Advising & Registration
A graduate academic advisor's goal is to help you plan your academic career. This includes preparing for registration, resolving academic problems, and offering academic/educational advice. Our expectation is that this will be a collaborative relationship, a shared responsibility between you and your adviser.
- Once you have been admitted, you will be contacted by your assigned advisor.
- Students in the MFT program typically follow a two-year course of study, however you are allotted up to seven years to complete your degree.
- After acceptance, you will receive the plan of study form from your advisor. You and your advisor are expected to determine the plan of study that best suits you using information on the MFT Program Requirements page.
- Once a plan of study has been created and signed by you and your advisor, the advising flag will be lifted to allow you to register for classes.
- For information on graduation advising, see the Application for Graduation page. If you do not fall into the typical two-year format, please meet with your advisor in an individual meeting to complete these forms at least two semesters prior to when you will graduate.
Find details below. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to your advisor.
Responsibility of Advisor
- Help advisees understand the requirements of their programs and to plan appropriately to meet those requirements.
- To assist students with making their own decisions choosing educational and career objectives that commensurate with their interests and abilities.
- To answer questions raised by students and to make them aware of the possible short- and long-range consequences of their choices.
- Help advisees correctly prepare paperwork necessary to meet program requirements, such as course substitutions, waivers, the application for graduation, and the graduation check sheet.
- To be an information source regarding policies and procedures of the MFT Program and the University.
- To be an on-going source of dialogue and advise concerning academic goals, career, and life.
- Maintain a permanent student file (either electronic or hard copy) for each student.
Responsibility of Advisee
- Know the requirements for completing the program, graduation, and other university requirements published on the MFT Program and university websites and/or the University catalog.
- Work with an advisor to develop a curriculum plan which will allow them to stay on track for their planned graduation, recognizing other responsibilities they might have including family and work obligations.
- Contact the assigned advisor when concerns arise. These might include deficiency points that have been earned, when any changes are made such as dropping a course (s), when concerned about grades, or when substituting courses.
- Remember, at the graduate level, professors may not post mid-term grades. If you are having difficulties or you are concerned about your standing in the 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.
- Accept ultimate responsibility for selection of classes that incorporates personal decisions as well as the academic advice given by the advisor.
- Evaluate the MFT advising process and individual academic advisors by completing an advising survey.
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 the 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.
We encourage you to meet with your faculty advisor whenever you are considering making changes to your plan of study or whenever you have questions about the order and availability of coursework. It is your responsibility 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. Click here for more information about registering for classes.
Making Changes to your Plan of Study
Prior to making changes to your plan of study, you must provide your 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 you to meet with or contact your advisor.
- Drop/Add dates and all registration dates are listed in the VSU Academic Calendar.
- Dropping or withdrawing from a course can have an impact on your financial aid. Prior to dropping or withdrawing from a course please talk with your financial advisor. You can drop a class as withdrawal/passing until the midterm; after that, you can only withdraw as withdraw/failing. Click here for information about each of these options.
At the midterm, you should evaluate whether you want to continue in the classes for which you 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.