Assembling Exam Committee

Master Degree

MS students are required to assemble a Final Oral Exam committee using the graduate school's online form. CS students are advised to complete this process at least one semester before they plan to defend their thesis or Plan B paper.

  • Final exam committee must consist of at least three members, including the advisor(s)
  • All committee members and the student must participate in the final exam
  • At least one member must represent a field outside the major or if a minor is declared - must represent the minor field
  • Members cannot serve as both a major field and outside/minor field examiner
  • Plan A exams must contain an oral component and are closed - open only to the student and committee members
  • Plan A students must provide the reviewers with a copy of the Plan A thesis at least 14 days beofre the scheduled date of the exam
  • Every member of the exam committee must certify that the thesis is acceptable with minor revisions before the final exam may take place
  • Plan B exams may be oral, written, or both and closed - open only to the student and committee members
  • A majority vote is required to pass
  • Students are responsible to assign Final Oral Exam Committee using the graduate school's online form.

Doctoral Degree

Doctoral students are required to assemble two exam committees, a prelim oral exam committee and a final oral exam commttee. The same committee members can serve in both committees, however each committee form needs to be filled separately using online process.

Prelim Oral Exam Committee

  • Prelim oral exam committee must consists of at least four members
  • At least three members must be from the student's major field
  • At least one member must represent a field outside the major or if a minor declared, must represent the minor field
  • Members cannot serve as both a major field and outside/minor field examiner
  • Students are responsible to assign prelim oral exam Committee using the graduate school's online form at least one month before scheduled exam date.
  • Prelim oral is a closed exam -open only to the student and committee members
  • Prelim oral is graded pass, pass with reservation, or fail

Final Oral Exam Committee

  • Final oral exam committee must consists of at least four members, including the adviser
  • At least three members must be from the student's major field
  • At least one member must represent a field outside the major or if a minor declared, must represent the minor field
  • Members cannot serve as both a major field and outside/minor field examiner
  • A minimum of two major field and one minor/outside reviewers are required
  • In the case of multiple minors there must be a reviewer from each minor field
  • Adviser(s) must serve as reviewer
  • Every designated reviewer must certify that the dissertation is ready for defense prior to the oral exam
  • The doctoral final exam must include a public presentation and a closed session open only to the committee and the student immediately following the public presentation
  • All committee members, or all committee members save one, must certify that the student has passed the doctoral final oral examination
  • Students are responsible to assign prelim oral exam Committee using the graduate school's online form at least one month before scheduled exam date