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Prepare for your drop-in Advising Meeting

All students are expected to come prepared for an academic advising meeting. This includes writing your questions ahead of time, doing preliminary research on your program requirements, and printing out your Advisement Report from Mosaic.

Start With an Academic Advisement Report

MosaicTrack your progress towards graduation based on your academic career, program, plan, subplan, and requirement term data.

How to Get Your Advising Report

Drop in Advising

Drop in Hours: Monday through Thursday: 1:00pm - 3:30pm

If you have questions or concerns that require more in-depth information or assistance, please contact us by calling ext. 23772, by email at or drop-by our office in KTH Room 129 

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 23772
Fax: 905-525-0844

An Academic Advisor will...

  • Inform you about degree requirements and university policies and procedures.

  • Describe course options and useful campus resources.

  • Review your Advisement Report it with you.

  • Help you plan strategies to achieve your academic goals.

  • Be aware of non-academic resources at McMaster (e.g., Student Accessibility Services, Student Wellness Centre, Student Success Centre, etc.).

  • Help you handle any academic difficulty you may encounter.

  • Be a skilled contact in helping you navigate the university.

  • Maintain confidentiality according to established standards.

  • Provide honest assessment and be realistic.

An Academic Advisor cannot...

  • Make your decisions for you; tell you what you should concentrate in or what classes you should take, or plan your schedule for you.

  • Tell you what a “good class” is. What makes a class “good” depends entirely upon your skills, interests, and goals. What’s “good” for one student is not necessarily “good” for another.

  • Be very helpful with specific problems or situations if you wait too long to discuss them. Usually there are more options available to correct or improve a situation the earlier you address it.

  • Provide you with personal counseling. Academic Advisors can only help you deal with the impact of personal issues on your academics.


You are expected to...

  • Prepare a list of questions or concerns before each meeting with your Advisor.

  • Ask questions. If you don't understand a policy or a procedure, ask us.

  • Know the graduation requirements for your program.

  • Review your Advisement Report for accuracy and check it after each new enrolment or course change.

  • Have a McMaster e-mail address and check it frequently for important

    communication from your Faculty office and other offices on campus.

  • Keep the university informed of your most recent address and phone number.

  • Come in to see an Academic Advisor when help is needed rather than wait.

  • Cancel appointments if you are unable to attend.

  • Be aware of the prerequisites for each course that you include in your timetable.

  • Observe academic deadlines (e.g., last day to enrol, Drop and Add dates, etc.).

  • Understand academic performance standards and be aware of GPA requirements for your program.

  • Be responsible for planning a course of study and fulfilling all necessary requirements by accepting ultimate responsibility for your decisions.


You should see your Academic Advisor when...

  • You are interested in changing to a different area of study within the Faculty of Social Sciences.

  • You are considering transferring to a different program within the University.

  • You need assistance because you may be failing a class.

  • You are experiencing personal or academic problems that affect your ability to be successful in your academic endeavors

  • You are seeking information regarding studying at another university for credit at McMaster

  • You have been absent from classes or have missed assignments, tests, or exams.