Composition of the Ph.D. Dissertation Committee

The committee consists of a minimum of five members (four for the Urban Systems program), one of whom is external to the student’s Ph.D. program or NJIT. The majority of the committee members are tenured or tenure-track faculty from the student's Ph.D. program or department having research experience or developing research interests related to the student’s dissertation research. The dissertation committee chairperson typically is the student's dissertation advisor. All NJIT members of the dissertation committee are members of NJIT's Graduate Faculty ( The non-NJIT member has either appropriate faculty rank elsewhere or sufficient research expertise to warrant committee membership; former students of any committee member who are less than four years beyond. Ph.D. program completion are excluded from membership.

The doctoral program director and the department chairperson are responsible for approving initially the formation of the student’s dissertation committee. The committee must be approved by the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Faculty before scheduling the student’s Ph.D. proposal defense.