All full-time graduate students following the thesis or dissertation option are required to select a research topic and major professor by the end of the first term in which they enter the Department. A form for this purpose is available. The completed form should be submitted to the departmental graduate coordinator.
The major professor is responsible for directing the student's research and progress toward a degree. Once a major professor has been approved, a supervisory committee should be established and a program of study prepared in consultation with the major professor before the end of the second term.