No matter what your academic or career goals, you’ll receive support and guidance from your faculty advisor, your program’s director of graduate studies, and many others as you pursue your graduate degree in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Advising & Career Support
Academic advising at the graduate level happens within your graduate program. Each graduate program has a director of graduate studies (DGS) appointed from its faculty. Until you choose a faculty advisor (a process that varies across programs), the DGS will serve in that capacity.
The DGS is also your primary contact for questions about academic procedures, parental accommodation, leaves of absence, and other matters related to your academic program. Most programs also have a staff member (graduate secretary or graduate coordinator) who can provide general information about program requirements, policies, and practices.
As you move through your program, you will choose or be assigned an advisory committee (typically by your second year in the program) and, if you are working toward a Ph.D., a research committee. University Graduate School requirements for these committees appear in the University Graduate School Bulletin.
The College provides career support to graduate students in partnership with the University Graduate School.
If you plan to pursue a career in academia, you should consult your faculty advisor for career-related guidance. If you’re interested in a nonacademic career, the University Graduate School offers career preparation resources, including a subscription to Versatile PhD, an online resource that helps students identify and prepare for work outside of academia.
Some College graduate programs offer students direct assistance with dossier preparation. For students whose programs do not provide this, the College maintains a license to Interfolio, an online dossier storage service for organizing job search materials and recommendation letters. The College’s license provides free accounts to College graduate students, along with a $60 credit toward document delivery.
If you would like an account, ask your program’s DGS to submit a request on your behalf. The request should include your complete name and IU email address. We will then provide a link that will allow you to access your free account.