The Thesis Supervisory Committee

  • Monitors a student's progress regularly during his/her graduate career
  • Counsels, advises and assists the student.
  • Acts to maintain equal standards of student supervision.
  • The supervisor and the supervisory committee identify when a student is not making adequate progress and document it on the Supervisory Committee Evaluation Report and, in consultation with the student, devise approaches to remedy the problem.


If it is in the best interest of a student and his or her project, the Department will consider allowing the student to be co-supervised by two professors after consultation with the Graduate Coordinator. The details of the relationship between the student and the two co-supervisors (where the student will work, whose lab meetings will they attend, what fraction of the stipend each supervisor is responsible for etc.) will vary on a case-by-case basis. The details of the relationship, however, should be agreed upon at the onset of the co-supervision. After consultation with the Graduate Coordinator, a letter/email describing this relationship should be given to the Graduate Program Administrator as soon as co-supervision is established. Note that once a co-supervisor is appointed, there is no primary/secondary supervisor; each are considered equal mentors of and equally responsible for the student. If an existing supervisory committee member becomes a co-supervisor, a permanent replacement for that supervisory committee member should be found as soon as possible and approved by the Graduate Coordinator.

If the co-supervised student and/or the co-supervisors are considering changing the co-supervision status, the Graduate Coordinator should be consulted before any changes are made. Any agreed upon changes to the co-supervisory relationship should then be reported to the Graduate Program Administrator immediately via an email in which all relevant parties are carbon copied (cc’d). Otherwise, all parties will be held to their initial agreement should any disagreements arise in the future.

Choosing a Supervisory Committee

Scheduling your committee meeting

Committee Meeting Descriptions

Time-to-Completion Meeting

Progress & Evaluation Reports

Committee Meeting Procedures

Terminal Committee Meeting