Doctoral Advisor and Advisory Committee

All students in graduate programs must have a graduate advisor who is a member of the Graduate Faculty in the student's major program and is appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School upon recommendation of the DGP. The graduate advisor serves as chair or co-chair of the committee. 

The primary function of the committee is to advise the student in all aspects of the educational program and to monitor and evaluate that student's progress toward the degree. The committee should provide an intellectually stimulating foundation for the student's professional and scholarly development and should be sensitive to any difficulties in the student's progress, research performance or methodology requiring attention. The committee certifies whether the student has met NC State's standards for a graduate degree. Advising and guiding the student on how best to qualify for the requirements of a degree is a key part of this responsibility. 

A doctoral student’s committee will consist of at least four NC State graduate faculty members, one of whom represents the minor field if a minor has been declared. The committee is indicated on the Plan of Graduate Work. In this way, the committee is officially recommended by the DGP, and must be approved by the Graduate School at the time of the approval of the Plan of Graduate Work.