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Student Handbook

Student Handbook: Advising

HGSE students are advised by multiple individuals throughout their academic journey. The structure of advising varies across degree programs.

Residential Master of Education (Ed.M.) Students 

The Residential Ed.M. program uses a team-based approach to advising that gives students access to three primary advising resources: 

  • Core Program Faculty: A set of faculty members for each Program who are available to meet with students to discuss course selection, career paths, doctoral studies, and topics related to the faculty member’s expertise.
  • HGSE Guides: A set of HGSE staff, doctoral students, and alumni for each Program who are available to meet with students to discuss resources and supports at HGSE and elsewhere at Harvard, career paths, doctoral study, and issues of identify and belonging.  
  • Program and Concentration Staff: Program Assistant Directors and Concentration Coordinators are  available to discuss Program and Concentration requirements, HGSE policies, and student wellness and community.

Students will be contacted by a Core Program Faculty member before each semester and encouraged to schedule an individual meeting to discuss course selection. They may also schedule an individual meeting with a Core Program Faculty member, an HGSE Guide, or a Program staff member at any time through their Program’s advising website. 

Online Master of Education Leadership (Ed.M.) Students 

During their first year in the program, Online Ed.M. students are assigned a designated faculty adviser who is available to discuss course selection, career paths, doctoral studies, and topics related to the faculty member’s expertise. The Program Assistant Director and Program Coordinator are also available to discuss Program and Concentration requirements, HGSE policies, and student wellness and community.
 
Online Ed.M. students who wish to change their assigned faculty adviser should contact the Program Assistant Director to discuss next steps. 

Doctoral (Ed.D., Ph.D., and Ed.L.D.) Students 

Due to the highly personalized research- and practice-based doctoral experience, Ed.D., Ph.D., and Ed.L.D. students have a dedicated faculty adviser to support their learning and professional development. More information about doctoral advising can be found on the Research Doctoral and Doctor of Education Leadership program pages.  

Students in the Ph.D. and Ed.L.D. programs are assigned a designated faculty adviser. Doctoral students who wish to change their assigned faculty adviser may request the change via the Director for Doctoral Studies.