Major in IS


Fall semester

Arrange a meeting to develop goals for the thesis and establish a specific timeline for completion, including due dates for handing in drafts, completing the final project, and meeting for an oral defense. At this meeting you will submit a thesis proposal with a working title, thesis statement, and description of proposed research.

IS Majors Senior Checklist
Student Forms - Includes Senior Honors Thesis Candidate Form,
One on One Course Form, and Degree Sheets

Enrollment for Thesis 
The IS major thesis CIS 95 A/B or 195 A/B requires Program Consent to  be enrolled.  The IS Program Administrator or Program Director will enroll IS majors and non-majors (completing senior thesis but not IS major) in the thesis section each semester. Students will be emailed for the thesis section choice and the name of the thesis advisor.

*Note: CIS 95/195 (Honors) is a year-long course. Students must re-register for CIS 95/195 for the following spring semester.

Honors Thesis (CIS 195) Eligibility
Students may opt for an Honors Thesis if they were placed on the Dean's list at least two semesters before their senior year. An honors thesis can be ranked "no honors," "honors," "high honors" or "highest honors." This is a deliberation that happens at the time of your defense among your committee members, based on how outstanding a job they think you have done with the project. This is one of the reasons that it is critical to keep in touch with your committee while conceptualizing and writing the thesis. Please note that these honors designations are different from Latin honors (such as cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude), which are determined on the basis of GPA.

If you choose to do an Honors Thesis (CIS 195), you and your primary advisor must complete the Senior Honors Thesis Candidate Form, available from the Registrar. For department write "CIS" and for the Chairperson write your primary advisor for your IS major. This form must be signed by your primary advisor and the IS Major Committee Chair, Julie Dobrow.

Students notify CIS office to indicate Phase II department assignment to graduate. Students and advisors complete Degree Sheets, available from the Registrar, and the Major Checklist. Both forms must be signed by your primary advisor and the IS Major Committee Chair, Julie Dobrow. Return the completed forms to Student Services, Dowling Hall. Copies must also be brought to CIS, Eaton Hall.

Spring Semester

Primary Advisor
Meet with your primary advisor at least 3-4 times during the semester. Such contact may be maintained by other means such as email, with the proviso that such communication is substantive and that the student keeps a journal print-out of the email exchange.

Second/Third Advisors
Consult with and keep the second and third advisors on your committee apprised of progress and concerns throughout the semester; two meetings are recommended, but are not required.

End of April/beginning of May
Arrange for a one- hour defense with your entire committee. Prepare a presentation of your work for the annual "IS Talks" night. File a copy of your final thesis with the CIS Office and with the Tufts Digital Archives.

Apply for graduation.