The following policy is a general one for all master’s students at UC San Diego. A department may have more specific requirements for appointments (e.g., a departmental ladder rank faculty member on each committee) and the department chair has final departmental authority to recommend a committee.
Completed committee form https://goapp.ucsd.edu/committee/login.php must be electronically submitted to the Graduate Division no later than two weeks prior to the date scheduled for the thesis defense.
A master's thesis committee consists of three faculty members, at least two of whom must be from the candidate's major department. (Graduate Council, January 4, 1991)
Departments are advised to refer to the Doctoral Committee Membership Table , which specifies which academic titles may serve on graduate student committees (doctoral or thesis). The faculty titles listed on the chart refers to UC San Diego faculty members only (with the exception of the "Professor from another UC campus" title).
The department chair’s electronic approval of the committee form is certification that the composition of the master’s committee is in compliance with Senate Regulations concerning Requirements for Higher Degrees.
The Dean of the Graduate Division will consider exceptions to individual committee membership with plausible justification from the graduate program. Requests for exception are submitted electronically via the on-line committee constitution form/tool at https://goapp.ucsd.edu/committee/login.php under Student Committee Membership.
Graduate Council 1993 Action 4/8/93
A professor who leaves UC San Diego may continue to be on the committee and may serve as co-chair, but may not continue as chair.
A committee chair from outside the department may not also serve as the tenured, outside member.
A professor from another UC campus may be an inside or an outside member.