Doctoral Committees

Most graduate programs require that committee members have Graduate Education Responsibilities (GER) in the field they represent (major field or minor/outside of the major field). Advisers and committee members must also meet college-specific requirements to carry out graduate education responsibilities.

Check here to verify faculty have GER in the major field and/or minor/outside of the major field.

 

Prelim oral examination committee:

The doctoral preliminary oral committee must consist of at least four members, including the adviser/s. All members of the committee and the candidate must participate in the preliminary oral examination.

  • At least three members (including the adviser) must be from the student's major field.
  • At least one member must represent a field outside the major
  • If the student has declared a minor, at least one member must represent the minor field.
  • Members cannot satisfy the requirement with respect to more than one field.

Final oral examination committee:

The doctoral final oral committee must consist of at least four members, including the adviser/s.  All members of the committee and the candidate must participate in the final oral examination.

  • At least three members (including the adviser) must be from the student’s major field. 
  • At least one member must represent a field outside the major
  • If the student has declared a minor, at least one member must represent the minor field. 
  • Members cannot satisfy the requirement with respect to more than one field.
  • Committee is not required to include the same members who served on the prelim oral committee. 

Thesis Reviewers for final oral examination:

  • A minimum of 2 major field reviewers and 1 minor/outside reviewer are required. In the case of multiple minors, there must be a reviewer for each minor.  
  • Adviser/s must serve as reviewers.
  • Every designated reviewer on the doctoral dissertation reviewer’s report must certify that the dissertation is ready for defense before the doctoral final oral examination may take place.

Adviser:

  • Must represent the major on the preliminary oral and final oral committees. 
  • May serve as chair for the preliminary oral examination.

Co-adviser (if any):

  • May represent the major or the minor/outside field on the preliminary oral and final oral committees. 
  • May serve as chair for the preliminary oral examination.