Graduate Student Handbook

3.4 Doctoral Advisory and Examination Committees

Each doctoral student will have an Advisory Committee that must approve the student’s curriculum plan and supervise the student’s progress through to the Candidacy Examination. Following successful completion of the candidacy examination, the student may form a different Dissertation Committee to guide the preparation and defense of the dissertation. Detailed guidelines for the composition and duties of these committees are found in Section 8 of this handbook and in the Graduate School Handbook. Divisions may impose additional constraints on the doctoral committees, as described in later sections.