In this section, please include:
- What is the role of the committee
- When students should form their committees (must meet Graduate School requirements of no later than end of 3rd semester for Master’s students and end of 4th semester for doctoral students)
- Master’s Programs: All master’s programs (with a few exceptions for course-only degrees) require at least three advisory committee members. All must be graduate faculty members. At least one (the graduate school representative or “outside” member) must be from a department or program different from the department or program from which the student is graduating.
Doctoral Programs: Consist of a minimum of five graduate faculty members; the chair, at least two faculty members from the student’s major department/program, at least one faculty member from a department in a field related to the student’s major, and at least one Graduate School representative.
In case of interdisciplinary graduate programs, the Graduate School Representative cannot have a primary appointment in the same department (or other appropriate major unit) as the student's committee chair.
Formal approval of all student advisory committees is made by the Graduate Dean.