Academic Advising for Current MS, MLA, and PhD Students
If you need to make an appointment with an academic advisor, please click this link to sign up for an appointment slot.
Note: only current SEAS Masters and PhD students can use the link above to make an appointment.
If you are a PitE undergraduate student, use this page instead.
If you are looking for admissions information, start here.
Meet the Academic Advisors
- Manages academic advising for both SEAS MS/MLA students and PitE undergraduate students
- Assists SEAS and PitE student organizations with leadership development and semester programming/events
- Is a resource for our student community as they navigate academic and life choices
- Plans, with our student community's input, social, wellness, and academic/professional events
- Advises PhD and Dual Degree students on program requirements and academic progress
- Assists international students with CPT/OPT and I20 extensions
- Assists graduate students with any questions they may have about SEAS, Rackham, or University guidelines and academic processes
- Manages PitE and SEAS Curriculum Planning
Fall 2022 Audit Sheets for Master's students
Audit sheets are forms you can use to track your progress towards the completion of your degree.
Masters Course Lists
These are lists of courses that fulfill SEAS Master's degree requirements.
Graduate Peer Advising
The SEAS Student Center hires current graduate students to provide a student perspective on course registration, changing your Masters specialization, and accessing resources when you need them. Their hours are walk in, no need to make an appointment.
Karen Weldon (she/her) - Karen is a second-year dual degree masters student in SEAS with a specialization in environmental policy and planning, and LSA where she studies international and area studies, focusing on Japanese studies. Karen grew up in Oklahoma but comes to Michigan from Japan where she spent four years teaching English and working in rice production and watershed conservation. As a peer advisor, she's looking forward to meeting SEAS students across specializations and years, and supporting them in getting the most out of their time as graduate students. Karen's newest hobbies are baking sourdough and foraging for mushrooms.
Looking for career advising help? Email SEASfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for funding information and resources? Email SEASemail@example.com or take a look at the funding database.
Have questions about the Masters projects? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Do I have to take EAS 509 - Ecology: Concepts and Applications if I am a Masters student?
A: All MS and 3 year program MLA students have to take EAS 509 unless they test out of the course. Test outs are done in the summer before your first semester in SEAS. 2 year program MLA students do not have to take EAS 509.
Q: Do I have to take EAS 510 - The Science and Practice of Social Change if I am a MS student?
A: If you have a background in a social science, you can take a combination of courses from the Social Science Distribution list that add up to 3 credits instead of taking EAS 510. MLA students do not need to take 510.
Q: I don't see any required courses for the PhD program. Why?
A: PhD students don't have any specific required courses. Instead, you will be tasked with filling out a course of study approval form. As a part of completing that form, you will list relevant graduate-level courses that you took or plan to take. These courses should be listed in emphasis areas of theory, methods and analytics, and applications to show how they contribute to your background. Courses taken as part of the PhD program should be clearly denoted, and one course from each emphasis area must be taken at UM as part of the PhD program.
Q: How are class overrides and waitlists managed?
A: Students interested in enrolling in a course with full enrollment should attend the first class meeting to request permission for an override from the instructor. Instructors can then email Jennifer Taylor with class permission requests. Processing can take 24-48 hours. Some SEAS courses have electronic waitlists. Staff will issue permissions to students on waitlists as seats open up.
Q: How many credits do I need to graduate the Masters programs?
A: The MS program requires 42 credit hours. 25 of the 42 credits must be from EAS courses. The 2 year MLA program requires 36 credits to graduate. 19 of the 36 credits must be from EAS courses. The 3 year MLA program requires 62 credits (including foundational courses). 25 of the 62 credits must be from EAS courses.
Q: If I am an MS student, how soon can I declare a second specialization?
A: The earliest you can declare a second specialization is January of your first year.
Q: Can you advise me on course selection for other departments?
A: Unfortunately, no. The SEAS advising staff do not keep records of requirements for other departments. However, if you are a dual degree student, we will help you get in contact with an academic advisor in your other department.
Q: I want advising from a faculty member. How do I get it?
A: When you were admitted to SEAS, you should have been assigned a faculty advisor. You can get in touch with them through email or going to their office hours. If you don't know who your faculty advisor is, or if you have trouble getting in contact with your faculty advisor, please email email@example.com so we can help.
Q: Do any courses fulfill more than one requirement for the MS degree?
A: Yes! The Social Science Distribution courses and the IAMS courses can also be used to fulfill your specialization core requirements. However, the credits only count once.