Are you planning to graduate in spring 2011? If so, you will need to file your admission to candidacy form by November 30, 2010. Over the past couple of semesters, I’ve had questions from students about who can serve on their committees.
Master’s Committees require a major professor and at least two faculty members, all of whom must hold the rank of assistant professor or higher. Most of our faculty members are assistant, associate, or full professors, which means they are eligible to serve. However, we also have faculty who hold the rank of clinical assistant professor and adjunct assistant professor, who are also eligible. Submit Admission to Candidacy Form, and Application to Graduate by Nov. 30th.
Doctoral Committees require a major professor and at least three faculty members, all of whom must hold the rank of assistant professor or higher. At least three members, including the chair (your major professor) must be approved to direct dissertations. One member must come from an academic unit outside your major field. This will typically be in the area of your cognate. It is also possible to include a fifth member from outside the university (in your field of specialization). Keep in mind, however, that the university will typically not pay for travel for an outside member and you cannot either as that would constitute a conflict of interest. Submit Doctoral Committee Appointment Form, Admission to Candidacy Form, and Application to Graduate by Nov. 30th.