Women & Gender Studies Institute

Advising Process

The potential student’s initial contacts with WGSI are usually with the Graduate Coordinator and the Graduate Administrator. Opening conversations and e-mails focus on whether the student is prepared for the M.A. Program and whether supervision can be provided for the intended area of study. During the application process the conversation continues, usually expanding to involve professors whose research interests are similar to those of the applicant.

Incoming students will be provisionally assigned an Academic Advisor, chosen on the basis of supervisory expertise in the student’s stated area of scholarly interest. Normally, students study with this Advisor throughout the year. Either students or Advisors may initiate a change, if they believe this is in the student’s best interest. Normally, the student and Advisor would have the first conversation about a change. One or both may then approach the Graduate Coordinator for assistance in effecting this change.

In the first weeks of the term, the student will meet with the Academic Advisor to work out the student’s program of study. The student’s MRP will be read and marked by the Advisor, and one other faculty member with an appropriate area of expertise, to be approached by the Advisor after consultation with the student. We recommend that students submit at least one draft of their MRP to the Advisor for comments, before submitting the final version to both readers.