Following the interview with the applicant, at least one member of the graduate faculty of the department must express a willingness to work with the student as program advisor in order for the student to be accepted into the program. If two or more faculty members indicate a willingness, the department chair will designate one to become program advisor. The program advisor will work with the student in developing the student's overall program and may or may not become the student's dissertation advisor.
The student will select a Dissertation Advisor from approved faculty in the Department. The Dissertation Advisor will guide the student in developing a prospectus (concept paper) regarding the dissertation. Keeping in mind the nature of the topic, the student, in conjunction with the Dissertation Advisor, will nominate Committee members and present these recommendations to the Dean of the Graduate College. The Dean will appoint the members of the Dissertation Committee, appoint a Graduate Faculty Representative and notify the Dissertation Advisor of the appointments. The Graduate Representative will act as a non-voting observer and participant throughout the dissertation process. With the help of the Dissertation Committee, the student will formulate a proposal from the prospectus. The Committee will then formally approve the proposal for the dissertation. The Dissertation Advisor and the Committee will then aid the student in completing the review process as specified by the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (HSIRB), if appropriate. (See GPH and GCC for requirements for Dissertation Committee structure.)