The Graduate Dean enforces established graduate policy, administers the affairs of the College, and reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Graduate Sub Meet and Confer is consulted on all proposed graduate policy changes at MSU.
The Student Senate and the Graduate Student Association are invited to select a group of graduate students who will serve as an advisory committee to the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
Waiving of Regulation by Petition
Graduate students may petition the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and/or the Graduate Sub-Meet and Confer Unit for waiving of certain regulations based on the existence of extenuating circumstances. Such a petition must be endorsed by the student's advisor before it will be considered.
The Dean of the College of Graduate Studies approves graduate and research faculty status based on the recommendation of the department chair and the college dean as well as a review of their credentials by the graduate committee.
Students are assigned an initial advisor upon admission to a program. Students frequently change advisors after taking some courses and meeting faculty who share their interests. A Change of Advisor form is submitted to the College of Graduate Studies for the change to be effective.
Students are encouraged to work closely with their advisors in:
1. developing a Plan of Study and selecting their courses
2. meeting all departmental and College of Graduate Studies and Research requirements
3. organizing an examining committee (if required)
4. completing the required research course and capstone project
5. arranging for comprehensive examinations (if required)
Non-degree seeking students graduate students are not assigned an advisor. They may, however, seek advice from a member of the faculty.