Admitted Students: Advising/ Orientation

Each graduate program has a designated GPC and/ faculty adviser. Students are encouraged to seek academic advisement with their graduate faculty advisor on a regular basis. Graduate faculty advisers provide students with assistance in developing a plan for graduate study, and choosing appropriate courses that follow the program curriculum, as well as discussing career options and alternatives after graduation.

The analysis of Academic Progress is available to graduate students via WESS (Web Enrollment Services for Students) on the Montclair State University web page. Graduate students upon admission to their graduate program (master’s, doctoral, teacher certification or certificate programs) can find detailed information regarding their program’s academic requirements including prerequisites, courses and culminating activity (i.e. Master’s Thesis, Comprehensive Exam). The Analysis of Academic Progress will also analyze a student’s progress toward completion of their academic program by comparing the courses appearing on the student’s transcript against the program’s requirements. Transfer credit, course substitutions, course waivers, and completion of non-course requirements will also be reflected in the analysis. This system is also used by the Registrar’s Office to verify that a student has completed all requirements and is eligible to graduate. Graduate students are encouraged to use the WESS Analysis of Academic Progress to review their program requirements, select courses and prepare for advising sessions with their graduate faculty advisor.

The Office of Residential Education & Services provides limited housing for graduate students in The Village and Russ Hall. To apply for on-campus housing, students must contact the Office of Residential Education & Services.
Location: Bohn Hall, Room 411, down the stairs to the left of the Main entrance.
Phone: (973) 655-5188 or (973) 655-5189

Each fall and spring semester, The The Graduate School hosts a University-wide orientation for new graduate students. This gives students the opportunity to get acclimated to the MSU campus, services, faculty, and administrators. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and build relationships through workshops, roundtables, and panel sessions. For more information on orientations, please contact

Along with their letter of admission to a graduate program, each newly admitted graduate student will receive a brochure entitled "Important Information for New Students." All graduate students are responsible for reading this brochure and acting on the necessary policies and procedures it contains.