6. The Thesis Proposal

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It is very important that the Thesis Proposal be started as soon as a supervisor has agreed to work with you on a thesis. Do NOT wait until the week before the proposal deadline to start. Only when a proposal has been submitted to the Undergraduate Office do you officially have a thesis and a supervisor. Each student must submit a thesis proposal for Department approval before undertaking the major work of the thesis.

M.Eng. students who used an Undergraduate Project instead of an MEng thesis proposal for 6.UAP, must submit a thesis proposal by the last day of classes of the first term in which they register for 6.ThM. This must be in the summer or fall after the senior year and at least one full term before the end of their M.Eng. program or submission of the thesis document.

Failure to meet the proposal deadline will result in the permanent grade of "U" for Unsatisfactory Progress in 6.ThM.

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. VI-A students must also submit a proposal accompanied by a company agreement letter. (See: Appendix A.)