Contact Your Advisor
Graduate programs vary in the way they interact with students. In some cases, all new students may be assigned to the graduate program director as their initial advisor, or they may be assigned or asked to select an advisor from the start. Students enrolled in research programs must select a research mentor/advisor to guide their research. Some departments allow new students to get to know the faculty and their research interests before they have to select an advisor. In other cases, selecting the research advisor is part of the admission process, with applicants pairing up with an advisor and working in his/her lab in their first semester.
Once you determine how your advisor will be selected, you should make contact to learn the best way for you to select the courses for your first semester. Your advisor may help you with course selection or direct you to the program requirements to make your own choices. Some programs require new students to attend an orientation session before they can register.