Supervisory Committee

Throughout your program, you will rely on your supervisory committee for guidance and assistance.

You should appoint your committee as soon as possible after completing the coursework covered in the Part I Qualifier exams. The committee must consist of a major professor and at least two additional committee members, all of whom must be members of the UB graduate faculty. An outside reader is not required but is recommended.

Your supervisory committee will:

  • Review and approve your program of study
  • Conduct your Part II oral exam
  • Determine if you have satisfied the program requirements and are ready to apply for candidacy
  • Evaluate your dissertation progress once half the work has been completed and make suggestions
  • Conduct the final oral exam, your dissertation defense