Upon accepting a student to the doctoral program, the iSchool will assign a three-member initial committee to advise the student. The committee chair is the student's initial advisor. At any time the student, with the committee members' help and input, may change the make-up of this three-member committee, choosing from among the iSchool faculty. Upon selection and agreement, the committee chair then becomes the student's advisor. If a student's research focus changes significantly during coursework it is reasonable to expect that the committee members might also change.
In advance of the qualifying procedure, the student will add a fourth committee member from outside of the iSchool but from the UT-Austin faculty.
In the process of applying for candidacy the student will add a fifth committee member to what now becomes the Dissertation Committee. Since Dissertation Committee members can be changed only by application to the Graduate School, students should carefully consider their choice of members. Detailed requirements for Dissertation Committee members are available from the Graduate School Website. Dependent on approval from the Graduate School, the fifth committee member may be from the iSchool, another unit at UT-Austin, or another university.