Your major professor (MP) is the committee member from your major field who serves as your primary academic advisor, your principal thesis advisor, and the general mentor for your academic program and your research. Your MP must be a Graduate Faculty member in your major department/program who is approved to direct students at your level. In some departments/programs, the student is responsible for selecting a MP; in others, the department/program assigns a MP in consultation with the student. Please check with your major department/program regarding local procedures.
Requirements and policies related to committee structure, advising, and examinations are consistent with those in the OSU Graduate Catalog. Each student works with an advisor and graduate committee to develop a Graduate Study Program.
The M.S. Graduate committee consists of the major adviser, the minor adviser (if applicable) and one other member. Non-Thesis: The examining committee consists of three members of the graduate faculty - two in the major field and one in the minor field if a minor is included. When a minor is not included, the third member may be from the graduate faculty at large. Thesis: The examining committee consists of at least four members of the graduate faculty - two in the major field, one in the minor field if a minor is included, and a Graduate Council representative. When a minor is not included, the fourth member may be from the graduate faculty at large.
The Ph.D. Graduate Committee consists of at least five members, including the Major Professor, the Minor Professor, and a Graduate School Representative. The Major and Minor Professors must be members of the ES Graduate Faculty. At least three members must be from the ES Graduate Faculty and three different academic disciplines should be represented, not counting the Graduate School Representative. The intent of this requirement is to provide disciplinary breadth on the committee. The Ph.D. Graduate Committee must be approved by the ES Graduate Program Director.
The responsibilities of major professors regarding student advising are varied and differ somewhat from a regular graduate department. Although professor-student dynamics are highly variable depending upon the personalities involved, all major professors are expected to: