Upon admission to the program, students will be assigned an interim adviser to guide them through the core courses and assist them as they consider their area of research. All program advisers will have an earned doctorate and be a member of the university’s graduate faculty.
Students may change their interim adviser as their programs of study and interests evolve, if approved by the program director. Although discouraged, some students may wish to switch their area of specialization (changing from the department through which they were initially admitted to the program.) Students who want to change specialization areas must petition the doctoral program director. The petition must be approved by the program director, the D-PAC and the appropriate department chair. There is no guarantee that the applicant will be accepted into the new specialization area.
After successful completion of the comprehensive examinations, students will choose a dissertation chair who will serve as adviser and guide them through their research/dissertation process.