Economics
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dissertation Advisor and Committee Selection

The Dissertation Committee provides guidance and oversight of the student’s dissertation research and writing. Prior to enrolling in dissertation credit, a student must choose a Dissertation Chair. The Dissertation Chair must be an Economics full-time tenure / tenure-track faculty member, and should be someone who specializes in the area in which the student plans to write a dissertation. If a student is having difficulty selecting a Dissertation Chair, the student can seek advice from the PhD Director or complete directed readings (ECON 896) with different faculty members. 

COMMITTEE SIZE:  Doctoral candidates must have a dissertation committee made up of a Chair and at least two other members (Member #1, Member #2). 

COMMITTEE CHAIR: Must be a Mason Economics full-time tenure / tenure-track faculty member. 

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:  Each dissertation committee must have at least two members in addition to the Chair. The Dissertation Chair should be able to assist in the creation of a dissertation committee.

  • Member #1 – must be Mason Economics full-time tenure / tenure-track faculty member
  • Member #2 – may be Mason Economics full-time tenure / tenure-track faculty member OR may be from another Mason department full-time tenure / tenure-track faculty member

Additional committee members may be added by qualified individuals with suitable academic training and research experience, either inside or outside the university.

EXCEPTIONS:  Any exceptions must have the approval of the PhD Director and the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

 

Last updated:  10/25/17

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