Typical M.S. Program Timetable

The following timetable concisely describes all of the activities and deadlines for completing the M.S. degree in four semesters.

 

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Faculty advisor and committee

Select final faculty advisor (often same as initial faculty advisor).

Work with faculty advisor to identify other committee members.

Begin discussing research ideas with faculty advisor.

Finalize faculty advisor and committee membership.  

(NOTE: Will be needed for plan of study.)

Schedule and attend thesis or directed project proposal defense with committee.

(NOTE: proposal and final defense cannot be completed in same semester.)

Schedule and attend thesis or directed project final defense with committee.

(NOTE: proposal and final defense cannot be completed in same semester.)

Electronic plan
of study

Begin working with initial or final faculty advisor to develop the required plan of study.

Work with final faculty advisor to finalize the plan of study.

File the electronic plan of study.

As necessary, file any changes to the electronic plan of study.

NOTE: If electronic plan of study is not full executed by the start of the first day of classes, a financial penalty fee is assessed.

As necessary, file any changes to the electronic plan of study. No penalty fees for late changes.

Course work

Complete the CIT Research Seminar course.

Begin coursework. It is recommended that coursework be limited to 'safe' selectives as specified for the Primary Area.

If a thesis or directed project area has not yet been identified, repeat CT Research Seminar course.

Complete statistics selective (if not already completed).

Continue coursework, ideally as approved in plan of study.

Complete TECH 646 in which the thesis or directed project proposal is drafted.

Complete TECH 598 or 698 (1 credit) to complete the above PROPOSAL.

Continue or complete course work as approved in plan of study.

Complete course work (if not already completed).

Complete TECH 598 (2 credits, or TECH 698 (2-5 credits) to complete directed project or thesis, respectively.

 

Thesis or
Directed Project

Attend the CIT Research Seminar course meetings to learn about candidate research and project areas.

Attend at least one student's final thesis or directed project defense.

With mentorship from faculty advisor, generate your thesis or directed project research idea.

Attend at least one student's final thesis or directed project defense.

Develop thesis or directed project proposal.

Write proposal
(Chapters 1-3).

Initiate any required IRB approvals for use of human subjects in research -- including surveys. These can take time to get the required approvals.

Attend at least one student's final thesis or directed project defense.

Complete research or project.

Write thesis or directed project final report.

Schedule and attend thesis or directed project defense.

Schedule and attend thesis or directed project format review.

Schedule and attend thesis deposit meeting.

Deposit thesis in university AND college repositories.

Deposit directed project report in college repository.

Graduation

    Submit a paper for external publication. For most students, the paper is related to the student's research area or course work. The paper may be co-authored with faculty.

CIT publication requirement completed (if not already completed).

Complete Graduate School exit survey.

Complete CIT exit survey.

Order cap and gown as necessary for graduation commencement ceremony.

Attend graduation commencement ceremony, if desired.

Celebrate your accomplishment.

The minimum timetable would be three semesters.