M.S. Completion Steps

Steps in a CIT Graduate Student's Program

  1. Complete CIT Research Seminar course (CNIT 58100-CIT) in first semester. Repeat in second semester if you have not yet identified a research or direct project area of focus.
  2. Select a Major Professor. This is usually the same as your Initial Faculty Advisor, but may change if you choose to do your research or directed project in a different area.
  3. Select remainder of your faculty advisory committee. Your major professor is chair. The other faculty members can come from any college, school, or department. You must have at least two other professors. You may need more to bring necessary expertise to your research or directed project.
  4. Develop your Plan of Study by the end of the second semester. There are many resources in these web pages to explain the degree requirements and plan of study instructions.
  5. File your Electronic Plan of Study (ePOS). There are late fees for failure to complete this step before your last semester. After it has been electronically filed, you can make changes without late fees.
  6. Establish your Examining Committee. This is almost always the same as your Faculty Advisory Committee (above). Changes are usually the result of changes in research or project direction.
  7. Develop your thesis or directed project proposal (CNIT 59800 or 69800 -- one credit). Most students simultaneously complete TECH 64600 because that course uses the proposal as its semester project. Thus, you can complete two requirements simultaneously.
  8. Defend your proposal to your examining committee. This must occur in your next to last semester.
  9. After your proposal is approved, complete your research or project, and write your thesis or direct project report (CNIT 59800 or 69800 -- remaining credits). NOTE: It is required that the proposal and thesis/project, respectively, be completed in separate semesters.
  10. Declare your degree candidacy early during your final semester. Each semester, the university declares a deadline for completing this step.
  11. Schedule the following meetings to occur near the end of the final semester: (a) thesis deposit, (b) thesis defense, and (c) thesis/direct project format advising. They will actually happen in reverse order. Directed projects only require the format review meeting.
  12. With a few days prior to your defense, meet with your program's Thesis and Directed Project Format Advisor (Prof. Whitten) to review your final report's compliance with university format requirements. Your report will also be checked for plagiarism using a software tool.
  13. Defend your thesis or directed project to your Examining Committee. This meeting is also called the final exam.
  14. Make changes to your thesis or directed project report as specified by your Examining Committee and your Thesis/DP Format Advisor.
  15. For thesis students only, attend your previously scheduled thesis deposit meeting.
  16. For thesis students only, deposit your thesis in the university electronic repository.
  17. Deposit your thesis or directed project report in the college electronic depository (e-pubs).
  18. Complete the university exit survey (online).
  19. Complete the program exit survey (online).
  20. Celebrate your successful graduation!