A dissertation committee shall include a minimum of three members. At least three committee members should hold a doctorate or an appropriate terminal degree for the discipline, and at least two shall be full-time Northeastern University faculty.

The chair of the dissertation committee shall be a full-time tenured or tenure-track member of the faculty of Northeastern and will hold a doctorate or an appropriate terminal degree for the discipline.

Research and teaching faculty may serve as the chair of the dissertation committee with departmental approval. In this case, at least two members of the committee must be tenured or tenure-track full-time Northeastern faculty.

Exceptions to this policy may be granted by the dean (or designee) based on the qualifications and experience of the faculty member who would serve as chair.