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Doctoral Degree Policies

Appointment of Doctoral Supervisory Committee

A supervisory committee is appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School to guide and assist a graduate student working toward a doctoral degree and is expected to evaluate a student's performance throughout a program. A supervisory committee should be appointed no later than four months prior to a General Examination. Appointment of a supervisory committee indicates that the Graduate Faculty in a student's field finds a student's background and achievement a sufficient basis for admission into a program of doctoral study and research. "Preliminary" examinations, if required, should be completed prior to a request for appointment of a supervisory committee. If "preliminary" examinations are not an academic unit's requirement, it is appropriate to request appointment of a supervisory committee during a student's first year of study (see Graduate School Memorandum 13, Supervisory Committees for Graduate Students).