General Requirements for Doctoral Degrees
The research committee for D.M. and D.M.E. candidates is appointed by the director of graduate studies based on a list submitted by the student. The committee consists of three members from the major field, one of whom acts as chairperson, and except for piano majors, one member from a minor or other outside field. The research director is normally either the chairperson or the outside member, depending on the nature of the topic and the expertise required. The research committee approves the topic proposal, approves the dissertation or final project for defense or public presentation, conducts the defense or public presentation, and approves and grades the dissertation, final project, or piano essay.
The research committee for Ph.D. dissertations is appointed by the dean of the University Graduate School. See the University Graduate School Bulletin at http://www.indiana.edu/~bulletin/iu/gradschool/2012-2013/ for further information on the appointment and constitution of the committee.