Until a student has decided upon a supervisor, the Graduate Chair or his/her named deputy will oversee that student's progress. Once a student and supervisor have agreed on a supervision and the proposed thesis topic has received the approval of the Graduate Committee, that supervisor becomes the student's advisor in the department.
Students intending to write a thesis in military history under the supervision of an RMC staff member will be required to have dual thesis supervision - one adviser from RMC and one adviser from the Queen's History Department. The Queen's History Department will bear the ultimate responsibility for the supervision of the thesis. Similar arrangements will be made for students wishing to have a dual supervisor at another university (e.g. under the Trent/Queen's cooperative agreement).
Thesis supervisors will report on the exact status of each thesis student they are supervising as of 1 May each year. The Graduate Chair will provide a form for this report which will ask for the current state of progress, the schedule for completion (with precise milestones), and the reason for any changes in the scheduling.