The supervisory committee consists of your supervisor plus
- at least two other individuals for doctoral students
- at least one other individual for master's students.
Its role is to provide support to you and your supervisor by broadening and deepening the range of expertise and experience available, and by offering 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 sooner than students who wait to establish their committees.