Search button


Get Social!

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email this page

Dissertation Advisory Committee

After a doctoral student has passed candidacy, a Doctoral Committee/Candidacy Status Form must be submitted and approved to record the change to candidacy status and receive approval of the student's Dissertation Advisory Committee. Also, the Form must be resubmitted and approved anytime changes occur in committee members and/or their roles on the committee.

The Committee must contain the following:

Chair (Graduate Faculty member who is eligible to chair a dissertation committee)

Minimum of four committee members (All must hold a Graduate Faculty or Graduate Faculty Scholar appointment)

  • At least three, and a majority of the committee, must be members of the Graduate Faculty
  • At least one member must be from outside the department (or college, if a college-wide program)
  • At least one member must have served previously on a thesis or dissertation committee that graduated a student, either at UCF or at another accredited institution. If the Chair does not have this experience, another graduate faculty member who has this experience may serve in this role as Vice Chair. Under certain circumstances (see Graduate Faculty and Graduate Faculty Scholars policy), a graduate faculty scholar who has previous committee experience may serve as Vice Chair.

For the policy, see Doctoral Program Policies in the Graduate Catalog.

Form: Doctoral Committee/Candidacy Status Form.

Remember to resubmit this form anytime there are changes to the student's committee.


The University of Central Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Central Florida.

Please note the commission's expectation that contact occur only if there is evidence to support significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard. For other information about UCF’s SACSCOC accreditation, please contact the university's SACSCOC liaison in UCF's Office of Academic Affairs.

| © 2015 University of Central Florida - College of Graduate Studies