The following resources supplement the information on graduate advising for Psychology students provided in the Graduate Student Handbook and the handbook for your area.

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Advisor Support

  • The Graduate School encourages all UMN faculty who advise graduate students to have a formal advising statement to share with advisees and provides sample statements from UMN faculty.
  • Training and support resources for advisors include:
  • Many UMN policies govern graduate education. For assistance with interpreting policy or finding relevant policies for a specific scenario, please contact the Associate Director of Graduate Studies.

Advising Tools

Degree Progress & Annual Review


Graduate students are expected to meet the following progress standards to maintain good standing in their program. Faculty concerned about a student’s progress are encouraged to consult with the Area Director, DGS, and/or ADGS, as appropriate to the situation, to identify appropriate next steps. 

Annual Progress Report (APR)

All UMN master’s and PhD students must be reviewed annually and notified of their progress. Psychology uses the electronic workflow maintained by the Graduate School to meet this requirement. Resources are available to support your review: 

Consult with the DGS and ADGS if you have questions or concerns about a student's progress and how it should be documented on the APR. Please especially note the following:

  • Only students continuing in the program past June submit a report. 
  • Address delays to area/department degree progression steps in comments.
  • The primary advisor makes the determination of satisfactory/unsatisfactory progress. The decision cannot be changed once submitted in the system.
  • APRS formally document a student's status in the program and inform whether/how additional disciplinary steps proceed, if appropriate. 
    • Students on probation should receive an unsatisfactory determination unless the APR is documenting improvement for a return to good standing. 
    • If you have significant concerns about a student's progress, it may be appropriate to give an unsatisfactory rating, which could result in further action. 
    • It becomes more difficult to implement consequences if a student has received a satisfactory report despite significant concerns
  • The DGS determines whether a department warning, performance plan, and/or probation are appropriate responses to unsatisfactory progress.

Annual Progress Reports can be stressful for students, even when they are making excellent progress. Please watch for and respond quickly to red flags such as non-responsiveness and disengagement, which may signal student distress. 

GPAS | Graduate Planning & Audit System


Advisors can access GPAS via two paths:

  • MyU>Advisor Center (Key Links dropdown menu).
  • MyU>My Advisees (left navigation bar).

To see the courses from enrollment being applied to degree requirements: After selecting the student's record from your advisee list, select "academic requirements" in the Other Academic Information dropdown menu on the left side of the Student Center tab. Click "expand all" to see fulfilled requirements.

To see the courses from enrollment plus any future coursework the student has planned in GPAS: Click the GPAS link on the left side of the Student Center tab, then click "Plan by My Requirements." Click "expand all" to see fulfilled requirements.


Exceptions are used to modify the requirements and/or the courses meeting specific requirements for an individual student. This creates flexibility within the articulated curriculum (PhD and MA).

In Psychology, advisors, area directors, and the DGS approve exception requests with an email confirmation. Exceptions are currently submitted by the ADGS (preferred) or the student, and applied in the GPAS system by the ADGS. 

Note: Certain courses are always manually applied to requirements. These will be processed by the ADGS without prior approval or notification to align with documented requirements. Example: Requirements to take specific topics in PSY 8960 must be manually processed. 

Planning & Monitoring Coursework Progress

GPAS tracks students’ progress toward coursework requirements but does not automatically support the planning of future courses. Students are expected to review their GPAS each semester to confirm they are on track for timely completion of coursework requirements as communicated by the area and established in consultation with their advisor(s).

Advisors are encouraged to support this process by reviewing advisees’ GPAS and discussing plans for unfulfilled coursework requirements. Step-by-step review instructions are available to support advisors' process.

Planner Review

The primary advisor is responsible for reviewing and approving the student’s coursework in the Graduate Planning and Audit System (GPAS). This is typically done in the spring of a student’s third year in the program. 

Supporting Student Well-Being & Mental Health

Resources for Faculty

Mental Health Advocates (MHA)

MHAs are trained staff and faculty volunteers who serve as resources to students and colleagues about the mental health resources available on campus. MHAs take active steps each month to make positive changes impacting student mental health within their sphere of influence. 

  • Darian Schwietz (, Program Assistant/Area Support for CSPR & PIB 
  • Michael Houlahan (, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Laura Luepke (, Associate Director of Graduate Studies
  • Liza Meredith (mere0032@umn,edu), Assistant Teaching Professor
  • Christina Wiencke (, Associate Director of Curriculum and Instructior

A full list of MHAs is also available; you may consult with any MHA on the list.

Pat Frazier
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS)
N571 EltH | 625-6863
Laura Luepke
Associate Director of Graduate Studies (ADGS)
S243 EltH | 626-3483
Hope Savaria
Graduate Program Support & Event Specialist
S244 EltH | TBD
Heidi Wolff
Curriculum and Graduate Services Specialist
S258 EltH | 624-5002
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