M.S by Research

M.S. by Research @ CSE IIT Bombay

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.


  • 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.

Admissions for academic year 2020-21

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.
Important dates
  • Online application portal open: Please check http://www.iitb.ac.in/newacadhome/mtech.jsp for updates.
  • Application deadline: 9th April 2020
  • Department-level test + interview: 21st and 22nd May 2020 (subject to change in case of travel restrictions due to COVID)
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.

Learn More

For details regarding eligibility requirements and details of the MS program consult the Program Document and the Rules and Regulations Document.

Last Modified Date: 21-Mar-2020


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