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F4.7 Configuration Requirements for Higher Degree Committees

Updated: August 26th, 2011

Master’s Thesis Committee:

Chair (the first inside member)
Second inside member
Outside member (this is preferred, but not required; may be replaced by a second inside member)

Doctoral Qualifying Examination Committee:

Chair (the first inside member)
Second inside member
Third inside or additional members (see below)
Outside member

  • Some majors require 4 committee members, 2 of whom must be in the student’s major.
  • Other majors require 5 committee members, 3 of whom must be in the student’s major.
  • The Chair of the Qualifying Examination Committee cannot serve as the Chair of the Dissertation Committee for the same student.  (However, a student’s Qualifying Examination Committee Chair may serve as a Dissertation Committee Co-Chair if the other Co-Chair is from the same department.)
  • There cannot be Co-Chairs for the Qualifying Exam.
  • One additional member beyond the required number may be added to the Qualifying Examination Committee.
  • Two members beyond the required number may be requested by the Head Graduate Adviser in a memorandum addressed to the cognizant Associate Dean, in care of the Graduate Services: Degrees Office (318 Sproul Hall, #5900).
  • If a student is reexamined, the committee for the second examination must be the same as for the first exam.

Doctoral Dissertation Committee:

Chair (the first inside member)
Second inside member
Outside member

  • An additional or third inside member may be added but is not required.
  • Two co-chairs may replace one chair.
  • The Dissertation Chair cannot be the same person that served as Chair on the student’s  Qualifying Examination Committee.  The Qualifying Examination Chair may serve as a student’s Dissertation Co-Chair, however, if the other Co-Chair is a member of the same department.
  • A memorandum addressed to the cognizant Associate Dean, in care of Graduate Services: Degrees Office (318 Sproul Hall, #5900), is required to request a committee membership of 5 or more faculty.

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