Initially, the student will be advised by the academic adviser
assigned to them during the first semester of enrollment. In order
to enroll in any course, the student must have the signature of
the adviser. No student can enroll without such a signature. If a
student enrolls in a class without their adviser's signature or
approval, that class may not count toward graduation
requirements. Also see the section "Starting the Program".
In the semester that results in 12 hours of
credit toward the master's
degree, students should decide between a thesis option and a non-thesis
option. If students decide on a non-thesis option, they should consult
with their adviser and submit a plan of study for approval. If students
decide on a thesis option, they should seek a thesis adviser, who then
also becomes the academic adviser. The thesis adviser must be a full
member of the
graduate faculty and, in collaboration with the
student, will then appoint two other graduate or associate
graduate faculty members to be on the student's thesis committee.
The thesis committee may consist of more than three members, but
the majority of committee members must have full graduate faculty
status. Again, a plan of study must be submitted for approval.