Degree Planner


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Choose a Research Advisor

When a new post-undergraduate student or graduate student enters our program, that student should choose an Academic Advisor, who will assist and guide the student in course selection and other academic matters. This academic advisor may remain the student's Academic Advisor throughout their degree program, or the student may select a new Academic Advisor at some later date.

When a graduate student is ready to perform research leading toward a Master's thesis or Ph.D. dissertation, that student must also select a Thesis or Dissertation Advisor. This process may begin with the student taking one or more courses with a particular professor, or may follow some other route, but it is always a mutual decision between the student and the Thesis / Dissertation Advisor. The Thesis / Dissertation Advisor may or may not be the same person as the Academic Advisor, although the same person usually fills both roles.

If you are a new post-undergraduate student or graduate student, please examine the web pages that describe our Faculty and Research Areas, and see if there is one person that you feel might best suit you as an initial Academic Advisor. Then complete the Academic Advisor Selection Form, obtain your advisor's signature, and return to the Graduate Secretary.


Advisor Selection and Master's Plan of Work (PDF)


Advisor Selection and Doctoral Plan of Work (PDF)

Other Important Deadlines

Please plan in advance to avoid any potential conflicts in terms of timing, committee members, etc. Please also note from our grad web page: Forms and Guidelines