Academic Advising

Academic Advising for MA Students

Consult the Global Affairs Graduate Program Coordinator for questions related to administrative concerns such as:

  • Issuing Global Affairs core course overrides
  • Answering questions related to degree progress (meeting requirements) and any issues with how courses are displayed in your degree evaluation

You can schedule an appointment with the Graduate Program Coordinator by sending an email to

Consult your faculty advisor for help with:

  • Discussing any academic challenges you are facing, such as in your writing
  • Identifying your MA specialization
  • Research and professional development

Who is my faculty advisor?

Find your faculty advisor based on the first letter of your last name:

  • A – F: Dr. Yasemin Ipek
  • G – L: Dr. Matthew West
  • M – R: Dr. Niklas Hultin
  • S – Z: Dr. Byunghwan Son

To schedule an appointment with your faculty advisor, follow these steps:

  1. Go to and login with your NetID and password.
  2. Click on “Get Assistance."
  3. Choose "Academic Advising" as your appointment type.
  4. Select “College of Humanities and Social Sciences" as your college from the drop-down menu.
  5. Hit “next” and confirm the location as “Buchanan Hall 215” before selecting the appropriate faculty advisor (e.g. GLOA MA faculty advising last names_ ) from the drop-down menu. 

Note that all GLOA MA faculty advisor offices are located in Buchanan Hall 215. You will need to identify the day/time you would like to meet with your assigned faculty advisor based on their availability. 

How to Check your Degree Evaluation

Along with advisor consultation, all students must track their progress through the online degree evaluation, Degree Works, in Patriot Web. The degree evaluation is the audit maintained by the Registrar's Office which tracks course completion. It should be checked each semester before and after registration to ensure that enrolled courses are meeting requirements. 

Secondary Graduate Certificate

Students may be enrolled in one graduate certificate program while they pursue a master's degree.

Please look here for the Graduate Secondary Certificate Program Application.

Sharing of Credits between Global Affairs MA Program and Graduate Certificate:

  • 15 credit graduate certificate: Double count 6 credits
  • 18 credit or more graduate certificate: Double count 9 credits