Take advantage of the tools we provide to ensure your success in the program.
- First Year Student Orientation
- Advisor/Advisee Relationship
- Writing and Research Support
- Thesis/Dissertation Guide
- Student Handbook
- Community Forums and Film Screenings
- Student Council
- Special Events
First Year Student Orientation
To assist first year students in successfully transitioning into graduate education, the department hosts an orientation in September. The orientation includes meeting students in other cohorts and professors; information on departmental policies and procedures; and information from the Graduate Studies office.
The advising relationship is a significant element of the doctoral studies process. It is within the advising relationship that students design their academic objectives, understand and complete program requirements, and develop career objectives and goals.
Writing and Research Support
In addition to the services offered by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s Writing and Reading Center, the department offers the opportunity for all students to participate in a writer’s workshop and research support group. The group includes valuable peer feedback on the writing and research process and workshops by staff, faculty, and professional editors.
The Graduate Studies department provides you with a general Thesis Guide. The guide outlines the requirements for the preparation of Master’s Theses and Doctoral Dissertations.
All students receive a student handbook that covers requirements, dissertation information, and other necessary information. If you have any questions that are not answered in the handbook, please contact Ricardo Rosa.
Community Forums and Film Screenings
The department hosts community forums and film screenings on a variety of topics relating to the curriculum. Forums and screenings are designed to foster respectful and critical dialogue between educational leaders, teachers, students, community-based leaders, artists, activists and policy makers. These forums are valuable spaces for students to deepen their knowledge of pressing matters related to education and beyond.
Periodically, the entire student body is consulted regarding matters related to departmental policies and procedures. Meetings are held at least once a year and surveys are distributed to students periodically.
Several events - designed to promote healthy living and provide a space for social interaction and connection - are structured throughout the year.