Committee Selection for Master’s Students

As per the Master's Students Timelines, the student, after consultation with their mentor/advisor, shall enter their Advisory Committee members into Seguidor.       

  1. The Advisory Committee shall be composed of at least three faculty members, two of which should be from the area of student’s research interest and one from outside the department of specialization. The student’s major advisor will serve as the Chair of the Advisory Committee. Two of the three members must have graduate faculty status.
  2. The Advisory Committee will be submitted and maintained in Seguidor, the graduate student information system.   Once entered, the Advisory Committee will be approved by the student’s MSIA sub-plan representative, one of the MSIA Co-Chairs, and the Dean of Graduate Studies.
  3. The Advisory Committee shall approve a formal Program of Studies.
  4. The Advisory Committee shall meet with the student at least every six months to review the student’s progress in courses, research and professional development.  A copy of the meeting minutes shall be uploaded by the student into Seguidor.
  5. Prior to the end of the first year of the student’s program, the student shall prepare the Individual Development Plan (IDP) and meet with their Advisory Committee to approve their thesis research topic.  This should be documented in the students meeting minutes. 
  6. Students are also required to submit an Annual Report to be updated yearly and uploaded into Seguidor.  Students are encouraged to share and discuss this report with their Advisory Committee.  The initial components of a graduate student’s Annual Report should be developed at the time of the first Advisory Committee meeting.  The template is available in Seguidor.
  7. The Advisory Committee for M.S. degree students has the following principal responsibilities:
    1. Assist the student in developing a program of studies.
    2. Advise the student regarding research direction and thesis preparation.
    3. Potentially administer the comprehensive examination.
    4. Serve as the Examination Committee for the final oral exam. ( i.e., thesis defense)