Service by faculty and other individuals on master's and doctoral committees is voluntary, and members may serve or discontinue service at their own discretion. It is the student's responsibility to form and nominate a valid committee appropriate for their degree objective.
For more information, contact the Academic Services team.
Master's Thesis Committee
The thesis committee is approved by and responsible to the Graduate Dean under policies established by the Graduate Council.
The master's thesis committee consists of at least three Academic Senate members, with tenure-track faculty member from the student’s major (home) department serving as chair or co-chair. At least two members of every master’s thesis committee must be tenure-track faculty. The majority of the three members shall be from the student’s UCSB major (home) department. Recommendation of the appointment of additional members to the thesis committee is at the discretion of the department.
Read more information about other possible committee members below.
To formally nominate a thesis committee, departments must submit to the Graduate Division a Committee Form I and Conflict of Interest Form that includes current title and departmental affiliation of every faculty member being nominated. Departments must submit the completed and signed Committee Form I and Conflict of Interest Form.