Guidelines For Majors

Students accepted into the IS Major program should use this information as a general guideline for completing the program requirements. Please note, deadlines vary slightly from year to year:


Fall semester
Arrange meetings with the primary faculty advisor on a regular basis and meet with the entire committee at least once per semester.

Early November
Register for courses. Look for future course offerings to see if they fit your initial plan of study. Make adjustments with advice from your faculty committee and approval from your primary advisor. Any major changes to your course of study must be approved by the IS Major Committee.

Spring semester
Start to formulate thesis proposal. If applicable, begin to put together an IRB (Institutional Review Board) proposal.

Early April
Register for courses.


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,
Major Info Sheet

Enrollment for Thesis 
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
Honors Thesis is while designation of an honors thesis, is usually determined between student and committee member. In general an honors thesis is in greater depth and often longer than a thesis w/o honors. In both cases it is a two semester endeavor for which students receive 8 credits all in the 2nd semester of the thesis. Sections of A and B, both honors and non-honors are available both semesters.

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.

Students 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 CIS Director, Julie Dobrow. Return the completed forms to Student Services, Dowling Hall. Copies must also be brought to CIS, Eaton Hall.

Senior Thesis Timeline

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.