Thesis research is usually carried out in laboratories operated by M.I.T. and located on-campus. There are some exceptions to this general rule which do not require explicit approval:
Students in the VIA Internship Program who are doing their theses at the company need only arrange for the Company Letters (see Appendix A and Appendix B) to be received with their proposals and final documents.
Students doing thesis research at Lincoln Laboratory or at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory need only arrange for the Company Letters (see Appendix A and Appendix B)) to be received with their proposals and final documents.
Students in the Joint Program with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution doing research there are also excepted.
All such theses must have an M.I.T. faculty or approved research staff supervisor as well as a supervisor at the off-campus location.
Students not covered by the cases listed above must request permission of the Department Undergraduate Officer to pursue thesis research off-campus. Under no circumstances will projects undertaken at a company be approved as M.Eng. theses after the fact.