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The Process for Handling WPI CS MS Thesis Proposals

In order to be presented at a CS Department faculty meeting, a copy of a student's MS thesis proposal must be delivered to each faculty mailbox at least one week prior to the scheduled department meeting.

Discussion about the proposal by the faculty, in particular serious objections to any aspects of the proposed thesis work, should ideally be discussed before the faculty meeting, possibly via email.

During the faculty meeting, the thesis advisor (or a designated faculty representative) will very briefly review the main idea of the proposed thesis (in approximately two minutes). A discussion of the proposal will follow if any questions about it remain.

The department head will then ask for volunteers to act as Reader, and will select one.


  1. If there is a strong preference for making (or not making) one faculty member the reader of a particular thesis, the thesis advisor can make this known to the department before the faculty meeting.
  2. Once the proposal has been accepted and a reader selected, the departmental staff will place the thesis proposal into the student's file, after recording the thesis reader on the front cover of the proposal. The student is encouraged to leave a blank line on the cover page so that the name of the reader can be added there.
  3. Upon presentation of the proposal, the thesis advisor becomes the student's Computer Science academic advisor. The departmental staff will update the records of the student to reflect the change in advisor.