Listed below are the major steps that should be completed for the MS degrees (thesis Master degrees) in computer science and computer engineering. Much of this information is taken from the Steps to Fulfill Master's Degree Requirements on the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS) website http://ogs.tamu.edu and from the Department's Graduate Brochure (pdf).
As noted below, many of the steps have associated OGAPS forms that need to be submitted. These forms are available on the OGAPS website. In all cases, the student is responsible for filling out the form and getting the signatures of all committee members before bringing the form to the advising office for Departmental approval. In most cases the advising staff will submit the forms to the OGAPS for the student.
OGAPS Forms: Degree Plan
Deadline: By the end of the first semester after the student has completed 9 credit hours (normally their second semester) and no later than 90 days prior to the final oral or thesis defense (see OGAPS Dates and Deadlines calendar for precise deadlines).
If the thesis research will involve human subjects, animals, infectious biohazards, or recombinant DNA, then the student must check with the Research Compliance Division to ensure that they have met all compliance responsibilities. A copy of the appropriate approved research compliance approval form must be submitted with the research proposal. See the FAQ for information on how to submit the necessary approval forms to the Research Compliance Division.
The department has no additional requirements for the proposal beyond that it be approved by the student's advisory committee (as shown by the submission of the signed Proposal Approval Page) and that it meets any OGAPS requirements. Thus, students should consult with their advisor for guidance on preparing their proposal. As a rule of thumb, most proposals are about 10 pages long (single spaced) and include a description of the problem to be studied, an overview of the related work, a brief summary of any preliminary results, and a description of the research objectives and the planned approach.
OGAPS Forms: Proposal Approval Page
Deadline: The thesis proposal cannot be submitted before the degree plan and it must be submitted at least 8 weeks before the the Request to hold the Final Examination (defense) is submitted to OGAPS. Precise deadlines are listed on the OGAPS Dates and Deadlines calendar.
CSCE Deadline: Eight weeks prior to submission of the Request and Announcement of Final Exam.
Online Degree Plan Submission System: http://ogsdpss.tamu.edu/
Deadline: Normally in the first 1-2 weeks of the semester the student wishes to graduate. Late application will be allowed for an additional fee until later in the semester. Precise deadlines are listed on the OGAPS Dates and Deadlines calendar.
OGAPS Forms: Request and Announcement of the Final Examination, Report of Final Exam (sent by OGAPS to the Advising Office)
Deadlines: As described in Procedures for M.S. Thesis Defenses, there are eligibility requirements and deadlines for scheduling and reporting on M.S. Final Exams. Final exam deadlines are listed on the OGAPS Dates and Deadlines calendar (usually about 8 weeks before graduation).
CSCE Deadline: Fifteen working days prior to the date of the defense.
Deadline: Thesis submission deadlines are listed on the OGAPS Dates and Deadlines calendar (usually about 6 weeks before graduation). Final corrected copies of the thesis must be accepted by the thesis clerk no later than one year after the final examination or within the 7-year time limit, whichever occurs first. Failure to do so will result in the degree not being awarded.