The student’s graduate studies are generally guided and evaluated most directly by an advisor. The relationship between the advisor and student is extremely important. It is the advisor who acts as the student’s mentor, shaping the student’s values and understanding of research. Thus, the agreement by an advisor and a graduate student to work together must be considered carefully. Both the graduate student and advisor should fully discuss their research goals, their mutual interests, the compatibility of their work habits and personalities, and the career goals of the student.
During your first semester of graduate study you will be assigned an advisor. Check in with your advisor at least once a semester and refer questions about the program, courses you should take, and your proposal to your advisor. If you have any questions regarding the advising process, ask your advisor or contact the coordinator of the HDFS Master’s Program. You can request a change of advisors after getting agreement from another faculty member that they will become your major professor and then informing the HDFS Master’s Program coordinator. This may occur to better match research interests as well as personalities.