The academic advisor provides guidance to students in planning their course lists and in selecting their elective courses in their areas of interest in accordance with the requirements of the curriculum and the relevant academic processes. During registration for the academic semester, the academic advisor for the graduate program evaluates the course list prepared by the student, taking into account the student’s performance in the previous semester; he/she approves the course list if it is acceptable, or asks the student to make some changes to ensure that the list is acceptable. During the course add/drop or withdrawal periods, the advisor considers the student’s requests concerning his/her course list, and approves the changes, if appropriate. The registration process cannot be completed without the approval of the academic advisor. It is important for the academic advisor to be accessible during registration and course add/drop periods to prevent any disruptions in the process.
The academic advisor monitors all processes concerning the requirements of the academic program, including the remedial period, the appointment of a thesis advisor, selection of the thesis/dissertation jury, and the qualifying period; and directs the student as needed.
The academic advisor evaluates petitions the student has submitted on academic issues and refers them to the department, together with his detailed views about the issue.
With regard to his requests and problems on non-academic topics, the advisor refers the student to the relevant service units. In cases of serious illness, psychological disturbance or a disability, the advisor collaborates with relevant units as well as the faculty members in whose classes the students is registered.
The thesis advisor is a full time faculty member or lecturer holding a doctoral degree appointed by the Institute to guide the student in his thesis work. The thesis advisor is in contact and close cooperation with the student’s academic advisor.