Geospatial Information Science and Technology - Online and Distance Education

Geospatial Information Science and Technology


GIST Advising

Advising is an important part of our programs. Advisors are an important link between the student, the program, and the graduate school and are there to help with any academic related issues. Our GIST advising team members serve primarily as academic advisors, helping with course selection, tracking academic progress, approving Plans of Work, and addressing other academic issues. The Director of Graduate Programs is also always available to assist advisors and students with any issues or to answer any questions.

The primary ways you will interact with your advisor include:

  • Email discussions
  • Face-to-face meetings (if possible)
  • Telephone
  • Online chat (such as Google Hangouts, Skype, etc.)

Students are encouraged to reach out to the GIST advising team and their specific advisor using the means most comfortable to them. Don’t hesitate to ask your advisor if they have a preferred method of communication. At least once a semester, your advisor will contact you, typically via email, to inform you of semester deadlines and registration. This is generally a good time to consult with your advisor if you have any questions.

Advising Holds

Students receive an automatic advising hold in MyPack Portal prior to the opening of each semester’s registration period (mid-March for Fall registration and mid-October for Spring registration). All students will receive an email from the program and/or advisor informing them of the process for removing the advising hold each semester.

MGIST Student Advisors

MGIST students are assigned an academic advisor just prior to orientation for the program. The name of the advisor will be communicated via email and will appear in MyPack Portal. Students will also have a chance to meet their advisor in person during orientation.