Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

M.S. by Research Admissions

M.S. by Research @ CSE IIT Bombay

Update on admissions to the M.S. by Research in CSE program.

In light of the prevailing scenario, M.S. by Research option of MTech application at CSE, IIT Bombay is being implemented as follows: All applications for MS will be considered for the regular MTech programme. At the end of the first semester of the MTech programme, eligibility criteria and the conversion policy for the MS programme will be announced. This will be applicable to both TA and RAP categories.


  • Introduction

    M.S by Research in CSE is a new programme (introduced in 2020) designed for students who wish to explore a career in R&D, and can serve as a first step either towards a Ph.D. or towards a high-end R&D oriented career in industry. Admissions to the M.S. by Research programme in CSE will be available in the TA category, which is funded by the institute, as well as in the RAP category, where the student works with a CSE faculty member on an R&D project which funds the students stipend.

    Highlights:

    • Eligibility requirements identical to M.Tech.
    • Designed for students interested in R&D
    • Coursework and thesis focused on research
    • Binding to specialization area at admission time
    • Flexible program duration (1.5 yrs to 3 yrs)
    • Up to three years full scholarship
    • New program, starting in 2020!
    • Common application form with M.Tech.

    Read this FAQ to get an idea about what the MS programme is all about.

    A high level overview of the MS by research program is available in this poster.

    Please direct all queries related to Cutoffs, Shortlisting criteria, hostel accommodation and certificate submissions for admission to pgadm@iitb.ac.in and not to pgadm@cse.iitb.ac.in

  • Important dates: Admissions for academic year 2020-21
    Important dates Sample questions and other details of the admissions process will be provided on this page, by April 2020.
  • Program details

    The M.S by Research programme is designed to be substantially different from the M.Tech. programme in its admission process, its emphasis on research over courses, and its relative flexibility of programme duration. A student must carry out research and submit a thesis as a graduation requirement. The maximum duration for fulfilling requirements of this program is 3 years, but the program is designed to incentivize high quality R&D by allowing students whose R&D work is exceptional to graduate early, in as little as 1.5 years.

  • Graduation Requirements
    The total minimum credit requirement for the programme is 58 course credits + 6 credits for the Communication Skills Course Part I & II. The total course credits are divided between theory courses, laboratory courses, seminars, and R&D projects.
    Typical courses and programme structure are as follows,

    Like the Ph.D. programme, and unlike the M.Tech. programme, there are no explicit credits for the M.S. thesis.

    The normal duration for fulfilling requirements of this program is 3 years. However, early completion (as early as at the end of 1.5 years) is possible, and encouraged, subject to exceptional quality of R&D work. Students are required to complete all the minimum credits required for the programme, as approved by the Senate from time to time, and complete the M.S. Thesis, within the stipulated duration of the programme.

    For details regarding eligibility requirements and details of the MS program consult the program document and the rules and regulations document.

  • Programme structure
    M.S. by Research Programme structure (TA category)

    Sem I Sem II Sem III Sem IV
    Courses Credits Courses Credits Courses Credits   Total Credits

    MS R&D-1*

    8

    Seminar  

    (CS 694)

    4

    Elective V

    6

    MS Thesis

     

    CS 699* (Software Lab)

    8

    Elective III*

    6

    MS Thesis

    -

       

    Elective I*

    6

    Elective IV*

    6

           

    Elective II

    6

    MS R&D-2*

    8

           
       

    Communication Skills I & II

    PP/NP

    4+2**

           

    Total-Credits

    28

     

    24+6**

     

    6

     

    58+6**


    In the table, a * indicates mandatory registration for the course in that semester. Students are expected to register for at least 18 credits in each of Semester I and II.
    The ** for Communication Skills indicates that the course credits are counted separately in the total.


    M.S. by Research Programme structure (RAP category)

    Sem I

    Sem II

    Sem III

    Sem IV

    Sem V/VI 

     

    Courses

    Credits

    Courses

    Credits

    Courses

    Credits

    Courses

    Credits

     

    Total Credits

    MS R&D-1*

    8

    Seminar  

    (CS 694)

    4

    Elective III

    6

    MS Thesis

     

    MS Thesis

     

    CS 699*  (Software Lab)

    8

    Elective II

    6

    Elective IV

    6

    Elective V

    6

       

    Elective 1*

    6

    MS R&D-2*

    8

    MS Thesis

             
       

    Communication Skills I & II

    PP/NP 4+2**

               

    Total-Credits

    22

     

    18+6**

     

    12

     

    6

     

    58+6**


    In the table, * indicates mandatory registration for the course in that semester. Students are expected to register for at least 12 credits in each of Semester I and II.
    The ** for Communication Skills indicates that the course credits are counted separately in the total.