Your MEng thesis describes the original research that you contributed to your MEng project. Though the document itself is not due until the end of your MEng, you should be working towards your thesis each semester that you are a registered MEng student. You can read more about what comprises a thesis at the Office of Graduate Education’s website.
Getting Help with Your Thesis
Throughout your MEng, you should be in continual conversation with your thesis supervisor about your progress as well as the thesis itself. For additional support, consider some of the following resources:
- Writing and Communication Center
- EECS Communication Lab
- Phoebe Ayers, the EECS Librarian, for help with research
- Additional workshops hosted by OGE
If you are struggling to make progress on your thesis, you are also welcome to meet with someone in the EECS Undergraduate Office.
All graduate theses are required to be submitted to Institute Library where they are available to the public. Theses classified by the government as ‘Confidential’ or ‘Secret’ for reasons of national security, or ‘Company Confidential” by a company for proprietary reasons will not be accepted. Theses completed in classified sections of 6-A companies, Lincoln Laboratory or Draper Lab must be deemed unclassified by the government. If you are working with one of these companies, be sure to discuss thesis copyright with your supervisor early in your MEng.
Formatting and Submission
MIT Libraries maintains formatting guidelines for all MIT theses. It’s especially important to make sure your title page and abstract look exactly like the examples shown there. Many students start by using the Unofficial Thesis template, but remember to double-check against the official formatting guidelines.
For EECS MEng theses
- Make sure to include your SB degree information (see the title page example), even if you’re getting SB and MEng concurrently.
- The department is “the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science”
- The degree is “Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science” unless you are part of the 6-7 MEng program, in which case it’s “Master of Engineering in Computer Science and Molecular Biology” or the 6-14 program which is “Master of Engineering in Computer Science, Economics, and Data Science”. (Note, in all cases, “Master” not “Masters”)
- The degree date for this term is February 2023, no matter what month you submit your thesis. The only possible degree date months are May/June (depending where commencement falls), September, and February.
- If you retain copyright of your thesis, you need the “permission legend” beneath the copyright line on the title page, as the example shows. If you are unsure of whether you retain copyright, see here; most students do not, if they have been funded by RAships or TAships during their MEng.
- The name/title for the “Accepted by” line on the title page is “Katrina LaCurts, Chair, Master of Engineering Thesis Committee”
For the electronic submission, your title page should include no signatures; not even your own. When you are ready to submit your thesis, you can do so here; the deadline for submission is set by the registrar each semester (see here). 6-A students must also submit a thesis release letter that matches this template. These letters should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Under certain circumstances – most commonly for issues related to patents or security clearances – you can arrange for a brief delay of the official publication of your thesis in the MIT Libraries. Please see The Office of Graduate Education’s page for more information.