Master's Degree: Advising

Assignment of Advisory Committee

  • Upon admission to the program, students will be assigned an Graduate Advisory Committee by the Director of Graduate Studies. In making assignments, the Director of Graduate Studies will consider the interests of the student and faculty members and the advisement load of faculty members.
  • Students or faculty may request reassignment at any time by petition to the Director of Graduate Studies, though approval of requests for reassignment is not automatic. The Director of Graduate Studies may reassign students or faculty at any time. In reassigning or responding to a request for reassignment, the Director of Graduate Studies will consider the interests of the student and faculty members and the advisement load of faculty members.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The Graduate Advisory Committee and student should plan, develop, and review a plan of study which will provide course work that fulfills departmental requirements and provides comprehensive professional training.
  • At a minimum, students will meet with their advisory committees annually to review the student’s academic progress toward the degree.
  • Students must petition for course approval or transfer of credit through their advisory committees. Students may not petition to waive, transfer, or substitute any of the core proseminars.
  • The chairperson of the student’s Graduate Advisory Committee is responsible for signing all required forms.
  • Final responsibility for course selection and the meeting of departmental and University Graduate School requirements resides with the student.

Appealing an Advisory Committee’s Decision

In the event a student disagrees with a committee’s decision on matters related to the graduate program, the student may appeal to the Director of Graduate Studies. The burden shall be on the student to show how the course fits into the Ph.D. in Criminal Justice program.