School of Dental Medicine Policy
Postdoctoral and Graduate Students
A candidate for the MS, MSD, DSc, DScD, or PhD degree is required to have an advisor, a member of the faculty in the department of the major field. The research advisor is always the first reader of the MS, MSD, DSc, or DScD thesis/PhD dissertation. Under certain circumstances, a special faculty appointee may serve as first reader. When the first reader/research advisor has only a special faculty appointment in the School, then the second reader of the thesis/dissertation must be, at a minimum, a full-time faculty member of the major department or program. If an advisor is not assigned in advance of registration, the student should consult the departmental chair about assignment procedures.