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The following graduate programs have additional requirements for constituting doctoral committees. All requirements above the Minimum Standards are enforced by the program. If a program is not listed below, then it adheres to the campus-wide Minimum Standards.
One of the four doctoral committee members must hold an appointment at UCLA in a department “outside” the student’s major department. (Faculty who hold multiple appointments count as “inside” if one of those appointments is in the student’s department.)
All UCLA Ph.D. committee members must not hail from the same primary home department.
Biomathematics doctoral committees must contain a minimum of two members, including the Committee Chair or a Co-Chair, from the Department of Biomathematics. A maximum of one member may be from outside UCLA.
At least two of the committee members must have their primary appointments in the Department of Biostatistics. At least one of the committee members must have a primary appointment outside of the Department of Biostatistics.
Two members, including the chair, must hold appointments at UCLA in the student’s major department in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
At least two of the committee members must be from the Department of Classics.
Three of the four faculty must hold appointments in Community Health Sciences, one must be an outside member who holds no appointment in the School of Public Health; one of the four must be from the minor field. None of the four can hold adjunct professor or lecturer positions. A limited number of adjunct faculty hold waivers from the Graduate Council that allows them to be regular members of doctoral committees. The department SAO has a list of those faculty.
The doctoral committee is comprised of two faculty members from the department and two faculty members from inside or outside of the department.
At least three committee members must hold appointments in the UCLA Computer Science Department.
The doctoral committee must have two co-chairs, and those two co-chairs must have their primary appointment in different departments. One of the co-chairs must have an appointment in Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials (CAEM).
The Chair, and one other committee member, always must hold a current Academic Senate faculty appointment at UCLA in the same department or interdepartmental program as the student.
Of the three members required by the university to hold current UCLA Academic Senate faculty appointments, a minimum of two must hold these appointments in the English Department.
Two of the UCLA faculty members must hold either a full, split, joint, adjunct, or affiliate faculty appointment in the IoES.
In addition to the university’s minimum standards for the nomination of the Doctoral Committee, the Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) Department will require the following:
The three UCLA faculty members must hold either a full, split, joint, or adjunct faculty appointment in the IoES.
Two of the four doctoral committee members must hold an academic appointment in Epidemiology.
Students in the music and anthropology specialization: Beyond the three internal members of the dissertation committee, the outside member of the dissertation committee must be a faculty member of UCLA’s Department of Anthropology, or an anthropologist in another UCLA department approved by the student’s dissertation committee chair(s). An anthropologist from outside UCLA may also serve as the outside member of the dissertation committee.
Two members, including the chair, must be from the Department of French and Francophone Studies.
Two of the four doctoral committee faculty must hold a 0% or higher appointment in Gender Studies.
The doctoral committee consists of at least four faculty members who hold professorial appointments. Two of the faculty must be tenured. Three of the four must hold appointments in Health Policy and Management; at least one must hold an appointment in another department at UCLA. Students may, however, petition the department for exceptions.
At least two members (including the Chair) must hail from the UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
Together, the student and dissertation research adviser convene a five member doctoral committee. Upon advancement to candidacy, the dissertation research adviser joins the doctoral committee as either the fifth member, or by replacing one of the existing four members of the committee. The fourth committee member must hold either a current UCLA
Academic Senate faculty appointment, or its academic equivalent at another accredited university or college (UC or non-UC).
No UCLA members may be an Adjunct Professor (any rank) or Professor of Clinical X (any rank).
No UCLA members may be an Adjunct Professor (any rank) or Professor of Clinical X (any rank).
The doctoral committee consists of a minimum of four faculty comprised of the program’s affiliated faculty who are qualified in the student’s selected research area. Students may petition to the MCIP IDP Chair to have an “outside” (non-affiliated faculty) member serve as one of the four faculty members. The chair of the student’s committee must be an affiliated faculty member of the MCIP IDP.
At least three of the four doctoral committee members must hold an appointment in the Molecular Toxicology IDP.
Three committee members (including the Chair and at least one other UCLA member) can serve as certifying members in lieu of the full committee.
A minimum of two committee members must hold appointments within the Social Welfare Department. At least one committee member must come from an outside department.
Do all of my doctoral committee members have to be certifying?
Yes, all committee members read, approve, and certify the dissertation. (Under extremely unusual circumstances, a department or interdepartmental program may have an exception that allows three committee members to serve as certifying in lieu of the full committee.)
Can Lecturers serve on doctoral committees under the Minimum Standards?
Effective Fall 2016, the Minimum Standards require three eligible UCLA faculty members but there are no restrictions regarding the number from inside or outside a department. Thus, the pool of potential UCLA committee members has increased significantly. To balance this change, eligible faculty titles have become more defined. Only Adjunct and Clinical X professors of any rank will be eligible for inclusion on a committee if approved by the Committee on Degree Programs (CDP). Lecturers are no longer eligible as one of the four members. However, a Lecturer could be a fifth (additional) member as a subject matter expert with equivalent academic credentials to a UCLA Academic Senate faculty member.
Can an Adjunct Professor be my co-chair?
An adjunct professor may serve as a co-chair if approved by Committee on Degree Programs (CDP). Please consult with your department to determine if the professor in question has CDP approval.
Do I need to submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) for anyone who is not a UCLA Academic Senate faculty member or CDP-approved member (i.e., non-UCLA ladder rank faculty member)?
Yes. If you would like a qualified individual who is a subject matter expert on your research topic and who is not UCLA Academic Senate faculty or CDP-approved, you will need to submit a current CV with the committee nomination.
Can a Subject Matter Expert serve as a co-chair?
No. Subject Matter Experts may only serve as fifth (additional) members on a doctoral committee.
Can a non-UCLA faculty member serve as a co-chair?
Yes, as long as they hold an Academic Senate faculty appointment or its equivalent at another university.
How can I find out if an Adjunct or Clinical faculty member is CDP approved?
Please consult with your Student Affairs Officer (SAO) in your graduate program to determine if the professor in question has CDP approval.
What is the process for nominating an Adjunct or Clinical faculty member to the CDP Exceptions List?
The department confers with the Academic Policy Coordinator in the Graduate Division about the process for nominating Adjunct or Clinical faculty to the CDP Exceptions List. Information about the exceptions list is available on p. 17 of Standards and Procedures for Graduate Study at UCLA.
Can two CDP-approved individuals serve on a doctoral committee as members?
If certified and approved by the Committee on Degree Programs (CDP), one Adjunct Professor (any rank) or Professor of Clinical X (any rank) may serve in place of the required three UCLA Senate faculty members. Only one substitution is allowed per doctoral committee. However, a second CDP member may serve as a fifth (additional) member.
Can a UC (non-UCLA) staff or faculty member who does not hold an Academic Senate faculty position (e.g., Research Scientist, Lecturer, Adjunct Professor, and Clinical Professor) serve as one of the four required members on a doctoral committee?
No. Only UC faculty members who hold an Academic Senate faculty appointment or its equivalent may serve as one of the four required members. A UC (non-UCLA) staff or faculty member who does not hold an Academic Senate faculty position or its equivalent may serve as a fifth (additional) member.