Faculty members appointed as advisors by the major department supervise and assist students in planning a program until they choose a major professor. Thereafter, a committee, selected by the students in accord with their departments, oversees the remainder of the work. You can find guidelines for the committee below.
A doctoral dissertation committee, selected by the student with the approval of his or her home department, oversees the doctoral student’s work in preparing the PhD dissertation. The doctoral dissertation committee must be comprised of at least three core members: a major professor and at least two additional core committee members. Each core committee member must be a member of the UB Graduate Faculty. Associate members of the UB Graduate Faculty may not serve on doctoral dissertation committees as core members, but may serve as additional committee members. On occasion, individuals who are neither members nor associate members of the UB Graduate Faculty may serve as additional dissertation committee members if their expertise would be of significant value to the student and the core members of the committee. Questions concerning the composition of doctoral dissertation committees should be referred to the Graduate School.