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Graduate Advising

The Graduate Program Handbooks and FAQs outline key information about graduate studies. Graduate Advisors are essential resources for answering questions and providing advice about degree program requirements, the application process, plans of study and course enrollment.

Students should meet with a Graduate Advisor at least once per year to plan their coursework and track their progress toward satisfying degree requirements. Please make appointments by email and contact the advisor in advance if you need to cancel.

Once a master's student completing an Applied Project or Thesis or a doctoral student has chosen a committee chair, that faculty member becomes a key source of scholarly and professional advice. To make good progress, students should keep in close contact with their chair as well as their Graduate Advisor.

Students and potential students can always reach out to Graduate Advisors with program-related questions. Anyone unsure which advisor to contact can email a question to

Graduate Advisors

Kira Assad, Senior Program Manager
RBHL 125, (480) 965-7454
Email for appointment:
Advising: PhD programs, Funding, Graduate Certificates

Elizabeth Downs, Program Manager
RBHL 126, (480) 727-3133
Email for appointment:
Advising: MTESOL Online and MAS Film and Media Studies

Justin Petropoulos, Program Manager
RBHL 152, (480) 727-9130
Email for appointment:
Advising: MFA Creative Writing, Accelerated BA English (Creative Writing) to MA English (Creative Writing), MFA Funding

Ella Burrus, Academic Success Advising Coordinator
RBHL 124, (480) 965-8076
Email for appointment:
Advising: MA English (English Studies) online

Samantha Franze, Academic Success Advising Coordinator
RBHL 139, (480) 727-3135
Email for appointment:
Advising: MTESOL (Tempe), MA programs (Tempe), Accelerated Programs