Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Fall 2018 Orientation & Academic Advising, and Language Placement

Orientation Schedule

It's here! The Orientation schedule!



Students must have each semester's coursework approved by the Graduate Advisor prior to registration. The Graduate Adviser offers students information on fulfilling degree requirements, making adequate progress towards the degree, preparing for the thesis/report/comps/dissertation, academic integrity, among other issues. An integral part of Orientation is meeting with the Graduate Advisor. All incoming students will schedule a one-on-one meeting with their Advisor. MA students schedule your appointment here; Ph.D. students schedule here

Students are expected to complete all necessary Registration forms and Degree Checklists before their appointment. You will need Adobe Reader or Apple Preview to access the forms. All forms must be emailed to Lisa Parisi as typed, digitally-signed PDFs. Scans will not be accepted. DMES forms can be found here. CMES forms can be found here



Leading up to registration each semester, students review their Registration Information Sheet (RIS) to see a synopsis of basic information related to registration, such as access periods. For now, the section at the bottom titled "Registration Bars" is most important, which shows information that might prevent registration. Bars, which come in various forms, block enrollment until a particular issue is addressed, such as unfulfilled admissions bars that are left over the application cycle, financial (tuition, library fines), and fees that might be associated with University Health Services. 


After meeting with the Graduate Advisor and sending your Registration forms to Lisa, you will be cleared for Registration. As you decide between classes, it is best to routinely view your degree requirements (Ph.D. / MA) as well as complete your degree checklist (Ph.D. / MA). Any changes made to your schedule after your advising appointment must once again be approved by the Graduate Advisor and all related forms must be updated and sent to Lisa for your student file. 



The Graduate Coordinator

Lisa, the Graduate Coordinator, handles the administrative side of advising, registration, degree requirements, funding, and employment. Unlike the Graduate Advisor, who is a member of the faculty, she does not weigh in on academic matters or curriculum, this includes course selection. 

**Incoming Ph.D. students are also expected to meet with Lisa to discuss and sign off on their Milestone's agreement prior to being permitted to register. Please schedule your appointment here


Fall 2018 Orientation
August 22, 2018, 9:00 am

August 20, 2018: International Student Orientation
August 23-24, 2018: Ph.D. Cohort Meeting & Advising Appointments
August 23, 2018, 1-4 pm: Language Placement Exams
August 24-27: MA Advising Appointments
August 28, 1-3 pm: TA Orientation 


Schedule Milestone Agreement with Lisa (MELC only)

MELC Schedule Advising Appointment with Grad Advisor

MES Schedule Advising Appointment with Grad Advisor

Registration Information Sheet

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