Master's Advisor and Advisory Committee
All students in graduate programs must have a graduate advisor who is a member of the graduate faculty in the student's major program and is appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School upon recommendation of the Director of Graduate Programs (DGP). In the case of master's programs requiring theses and/or final oral examinations, the graduate advisor serves as chair or co-chair of the committee.
The primary function of the committee is to advise the student in all aspects of the educational program and to monitor and evaluate that student's progress toward the degree. The committee should provide an intellectually stimulating foundation for the student's professional and scholarly development and should be sensitive to any difficulties in the student's progress, research performance or methodology requiring attention. The committee certifies whether the student has met NC State's standards for a graduate degree. Advising and guiding the student on how best to qualify for the requirements of a degree is a key part of this responsibility.
In all master's programs except those designated "Option B," the committee will consist of at least three NC State Graduate Faculty members, one of whom is designated as chair and one of whom represents the minor if one has been declared. Those master's programs designated "Option B" require that the student choose only a major advisor or co-advisors but no committee.