The advisor must be a member of the graduate faculty and is responsible for helping to organize the graduate student’s program and course load (along with the program director), coordinating the student’s coursework and research activities, advising the student on approaches for conducting their research project, promoting effective writing and oral communication, and monitoring the student’s progress. The advisor shares the responsibility for planning the research with the student. In addition, the advisor chairs all committees set up to plan, review, assess and examine the student’s progress through the program. Successful completion of the program is dependent on a close working relationship between the graduate student and the advisor.
The graduate student-advisor relationship is established by mutual consent between the student and the selected graduate faculty member. The relationship must be formalized by written approval from the GSC. Ideally, the advisor should be experienced in conducting graduate research, have expertise in the research area, and be able to guide the student to successful completion of the project. Immediately after matriculation, the student’s program director will serve as an advisor to assist the student in selecting courses and in pursuing possible areas of research interest. However, the student should select a formal advisor before the end of the second semester in the program. The advisor must be a member of the program’s Graduate Faculty. If there is a subsequent change of advisor, this must be approved by the GSC and the student’s clinical program director. In consultation with the student, the advisor will select an appropriate group of graduate faculty members to serve on their Master’s Examination Committee.