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Graduate Advisor and Plan of Study


All graduate students have a departmental graduate advisor and/or a supervising professor (if on a research/thesis track). The advisor(s) will act as the student's curriculum advisor, mentor, and, if appropriate, research advisor who will assist the student in getting started in the degree program with the student’s Plan of Study. Students are encouraged to keep in close contact with their advisor(s) so the stages of coursework and research progression are clear and well known to all involved. Should a student experience academic or other difficulty, he or she should contact his or her advisors(s). 

Plan of Study 

All students should file a plan of study with the appropriate department as early as possible but no later than the start of the second term of study. The plan of study is prepared by the student in consultation with his or her supervising professor or graduate advisors, and should record all courses taken and to be taken to satisfy degree requirements. Students are expected to make satisfactory progress by keeping pace with the plan of study so established. 

Courses in a Major Field

The major field is the program in which a student specializes. Courses in a major field are the courses offered by a program in the field of that degree. Courses in a major field may include both required and elective courses.

Required Courses 

Required courses are the courses specifically identified by a program that students must take to fulfill the requirements for a specific degree.

Elective Courses

These are the non-required courses that students may take for a specific degree program. Elective courses may be inside or outside the major field. 


Registration for courses takes place at announced dates prior to the start of each quarter/term. All active graduate students and newly accepted students will have access to the scheduling booklet online. At this time students can register via DrexelOne for all regular courses, seminars and research.

Updated 10/19/16.