The Doctoral Committee establishes standards for acceptable programs of study and serves as the student advisory committee throughout the coursework phase. It develops, administers, and supervises the grading of the written preliminary examination. The Doctoral Committee ceases to be the advisory committee when the candidate has passed the preliminary examination and has a dissertation committee approved by the Graduate School. The dissertation committee then monitors the candidate’s progress directly, while the Doctoral Committee monitors only the enrollment and time limits that apply. In accordance with Graduate School policy, changes in candidate committees are granted upon approval of both old and new committee members.