Graduate Student Advising
Students must have each semester's coursework approved prior to registration. Please submit this form to the Graduate Coordinator, who will remove your advising bar.
In the first semester, part of the advising process for incoming doctoral students is the review of and agreement to the Milestones Agreement. This ensures that doctoral students are aware of the general requirements, expectations, and timeline of the MELC program. Students must sign electronically before being able to register for classes. Milestones will be tracked by the Department and the Graduate School:
- MELC milestones
- Graduate Degree Planner: where students review/sign the agreement and track their progress
- Read more about the Milestones Agreement on the Graduate School's website
MELC: Graduate students in MELC are assigned a faculty mentor at the beginning of their first semester in the program. The mentor provides guidance on academic matters such as course selection and thesis/report topic development. Mentor assignments may change as the student’s interests evolve.
MES: Graduate students in MES are initially advised by the Graduate Coordinator and/or Graduate Adviser. It is the student's responsbility to identify a thesis/report supervisor by the start of the 3rd long semester (thesis option) or 4th long semster (report option).
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The Graduate Coordinator handles all administrative matters related to the graduate programs and assists students with a variety of issues, including admission, registration, degree requirements, funding, and employment. The Graduate Coordinator advises students and faculty on policies and procedures related to the graduate program and serves as a liaison to the Office of Graduate Studies, the Graduate and International Admissions Center, the International Office, Human Resources, and the Registrar, and other offices. In general, the Graduate Coordinator’s office will be the first stop for graduate students with questions or concerns.
The Graduate Advisers offers students further information on fulfilling degree requirements, making adequate progress towards the degree, preparing for the thesis/report/comps/dissertation, academic integrity, among other issues. The Graduate Adviser is the final departmental approver of petitions, exceptions, leave authorizations, and other special requests; therefore, discussing any problems or issues that arise with the adviser is critical for achieving quick and painless resolution. The Graduate Adviser is also the final departmental approver of programs of work (coursework applied to the degree) and graduation applications. Semesterly advising sessions are key to avoiding last-minute surprises or crises.