The Research Committee consists of not fewer than three voting members of the graduate faculty, at least two of whom represent the major discipline. If the student has a minor, one member of the committee should be a faculty member from the minor area. This committee shall have authority with respect to the student’s dissertation; and the committee chair administers this authority. This committee also serves as the candidate’s committee to examine and give approval for the dissertation.
External Committee Members: A committee chair may request that someone, from outside of the university, serve on a student's research committee, when her/his expertise and/or experience will enhance the quality of the student's research and study experience. The external committee member participates in research meetings but is not a voting member of the committee. The appointment is with great appreciation but no remuneration is awarded for the service. A copy of the the individual's vita/resume must be submitted with the request to the Dean of the Graduate School.
Effective Fall 2018, all doctoral degrees are to be completed in eight years at which time coursework will begin to out date.