Advising is an important part of our programs. Advisors are an important link between the student, the program, and the graduate school and are there to help with any academic related issues. Our GIST advising team members serve primarily as academic advisors, helping with course selection, tracking academic progress, approving Plans of Work, and addressing other academic issues. The Director of Graduate Programs is also always available to assist advisors and students with any issues or to answer any questions.
The primary ways you will interact with your advisor include:
Students are encouraged to reach out to the GIST advising team and their specific advisor using the means most comfortable to them. Don’t hesitate to ask your advisor if they have a preferred method of communication. At least once a semester, your advisor will contact you, typically via email, to inform you of semester deadlines and registration. This is generally a good time to consult with your advisor if you have any questions.
MGIST students are assigned an academic advisor just prior to orientation for the program. The name of the advisor will be communicated via email and will appear in MyPack Portal. Students will also have a chance to meet their advisor in person during orientation.
Students in the Graduate Certificate in GIS program are not assigned specific advisors. Students needing academic advice should contact Dr. Eric Money, the Director of Graduate Programs, or Anju Singh, the Graduate Program Associate. Students will learn more about GIST advising during Orientation.