Preparing a Master's Thesis
Starting the thesis work:
- Familiriaze yourself with SCI's instructions and thesis process; these instructions and process descriptions are valid with the following expections: you do not have to give a presentation of your thesis and we have our own process for writing the press release
- Agree upon the thesis topic with your supervisor.
- Apply for the approval of the topic
Preparing your thesis:
- Primary guidance comes from your advisor.
- Discuss about the thesis structure with your supervisor already in the early phase of the process.
- Remember that all theses are public documents.
- The Systems Analysis Laboratory maintains an archive of all master's theses online. When you add the below text in Finnish or in English to the cover page of your theses, it will be available for everyone:
"Työn saa tallentaa ja julkistaa Aalto-yliopiston avoimilla verkkosivuilla. Muilta osin kaikki oikeudet pidätetään."
"The document can be stored and made available to the public on the open internet pages of Aalto University. All other rights are reserved."
If the text has not been added, the thesis will be password protected, but still available in the laboratory.
Finalizing the thesis:
- Deliver the thesis to the supervisor for feedback and guidance
- Note that supervisor needs about a month to read your thesis and you need time to edit and correct your thesis
- Write the press release.
- You do not have to give a thesis presentation, as you have already given presentations in our compulsory Master-level seminars.
- Once the thesis has been submitted, the advisor and the supervisor will prepare an assessment statement
Submitting the thesis:
- Follow the SCI-level instructions and links
- Email a pdf copy of the thesis to Minna Westerlund. Remember to add the text "The document can be stored and made available to the public on the open internet pages of Aalto University. All other rights are reserved" to the cover page (see more information).
- It is traditional to give a bound copy of the thesis to your advisor and supervisor.
Evaluation of the thesis:
- The supervisor proposes a grade for your thesis in the assessment statement. See evaluation principles.
- The Master's Programme Committee accepts all theses and make decisions on the grades.
- You have graduated with very valuable Systems and Operations Research skills!
- Keep in touch with us also in the future!