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Graduate advising

Graduate advising is here to help students reach academic and career goals.

Graduate advising resources

The role of your academic adviser is to provide resources to help you achieve academic success in your graduate degree or certificate program, including selecting classes to meet your degree requirements, assisting with course drops or withdrawals, helping you manage your schedule and prepare for graduation, ensuring you understand ASU and Cronkite academic policies and procedures, and serving as a connector to the many resources ASU has available to support you.

Need to complete a form for your adviser? Browse graduate forms here.

Common subjects discussed in graduate advising appointments

  • Course planning for the upcoming term
  • Long-term course planning
  • How to fill out the Interactive Plan of Study (iPOS)
  • Elective requirements
  • Medical/Compassionate withdrawal options
  • Breaking continuous enrollment
  • Academic difficulties, including probation and disqualification
  • Personal concerns

When to contact your adviser

While academic advising is not required for graduate students, students are highly encouraged to check in with your adviser once per semester, and at a minimum once per year.

All Cronkite graduate students, both on-campus and online, are advised by Kathren Sammis. To schedule an appointment with Kathren:

Call: 602-496-5055
Email: kathren.sammis@asu.edu