Exams & Defense Committee Membership Policy

Total Number Full Membership Tenure Requirement Outside Member**
Master’s Thesis Defense Three One One Not Required
Preliminary Exam Five*** Three Two Recommended, but optional
Professional Doctorate Project Defense (EDD only) Three*** One Not Required Not Required
Dissertation Defense Five*** Two Two One Mandatory

**Outside member is defined as outside of the program, although some programs may require outside of UIC.

***Chairperson must have full membership (not necessarily tenured).