Graduate students are assigned an advisor at the time of admission. The advisor’s name and phone number are listed on the Admission Recommendation which notifies a student of acceptance into a program. In some cases, the graduate advisor will be changed once a student is fully matriculated into the program. This occurs most often when a research topic is chosen and it is appropriate for a different faculty member to direct that project. The role of the graduate advisor is to:
- Assist the student in the selection of course work for his/her graduate program;
- Evaluate transfer credits as acceptable for meeting requirements;
- Recommend acceptance or rejection of all graduate course work toward the program of study as listed on the student’s Advisor-Approved Program of Study; and
- Advise and assist the student -in completion of all Missouri State University and departmental requirements for degree.
It is extremely important that students have early contact with their advisor and gain advisor approval before registering for classes. The advisor is a key person in helping individuals plan their graduate program, ensuring that classes fit the program, planning an appropriate class sequence, and providing other input that ensures a student is successful in their graduate program. All degree-seeking students must have the advisor complete an electronic release prior to registering via the web, in person, or by fax or mail registration.