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Advising for M.S. Students

New Students 

All new students should attend the departmental group advising before the start of Fall semester. A three member temporary advising committee can be set up if needed. This committee will serve for additional advisory needs until such time as a major professor has been selected and agreed to serve. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange the meeting of this committee. 

After a major professor has accepted a student, it is their joint responsibility to notify the Graduate Coordinator and to select an Advisory Committee. 

M.S. student committees

The major professor (who must be a member or provisional member of the graduate faculty) plus two additional faculty members, at least one of whom must be a member or provisional member of the graduate faculty, form the Advisory Committee and are appointed officially on a Graduate School form. Only faculty members of Assistant Professor rank or above may serve on an advisory committee. The Advisory Committee plans and approves the program of study, reads and approves the thesis and administers the final examination. 

Advising Requirements

Each student is required to meet with his/her Advisory Committee at least once each academic year to discuss progress toward the degree objective (please notify Graduate Coordinator Assistant of meeting date). These meetings are important! From the student’s point of view, the meeting provides an opportunity for additional insights and advice on the research project. From the committee’s point of view, the meeting allows them to have input at the early stages of the research project, rather than being faced with problems in the completed project. To meet these objectives, the student is required to present a summary of research accomplished and have appropriate data on hand for examination by committee members. It is departmental policy that assistantship support will be withheld from graduate students who fail to meet with their Advisory Committees at least once during each academic year. It is important that the meeting occur during the academic year because most faculty are on 9 month appointments and may not be available during the summer. 

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