Master's Thesis And Project Committee Composition

Definition:This policy describes (1) the size of master's thesis/project committee, and (2) the qualifications of master's thesis/project committee members
Authority:President of California State University San Marcos
Scope:All degreed master's programs
Responsible Division:Academic Affairs
Approval Date:06/18/2004
Implementation Date:06/18/2004
Originally Implemented:06/18/2004
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Procedure

I. INTRODUCTION

All members of the thesis or project committee will be individuals with advanced degrees and/or relevant professional experience.

II. COMMITTEE COMPOSITION

A) Thesis Committee: Each thesis committee will have a minimum of two members.

  1. The chair of the thesis committee, who must be a tenure line CSUSM faculty member, ensures that the thesis conforms to program and university standards. S/He must have knowledge and expertise in the field of study and is responsible for the intellectual integrity, rigor, and quality of research.
  2. A second member of the thesis committee must hold a graduate degree.
  3. The thesis chair and the coordinator/director of the graduate program must approve the composition of the thesis committee.

B) Project Committee: Each project committee will have a minimum of two members, one of whom must be a tenure line CSUSM faculty member.

  1. The chair of the project committee will normally be a tenure line faculty member, who ensures the culminating project conforms to program and university standards. S/he must have knowledge and expertise in the field of study and is responsible for the intellectual integrity, rigor, and quality of the project.
  2. The coordinator/director of the graduate program must approve the composition of the project committee or delegate the approval of its composition to an appropriate faculty member.
  3. Any exceptions to the project chair being a tenure line faculty member must be approved by the coordinator/director of the graduate program and the Dean of Graduate Studies. Exceptions will be granted only when the on-tenure track individual has unique knowledge and expertise which will enhance the quality of the project.

Individual programs may have more stringent guidelines for thesis and project committee membership, as approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.