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Master's thesis committee

When a thesis is required for a master's degree, the student must submit a Request for Thesis Committee form (M2) or, if the student is in a dual master’s program, a Request for Dual Master’s Thesis Committees form (DM2) for approval by the program's director of graduate studies and the Graduate School by the end of the student's second semester.

A thesis committee is composed of three members of the MU faculty: a major adviser from the academic program; a second reader from the academic program; and an outside reader who is a member of the graduate faculty from a different MU graduate program. For lists of graduate faculty in each degree program, refer to the appropriate department/program in the MU Catalog.

Approval of a non-MU faculty member

Upon approval of the academic program's director of graduate studies, the student may petition the Graduate School to allow a person who is not a member of the MU graduate faculty to serve as the third reader.

The petition should include a written justification for such a request and a copy of the person's curriculum vitae. The Graduate School maintains copies of curricula vitae previously received and approved, and if such a request is anticipated, the student should contact the Graduate School to see if the curriculum vitae of a particular person is already on file.

Changes to the committee

Changes to the committee must be submitted on the Change of Committee form.