Advisory Session

On this page, you will find information about the Advisory Session from graduate students who have been through it.

The Advisory Session is a panel discussion with four faculty members chosen by the Graduate Program Director with your input. It exists to help a person doing the MA / PhD track "pass" from one degree to the next and is therefore supposed to be completed by the end of your fourth semester. Not everyone has to do an Advisory Session. Only people earning their Masters at UMass and then going on for the PhD need to do it. People who come in as a PhD student do not have an Advisory Session.

For the session, you are asked to submit two seminar papers and a five-page paper to each of your advisors. How to choose your papers and what you should write in your five-page paper is a matter of some debate. Below are some experiences that will hopefully clarify what you can expect of the Advisory Session.

Student Experiences

Ann's Advisory Session
Topic: Renaissance Drama

Sarah's Advisory Session
Topic: Rhetoric and Composition - Social Justice and Service Learning

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