Advising and Class Registration

Once a student has been admitted, they will be contacted by their assigned advisor.  Students in the MFT program typically follow a two-year course of study, however students are allotted up to seven years to complete their degree.  Accepted students are expected to determine the plan of study that best suits them using information on the MFT curriculum page.  Once a plan of study has been created and signed by both the student and advisor, the advising flag will be lifted to allow the student to register for classes.  

Students who plan on going through the program more slowly should contact their faculty advisor and schedule a meeting prior to the day-long MFT Program Orientation. This ensures that students will create a plan of study that meets all graduation requirements.

Once the plan of study is signed by the student, advisors retain the original plan of study form. This form, including all revisions, becomes part of the student file. Copies of the plan of study are given to the student for his or her future reference.

For information on graduation advising, see the Application for Degree page. Students who do not fall into the typical two-year format will meet with their advisors in an individual meeting to complete these forms at least two semesters prior to when they will graduate.

Registering for Classes 

Generally, registration is open during a mid-semester window for about one month then it will reopen a week prior to the first day of classes. To see the specific dates for registration check the VSU Academic calendar and Student Message Board.  Prior to the open registration period, your advisor will lift your advising flag allowing you to register for classes. If your advisor has not received a revised plan of study and a note describing the changes and why they are being made, he or she will assume that your last approved advising plan is in force.

To register, enter the registrars’ registration portal through the Banner Login page. You can also view the schedule of classes offered. For more help registering for classes please see https://www.valdosta.edu/colleges/education/deans-office/online-programs/registration-for-courses.php

Students are encouraged to meet with their faculty advisor whenever they are considering making changes to their Plan of Study or whenever they have questions about the order and availability of coursework.  It is the responsibility of each student to register for the proper coursework, take the appropriate pre-requisites, and meet all graduation requirements.

Be aware that advisors use the plan of study to project class size. When there is more demand for a course than space or enrollment limits allow, students with outdated advising plans will be removed from the course in question.  For more information about registering for classes please see http://www.valdosta.edu/administration/it/applications/sis/

Making Changes to your Plan of Study

Students who make changes to their plan of study are encouraged to meet with their faculty advisor; prior to making changes, they must provide their advisor with the following two items:

  • Revised copy of the plan of study form
  • A brief note/email explaining the proposed changes and how this change may impact your date of graduation.

If your advisor is not aware of alterations to your plan and has not received the items listed above, he or she will assume that your last approved plan of study is in force, and lift your advising flag prior to the open registration period. This frees you to register during open registration periods. Again, the responsibility for your advising plan rests with you, so to prevent costly mistakes, we encourage students to meet with or contact their advisor.

Add/Drop Classes

At the midterm, students should evaluate whether they want to continue in the classes for which they are currently registered. Keep in mind that unlike undergraduate classes, graduate classes do not usually have assignments due by the midterm. To help you decide if you should remain in all of your classes, ask yourself:

Can I reasonably get all of the work done by the end of the semester?
Do I feel comfortable with the material, and do I believe I am gaining mastery over the concepts?

  • Prior to dropping or adding a course, please see your advisor and re-read the section on changing your advising plan
  • If you are having difficulties or if you are concerned about your performance in a class, you should meet with the professor and your advisor prior to the midterm to discuss whether you should drop or withdraw from the course.