Sources of Advice
There are two sources of International Relations (IR) Department advising for graduate students: (a) the graduate coordinator; and (b) IR faculty.
(a) The graduate coordinator can help students with general course and career planning, MA program planning, department formalities (e.g., proposal for a culminating experience, Graduate Approved Program (GAP) substitutions or revisions, or course transfer evaluations), study abroad, and university rules and regulations and petitions.
(b) IR faculty can provide students with course and career advising. Their value added is that they can give guidance in the specific regional and thematic areas that interest students. In addition, they can aid students in building the network and portfolio which will help them pursue their longer-term career/intellectual goals. IR faculty also are an essential part of the supervising committee for culminating experience projects and will support students’ efforts to develop and execute their culminating experience projects. Given the importance of IR faculty as advisors, students are strongly encouraged to develop an informal mentoring relationship with one or more faculty soon after their first semester in the program.
Every semester: It is to the advantage of students to communicate with the graduate coordinator and/or a faculty advisor at least once a semester about their course and program plans.
Ready to file your Advancement to Candidacy/GAP: Communicate with both the graduate coordinator and a faculty member when you are ready to file your GAP. Towards the end of the second semester in the program (and definitley prior to their third semester), most students should consider filing their GAP.
We recognize that many of our students work and cannot meet face-to-face. The Graduate Coordinator and faculty are always ready to communicate with our students via email or telephone as needed!