Establishing A Committee

Graduate: Establishing a Committee
What is a supervisory committee?
A supervisory committee guides and assists a student in working toward a graduate degree.

Who can serve on a supervisory committee?
All University of Utah faculty members are eligible to serve as supervisory committee members.
- The faculty member must hold the terminal degree in the relevant field, and/or have demonstrated research and scholarly work in the field.
- Committee chairs must be selected from tenure-line faculty.
- Persons from outside the University of Utah may serve as committee members with approval of the Dean of The Graduate School.
- Immediate family members are not eligible to serve on a student’s supervisory committee.

Student Information

Family Name
My degree will be granted in the following field:
IMPORTANT: Only students completing the coursework-only construction engineering MS should select "Construction Engineering" above. ALL students who are completing research in the field of construction engineering should select "Civil Engineering" above.
Also called Major Professor or Principal Investigator (PI).

Committee Responsibilities

As a non-thesis (coursework-only) student the committee holds two main responsibilities:
(1) Committee members ensure the coursework you select will provide for you the education needed to be a successful Master's-Level Engineer.
(2) Committee members will evaluate the non-technical comprehensive exam completed in the student's final semester of study.
The supervisory committee is responsible for:
- approving the student’s academic program,
- approving the thesis or dissertation subject,
- reading and approving the thesis or dissertation,
- administering and judging the final oral examination (thesis or dissertation defense).

The chair of the supervisory committee directs the student’s research and writing of the thesis or dissertation.

Other Responsibilities:
- The final oral examination may be chaired by any member of the supervisory committee consistent with departmental policy.
- If a student’s preliminary work is deficient, the supervisory committee may require supplementary courses for which no credit is granted.
- Decisions concerning program requirements, examinations, and the thesis or dissertation are made by majority committee vote.

Committee Requirements

Master’s Supervisory Committee
Unless otherwise approved by the Dean of The Graduate School, the committee chair and the majority of the committee must be tenure-line faculty in the student’s home department.
Ph.D. Supervisory Committee
Each supervisory committee consists of five faculty members and meet the below conditions.
(1) The committee chair and the majority of the committee must be tenure-line faculty in the student’s department.
(2) One member of the committee must be appointed from outside the student’s major department.
- The outside member is normally from another University of Utah department.
- The Dean of The Graduate School may approve a committee member from outside the university with appropriate justification and when supporting documentation is provided.

Doctoral Committee

Also called Major Professor or Principal Investigator (PI).
Tenure-Line In Area (i.e. structural)
Tenure-Line In Area (i.e. structural)
Outside the Department (Last, First)
Another PhD (Last, First)

Masters Committee

Also called Major Professor.
Tenure-Line In Area of Study (i.e. structural)
Another PhD (Last, First)
For students completing a coursework-only degree, it is suggested that the committee is comprised of the professors you complete coursework with early-on in your degree. If you need recommendations, please schedule with the Graduate Academic Advisor.
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