Project Option

students doing group work on a laptop

The project option for the MS in Computer Science offers a midpoint between the course option and the full thesis option. If you envision applying for jobs in industry after graduation, you may benefit from the experience of doing a project: companies will be able to see that you can see a project through from idea to completion, and you can choose a topic that is relevant to your career plan.

This substantive, capstone-style project experience takes the place of 4 credits of standard coursework. Examples of recent MS projects include:

  • Collabsearch: A Lightweight Application for Remote Collaboration
  • An Exploration in Improving Tools for Efficient Packet Classification
  • Deep Learning Framework for Predicting Food Allergy from Longitudinal Microbiome Taxonomic Profiles
  • Visualizing Religious Publics on Twitter in 2016

You will be guided in your project by a faculty advisor, and you will be evaluated based on the work you do toward the project and on a final written report. Both the project work and the written report must demonstrate a high level of professional skill, as determined by your faculty advisor and one other faculty member. You do not need to present or defend your project in order to complete the project option.

Have questions about the project option for the MS in Computer Science? Contact the Student Affairs office (905 SEO) for more information.

MS student awarded twice at MIT Energy Hack

Chirag Soni (MS ’19) spent an intense weekend at his first hackathon, MIT Energy Hack, competing with teams involving participants from all around the globe. He and his team of students from across the country were awarded two prizes.

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