Our program is largely self-directed, which means that under normal circumstances you can proceed through the program without consulting or seeking permission from an advisor. Exceptions to those normal circumstances are listed in the various sections of these web pages, and include such things as registering for consortium classes or obtaining approval to take non-economics classes.

With respect to advising, there are both formal and informal channels available to you. For formal advising, the Graduate Coordinator and your respective program directors are available. For advanced students who are writing theses or dissertations, your supervisor becomes your primary formal advisor, though the Graduate Coordinator is always available.

A good deal of advising proceeds informally. These informal channels include other students who typically are the best sources of information about courses and professors and faculty members with whom you have established a working relationship.

In all cases, you should remember that you know better than anyone else what you want to accomplish or at least you should; moreover, you are the person who will bear most directly the consequences of whatever advice you receive or choices you make.

The Economics Graduate Studies Office (  is always available to address questions about policies and procedures.

ACADEMIC ADVISING is available virtually, in-person, or via email.  

Virtual or in-person advising appointments:
Must be scheduled in advance.  Email using your Mason email account (all University personnel are required to communicate only via Mason email) to request an appointment.  Please include "Advising requested" in your subject line.

Email Advising Questions:
Email using your Mason email account (all University personnel are required to communicate only via Mason email).  Please include a subject line that accurately indicates your question.  We prioritize based on subject lines and date received.