The Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research is the administrative officer for all graduate programs and is responsible to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The Graduate Council is the advisory body for the Graduate School. Its members are Graduate Faculty elected by the Graduate Faculty in departments or units offering graduate degrees, the Dean of the Library, and the Graduate Dean, who is the chairperson. The Appeals Committee of the Graduate Council reviews petitions and appeals submitted by students and faculty concerning admissions, retention and suspension of students.
The graduate coordinator for each department is the general advisor for students in the department. The graduate coordinator is responsible for evaluating the credentials under which the student is admitted to that program, designating, when necessary, the courses the student should take to remove deficiencies, rejecting applicants on the basis of unacceptable credentials, and notifying the Graduate School of departmental decisions.
When Colleges/Schools instead of Departments offer degrees, e.g., the Master of Engineering degree in the College of Engineering, Master of Business Administration degree in the College of Business, the college Dean appoints a coordinator to serve as general advisor for all students. While the Major Advisor supervises the student’s program, it is the primary responsibility of the student to know and observe all pertinent regulations in order to meet all of the requirements for the degree sought.