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Section 12.5 of the Graduate School Handbook
Graduate faculty with M or P status may serve on master’s and doctoral (candidacy and final oral) examination committees as listed below. The advisor for a student must have appropriate graduate faculty status in the student’s graduate program.
A Master’s examination committee includes at least two current graduate faculty members, including the primary advisor. Both members can have M or P status.
A Specialist in Education (EdS) examination committee (
A Doctoral candidacy committee includes at least four current graduate faculty, including the primary advisor and the co-advisor (if applicable). The primary advisor must have P status while the rest of committee members can be M or P.
A Doctoral final examination committee includes at least three graduate faculty members, including the primary advisor and the co-advisor (if applicable). The primary advisor must have P status, while the rest of the committee can be M or P.
A Professional doctoral examination committee includes at least three members, with an option for one of the members to be a non-graduate faculty member. The primary advisor can be M or P, but if M must have a PhD or an equivalent professional degree that is in line with the respective professional doctorate program.
Former graduate faculty members who have retired or left the university and are no longer current graduate faculty at Ohio State are allowed to serve on their students’ masters or doctoral final examination committee(s) under the Continuous Service policy (Section 12.1) upon petition by the student submitting a Committee and Examination Petition on GRADFORMS. Faculty approved under this policy will count toward the regular number of graduate faculty members needed for a valid committee. Retired or resigned faculty who are not approved under the Continuous Service policy can only serve as an additional external member for a doctoral candidacy exam upon petition by the student using GRADFORMS.
External Member. Persons who are not graduate faculty members at Ohio State may serve on master’s or doctoral (candidacy and final oral) examination committees upon the recommendation of the Graduate Studies Committee of the student’s program as an external member of the committee upon request by the student submitting a Committee and Examination Petition on GRADFORMS. Petitions will need to include a curriculum vitae for the external member. Approval by the Graduate School is granted upon special petition by the Graduate Studies Committee, outlining the special qualifications and expected contributions of the proposed committee member.