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CSIS Program Supervision

PhD in Computer Science and Information Systems

Supervision of the PhD program

The PhD program is supervised by co-directors from the Business School and the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department. The duties of the co-directors include scheduling of doctoral courses, setting program policies subject to approval of the Business School and the CSE faculty, working with advisors and doctoral committee chairs to ensure compliance with the program guidelines, resolving disputes, measuring performance of the program over time, and providing the final decision on your admittance.


By the second semester, you will choose an advisor who provides mentoring and guidance in the course of the entire PhD study.

Your advisor will work with you to prepare a program of study in the course work part of the program as well as in the other requirements of the program. Requests to change the advisor must be approved by the co-directors of the PhD program.

Doctoral committee

The advisor and at least three other members form a doctoral committee. The advisor and chair must be a full-time graduate faculty member of the same academic unit as the student.  To foster interdisciplinary work, a student may have co-advisor from the other academic unit of the CSIS program. In addition to the advisor, there will be at least two faculty members from the student’s home academic unit (CSE or IS) and one from the joint academic unit (IS or CSE.) All committee members must be members of the Graduate Faculty.​ The advisor and committee chair can not be the same person.

For business CSIS students, the program co-director must approve the composition of the doctoral committee. The program co-director will consider the expertise of the committee members in the dissertation topic. The program co-director may appoint a committee member to ensure adequate expertise of the committee for the dissertation topic.​

Dissertation Advisory Committee

After selecting a dissertation advisor, the student will choose a Dissertation Advisory Committee in collaboration with his or her dissertation advisor. This committee is subject to approval of the graduate Program Director. Although it is recommended that the Dissertation Advisory Committee be the same as the Dissertation Examination Committee, the two committees need not be identical. The student’s dissertation advisor may not chair the Comprehensive or Dissertation Examination Committees, however, programs are given the flexibility to permit - or prohibit - the student’s advisor to serve as Chair of the Dissertation Advisory Committee.

The Dissertation Advisory Committee will serve an advisory function to the student and dissertation advisor, and will also monitor the student’s progress towards completing the dissertation. The Dissertation Advisory Committee will determine when the student has made sufficient progress to begin writing his or her dissertation.

Committee Chair

The advisor and committee chair cannot be the same person. During comprehensive exams and dissertation defenses, the committee chair coordinates the session. The committee chair  should process and finalize all related forms in accordance to the rules of the  Graduate School.


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