Faculty Advising

Dr. Willis and Dr. Wilson
Dr. Willis and Dr. Wilson

Faculty Advising for MA/PhD Students

Faculty advisors are randomly assigned (though equity by faculty rank remains a consideration). The Faculty Advisor will serve as a point of contact for the student, someone who may fall outside of the student’s stated interests and thus, who traditionally the student may not interact with much.

Faculty advisors should assist both MA and PhD students primarily with questions about academic topics, such as which courses to take. However, Faculty Advisors can also offer advice on other topics, such as how to develop a timeline for thesis completion or MAP, and which area of study is best suited to their goals. Faculty Advisors should also be available to provide career advice about the various opportunities available to students post-graduation, the skills they should focus on for a particular goal or career track, and/or how the job market works for academic and non-academic careers.

Students and faculty are encouraged to meet for advising sessions at least once per year.

*As a degree-seeking student at Mason, you are responsible for knowing the requirements for your degree program and making sure that you are meeting these in order to finish your degree in a timely manner.  Your Faculty Advisor, the Graduate Program Coordinator, and the Director of Graduate Programs are all available to provide guidance as you pursue your degree.

Faculty Advising for MS/BAM Students

Please note that there is a distinction between your Faculty Advisor and your Academic Advisor (Brielle Manovich). Primarily, your Faculty Advisor is for assistance with issues you would like advice on, such as career-related questions and ideas, advice about which electives to take, etc. However, Brielle is the best person to contact for questions about MS-specific policies, degree requirements and overall progress, and administrative issues.

You should meet with your faculty advisor if/for:

  • experiencing problems in your courses or with a specific instructor
  • career issues/ideas
  • guidance on research being conducted in a specific area
  • networking/making connections

Students and faculty are encouraged to meet for faculty advising sessions at least once per year. Students are encouraged to meet with Brielle for academic advising prior to every registration period.

*As a degree-seeking student at Mason, you are responsible for knowing the requirements for your degree program and making sure that you are meeting these in order to finish your degree in a timely manner. The Graduate Program Coordinator, who is the assigned academic advisor for all MS/BAM students, is available to provide guidance as you pursue your degree.