copyright
  17. Deadlines and Extensions
  18. Supervisor's Signature and Final Grade
  19. Copies, Binders, Labels and Clips
  20. The Library Processing Fee, Thesis Receipt/Grade Sheet and the Degree List
  21. Put Your Thesis in MIT's DSpace Thesis Collection
  22. Thesis Prizes
  23. MasterWorks: The Oral Presentation
  24. 6-A/non-6-A Thesis Proposal Agreement Letter
  25. Thesis Release Letter and Classification Review Letter
  26. Sample Abstract
  27. Sample Title Page and Title Page with Copyright to MIT
  28. Sample 6-A Title Page
  29. Checklist for Handing in a Thesis