Initial Support—Newly-admitted students receive initial support for enrollment and course planning from the Program Coordinator. The student’s special area or option will determine which member of the Graduate Faculty will provide initial advisement support. For those in thesis tracks, the lead instructor for the specialty will provide advisory support. For student in non-thesis options, the Department Chair will consult with the lead instructor in the special area, who will assist the students in determining a thesis advisor. New students in non-thesis options will receive advisement support from both the Program Coordinator and either the Department Chair or the Director’s designee from the Graduate Faculty.
Faculty Advisor and Advisory Committee
Thesis students—With approval of the lead instructor in the chosen discipline and before the end of the first year, the M.S/Thesis student will select a major advisor to direct the student’s graduate program. The major advisor will assist the student in mapping out a Plan of Study for completion of the degree and in determining an appropriate area for research. Before beginning the research project, the student will consult with the major advisor to establish an advisory committee consisting of at least three faculty members, although clinical or basic sciences faculty or outside experts may be added. This committee must have the approval of the Program Director, the Forensic Sciences Graduate Faculty Committee, and the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. The major advisor, who usually chairs the advisory committee, has ultimate responsibility for monitoring the integrity and progress of the student’s program.
Non-thesis students—For those pursuing optionsForensic Science Administration and Forensic Document Examination, the Department Chair will designate a Graduate Faculty member to serve as the advisor and as the advisory committee chair. The advisory committee will also consist of two graduate faculty members and at least one adjunct faculty member from the Forensic Sciences Department. The advisor will consult with the student on enrollment and the Plan of Study. The main purpose of the advisory committee will be to review and assess the student’s performance on the Comprehensive Exam and to review and approve the research project.