2023-2024 Graduate Academic Catalog

Academic Advising

Academic advising is a high priority at Lesley University. Each graduate student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), Lesley Art and Design (LA+D), Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences (GSASS) and the Graduate School of Education (GSOE) has access to a program-affiliated advising team consisting of an academic advisor and/or a faculty advisor.

Academic advisors are professional advisors assigned to each program. They are responsible for the coordination of academic advising and overseeing the delivery of services to all GSASS and GSOE students. GSASS requires and GSOE strongly urges each student, upon acceptance into a program of study, to initiate contact with their assistant or associate director to begin the process of academic advising and program planning. Assistant and associate directors can answer questions regarding university policies, registration procedures, course sequencing, choice of electives, and Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) requirements for education licensure programs. They also serve as liaisons between students and university support offices on the Lesley campus.

IN CLAS, MSW students are assigned a professional advisor from the Lesley University advising office to assist with registration and course progression. In addition, MSW students are assigned a faculty mentor from the MSW program. These faculty will be available to their assigned students to discuss topics such as: which electives will benefit them and their social work interests; applying for jobs after graduation; and licensure. In LA+D, students in the MFA in Visual Arts program work directly with a faculty advisor on their individually tailored research and academics

Students are required to schedule an appointment with their faculty advisor early in the program and to keep in contact on a regular basis.

Names and contact information for faculty advisors, professional advisors, assistant and associate directors are available through the Self-Service portal. Students should initiate contact with a professional advisor, assistant or associate directors and faculty advisors on a regular basis and make use of the supports and resources the University offers.

Although advisors offer advice and counsel, students should read carefully through all materials regarding grading, academic integrity, and related policies. It's important that they keep a constant check on their programmatic requirements and academic progress, and that they make use of all the supports and resources the University has to offer.