Welcome to the Graduate Studies Advising Center!

Your academic advisor is available to assist you with successfully navigating graduate school.  Your advisor can help in resolving unforeseen issues, overcoming academic probation, or by connecting to campus and external resources. ​

Academic Advising and Faculty Advising: what is the difference?

Academic advising is a partnership between the student, college, and faculty advisor.  Students should work with both – their academic and faculty advisors for guidance in satisfying all degree requirements and timely degree completion. 

Academic Advising

Academic advisors assist students with understanding their program plan, academic policies and procedures, key university dates (i.e., term start, add/drop deadlines, degree conferral deadlines, etc.)

When should I meet with my academic advisor?

  • At the beginning of your program to review your program plan
  • During course registration periods to select and sign up for classes in a future semester
  • Discuss Satisfactory Academic Progress and Maximum Timeframe
  • Discuss add, drop, and course repeat policies
  • Discuss issues of academic warning, academic probation, academic dismissal, withdrawing, requesting a leave of absence
  • Degree audits and to review graduation eligibility

Faculty Advising

Faculty advisors assist students with understanding pedagogy and course sequencing. 

When should I meet with my faculty advisor?

  • At the beginning of your program to review your program plan
  • Declaring a specialization or certification to your program of study
  • Discuss specific courses and requirements for the program
  • Review Department of Research course sequencing, advanced-research methods, and selecting a dissertation topic.
  • Advisement on forming a committee for dissertation, essays, or a master's project/thesis

 Frequently Asked Questions

I want to discuss transfer credits for previous graduate-level work completed – Faculty Advisor

Who can help me plan my courses? – Faculty Advisor, Academic Advisor

Who can assist me with registering for courses? Academic Advisor

I have a hold on my student account, who can assist me? Academic Advisor

Am I on track to graduate? Academic Advisor

What happens if I drop or have to repeat a course? Academic Advisor

I am interested in taking a leave of absence, who do I go to? Faculty Advisor, Academic Advisor

 Contact Us

Academi​c Advising
​@saybrook.edu ​

​Student Support Line:

Jeff Spain
Academic Advisor, College of Social Sciences
Schedule an Appointment with Jeff​
Karla Camacho-Godoy
Academic Advisor, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences
Schedule an Appointment with Karla