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Academic advising for MSI students is provided by both faculty and staff. It is very important that students take responsibility for their academic planning and meet regularly with their advisors to develop ongoing advisory relationships.
The mission of MSI academic advising is to:
For answers to common advising questions, see our MSI Advising FAQ.
The primary staff advisor for MSI students is Xiao-Wen Zou, senior academic and financial aid advisor. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an appointment.
If you need an academic letter written on official SI letterhead, such as an OPT letter, a letter regarding enrollment status, etc., please send your request to email@example.com. Be sure to include your name, U-M ID number, and the exact information you need included in the letter. Please allow two business days for processing.
Due to the diverse interests of MSI students and the interdisciplinary nature of the MSI program, SI has an open faculty advising system for master's students.
During new-student orientation, students meet with temporarily assigned faculty advisors. After orientation, students are free to see whichever faculty advisor(s) they would like, either by appointment, during office hours, or during the pre-registration advising period each fall and winter term.
To determine which faculty member(s) to see for advising, review the listing of SI faculty to learn which classes they teach, their specialization affiliation, and their research interests. Or ask a staff advisor for a recommendation based on your areas of interest.
As an exception, K-12 School Media program students must see Clinical Assistant Professor Kristin Fontichiaro.
SI Faculty advisors can provide:
The online advising scheduling tool is now open for pre-registration advising appointments! If you are logged in to the Intranet, you can access this tool by clicking on the above link. If you are not logged in to the Intranet, log in, then copy and paste the following URL into your browser: https://intranet.si.umich.edu/StudentAdvise.
Each fall and winter term, SI offers an additional, structured period of advising to facilitate your planning for the following term. While students can seek advising from faculty anytime, during the two weeks prior to the start of online registration for the following term, students will have access to an online scheduling tool to sign up for a 20-minute advising session with one or more faculty members.
Students may also schedule an advising session at any point in the term simply by sending an e-mail message to the faculty advisor requesting an appointment. You can find faculty e-mail addresses in the SI faculty directory.
For additional information and services related to academic advising, please follow the links on the right side of this page.