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. Check out the Thesis Checklist from the Libraries to help keep on track.

    For MEng theses:

    • Make sure to include your SB degree information (see the title page example), even if you’re getting SB and MEng concurrently. Include a double major, if applicable.
    • 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 June 2023, no matter what month you submit your thesis. The only possible degree date months are June, September, and February.
    • From June 2023 on, all students will hold copyright to their theses. There will no longer be MIT copyrights. This applies to all future degrees.
      • All theses should have this new copyright legend statement exactly:
        • The author hereby grants to MIT a nonexclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to exercise any and all rights under copyright, including to reproduce, preserve, distribute and publicly display copies of the thesis, or release the thesis under an open-access license.
    • 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, and no lines for signatures. 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