Graduate advising

Data Science M.S. students can connect with the Graduate Program Coordinator with any questions or concerns they have regarding the program. Topics can include (but are not limited to):

  • Course selection
  • Program completion steps
  • Academic concerns (such as GPA)
  • Transfer coursework
  • CPT/OPT paperwork
  • Academic form reviews (such as petitions)
  • Faculty advisor selection
  • Plan B project committee selection

Schedule an appointment online

Current University students should schedule their advising appointment online.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all appointments are currently being conducted over Zoom or the phone. Students must have either installed the Zoom for Meetings Desktop App or the Zoom Mobile App in order to attend the virtual appointment. We recommend using the desktop app. Detailed installation instructions can be found on OIT’s website. General Zoom help documentation can be found here.

Drop-in advising hours

Due to recent developments and the University of Minnesota's response to COVID-19, drop-in hours are canceled for the foreseeable future. Staff will be regularly checking email so any questions or concerns can be sent to csgradmn@umn.edu.

Graduate advising and mandated reporting

In the data science program, confidentiality is important to us, and most of your conversations (including email) with staff are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). However, University policy, state, and federal laws place some limits on confidentiality and may require CS&E staff to release information, without your permission, to designated authorities.

We are required to report if you:

  • Report a credible and imminent threat of danger to yourself or another person(s)

  • Report or describe, or we suspect, any physical abuse, neglect, mental injury, or sexual abuse of children within the last three years (this includes the occurrence of abuse or neglect to yourself if you were under age 18 at the time of the abuse)

  • Report sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, relationship violence, and/or related retaliation. In this case, a report will be made to the Office for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, which will reach out to you to share resources for personal support and information about how to initiate an investigation process or other responsive action if you choose.

In the case that we must report, our practice is to notify you either in-person or through email that the information you shared with your advisor has been reported to the EOAA office. If you have any questions, please contact csgradmn@umn.edu .