College of Science

Guidelines for Change of Advisor and/or Committee Members

If your advisor is no longer able to advise you due to retirement or any other reason, please contact the graduate coordinator before you switch to a new advisor to make sure you will have smooth transition to the new advisor.

If you choose to change your advisor, you may need to retake at least the required units of CS 691 if you haven't completed the proposal yet. Even if you have completed the proposal with the previous advisor, your new advisor may require you to take CS 691 again for working on the new proposal. Bottom line, you need letter grade(s) (not SP, nor RP) on CS 691. For CS 695, you should take at least 2 units of CS 695 with the new advisor for completion of the project. For CS 696, you should take at least 4 units of CS 696 with the new advisor for completion of the thesis.

We advise you to contact the graduate coordinator before you switch to a new advisor. Once you switch to a new advisor, you have to inform the graduate coordinator the name of your new advisor immediately.

If you would change a committee member, you need to contact your advisor first. Your advisor and the other committee member must agree on the formation of the new committee. Inform the graduate coordinator once a new committee member is chosen.

If the new committee is formed after you have completed CS 691, you must submit to the graduate coordinator a copy of your proposal with the names and signatures of your new committee.