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Graduate Studies Committee Introduction

Section 13.0 of the Graduate School Handbook

Each graduate program authorized to offer a graduate degree must have a Graduate Studies Committee (GSC). The Graduate Studies Committee oversees and administers its graduate degree programs and is the liaison between the Graduate School and the graduate faculty members in the graduate program. 

Membership. Only graduate faculty members and graduate students in the graduate program are eligible to serve officially on the Graduate Studies Committee. The committee must have a minimum of three members, and the Graduate School strongly recommends that at least one current graduate student and at least one faculty member from each departmental unit (if applicable) serve as committee members.

Selection. The graduate faculty members in the graduate program determine the rules by which the Graduate Studies Committee’s members and its chair are selected and their terms of office specified. The head of the academic unit or department chair may be a member of the committee but normally does not serve as its chair.