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Policies

The Graduate Student Policies are designed to be a helpful source of information, tips and policies for first-year graduate students and students further on in their degree. These policies, which act as a supplement to the Drexel Student Handbook, provide information on programs, policies, and logistics in CCI.

CCI Conduct Policy

The College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) expects students in the College to exhibit behavior that embodies integrity. The programs in this College must have heightened standards of conduct given that computing and informatics professionals will be given access to sensitive data and/or be taught how to access sensitive data.

Therefore, the College strictly adheres to the policies outlined by the University as it relates to Academic Integrity. Violations of the Academic Integrity policy include, but are not limited to:  1. Plagiarism, 2. Fabrication, 3. Cheating, and 4. Academic Misconduct, all outlined in Drexel University's Code of Conduct. When a student or organization does not act responsibly and violates the University policies, rules, regulations, or standards of conduct, formal disciplinary action may result.

The College requires that students act with integrity outside of the classroom as well. Any conduct violations related to integrity that happen outside of the classroom and/or off campus will also be treated very seriously. Conduct violations include, but are not limited to: identity theft, a purposeful breach of any website or data system ("hacking"), tampering with confidential/sensitive data, and/or the unauthorized sharing of confidential/sensitive data.

Both Drexel University and the College also expect that every student abide by the laws of the United States and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Drexel subscribes to the view that, where practical, it shall deal with matters of student misconduct internally. However, where student misconduct implicates federal, state, or local laws, the appropriate law enforcement officials may be contacted.

MS in Computer Science Thesis Policy and Timeline

Students pursuing a Master’s Thesis should refer to the Graduate College Thesis and Dissertation page.

The Master of Science (MS) in Computer Science thesis is intended enhance the student’s creativity in solving real problems and to develop the student’s ability to follow a research project from idea to completion. An academic research thesis generally involves more than an industrial project: the goal is not merely to solve the specific problem, but also to understand its relevance to previous work and its broader impact on society. It is the responsibility of the student to find a thesis supervisor; the student is strongly urged to meet as soon as possible with faculty members working in the area of interest and to discuss research topics on which he/she might work. Usually students pursuing a master’s thesis will first do three credits of independent study (CS 690) or research (CS 997) to obtain background knowledge required by the thesis topic, followed by three master’s thesis credits (CS 898). Six credits all together are taken and applied to the degree in order to conduct thesis-related research and to write and defend the thesis.

The thesis requirement is fulfilled by the preparation of a written thesis, a public presentation of the research, and an oral defense before the thesis committee. The thesis committee must have at least three members, two of which must be tenured/tenure-track Computer Science faculty. The MS Thesis Committee form [pdf] must be submitted three weeks prior to the defense and is subject to approval by your Graduate Advisor. The thesis must be submitted, with the approval of the thesis advisor, to the committee three weeks in advance of the defense. A title and abstract of the thesis must also be provided to your Graduate Advisor three weeks before the defense so that the public presentation can be adequately publicized. The thesis committee makes the final decision on the acceptability of the thesis. A final complete copy of the thesis must be given to your Graduate Advisor at least one week before the thesis is defended. Please refer to the timeline below for more details.

A completed thesis is a formal document, hard-bound and stored in the University library. The rules regulating printing, format and binding are available via the Office of Graduate Studies or Drexel University Libraries. Before a student can be cleared for graduation, a receipt for the thesis must be signed by the Librarian and returned to your Graduate Advisor.

Timeframe
Required Action(s)
Four or more weeks prior to the defense  Student should schedule a room on campus in which the defense can be held and confirm with all committee members that they are able to participate on the agreed upon date.
Three weeks prior to thesis defense Student should complete the MS Thesis Form [pdf]. The completed form, including the signatures of the student and supervising professor(s), should be submitted to your advisor. Please note that a student must successfully defend a thesis prior to the last day of term in which the student has applied for graduation in order to be considered for graduation clearance; however, for Spring Quarter graduates, an earlier deadline may be set for thesis defense for students wishing to have thesis information printed in the formal commencement program.
Two weeks prior to thesis defense

Student should submit a copy of their thesis title and abstract to their advisor so that it can be announced to the Office of Graduate Studies and the “CS Talks” email list.

Student should submit a copy of the current draft of the committee chair for review.

Day of thesis defense
Student should bring a copy of the Thesis Approval Form [pdf] and the Graduate Completion Form [pdf] to the defense for the appropriate signatures.
Within one business day of thesis defense completion
Thesis Chair should, with the assistance of the MS thesis defense committee members, complete the OGS forms, including indication of the defense results and the signatures of all committee members, should be submitted to the student’s advisor.
By the end of the first week of the quarter following successful thesis defense
Student should submit the final thesis to the library, following the requirements and procedures available on Drexel University Libraries' Master's Thesis Binding page.

Once the Completion Form has been signed by the library representative, indicating successful submission of the thesis, the form should be returned to the Office of Graduate Studies for final approval and processing.