The committee chair is a member of the Graduate Faculty who leads the committee for the defense of the prospectus or Ph D final exam (dissertation).
In some cases, there is a Committee Co-Chair who co-leads the committee.
A student must be admitted to candidacy by the end of the third year of study, which falls on the last date of the 12th quarter.
A student failing to meet this milestone will be considered not in good academic standing and therefore will be placed on academic probation.
In some cases, although rare, there is a Principal Research Co-Advisor who also works with the student to develop a research topic, formulate ideas and structure for, and guides the progress of the thesis/prospectus/dissertation.
The committee members are those who have expertise in and inform the student's area of research, serve as a reader of the thesis, prospectus, or dissertation, and vote on the outcome of the proposal defense/final exam.The student must submit the Ph D Prospectus form via the TGS Forms tab in GSTS.The program must approve this form online before The Graduate School enters the final approval.Admission to The Graduate School does not constitute or guarantee a student's admission to candidacy for the Ph D degree.Admission to candidacy is contingent upon the recommendation of the student's department or program and upon approval of The Graduate School.All dissertators should consult with their advisors about appropriate forms of assistance before assistance is rendered.Dissertations must acknowledge assistance received in any of the following areas: Dissertations must be formatted according to the Dissertation Formatting Guidelines document.In some cases, this degree is offered in conjunction with another degree, whether from another program administered by The Graduate School or from another school at Northwestern University.The Doctor of Philosophy degree is oriented toward research that will advance knowledge.The Committee Chair may or may not be the same individual as the Principal Research Advisor.A minimum of three individuals must serve on the final exam committee.