The Supervisory Committee

The supervisory committee consists of your supervisor and at least two other individuals (normally faculty members). Its role is to provide support by broadening and deepening the range of expertise and experience available  to you and your supervisor. The committee offers advice about and assessment of your work.

A doctoral student’s supervisory committee is responsible for guiding the student in selecting any required courses, planning the research, and preparing the thesis.

Students in a master's program with a thesis usually have a supervisory committee that advises them on coursework, research, and thesis preparation.

Graduate students who establish their supervisory committees early in their programs and who meet with their committees regularly, tend to complete their degree programs successfully, and more quickly, than students who wait to establish their committees. 

The Handbook of Graduate Supervision has more information about working effectively with your supervisory committee.

Who can be a supervisory committee member?

For information on composition of supervisory committees and eligibility for supervisory roles, see Policies and Procedures / Supervision