Graduate committee selection
Each M.S. student on the Thesis Plan must secure a Thesis Advisor (Advisor) and a Graduate Committee. The Graduate Committee (Advisory-Examining Committee), chosen in communication between the student and her/his Advisor, serves as an advisory board to the student, on issues such as class selection, research work, thesis preparation, and defense. The student is encouraged to form their committee as early as possible, but not later than the beginning of their third semester.
The Graduate Committee must consist of a minimum of three graduate faculty members, including the Advisor, who functions as the committee’s Chair. At least two faculty members must be from the student’s major department or program, and one faculty member from another department in a field related to the student’s major member, serves as the Graduate School’s representative. Formal approval of the committee is made by the Graduate Dean.