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Academic advising

Academic advising is a collaborative effort between students, staff and faculty that empowers students to meet their academic goals and achieve their vision of success. Academic advisors are here to help you progress through your degree at Concordia.

Types of academic advisors

As a Concordia student, you have access to program-, department- and faculty-level advising, to make sure you speak to the professors and staff best positioned to give you the right advice.

Academic advice ​can vary — even for students in the same program or faculty. It’s important to connect with your academic advisor to get personalized answers to your questions. Find your main advisor’s contact information in your Student Centre.

Depending on your program, you may also have access to additional advisors who can answer your questions and assist with academic planning.

Each Faculty has a Student Academic Services (SAS) or Undergraduate Student Affairs office staffed with full-time professional advisors.

Faculty-level advisors are “big-picture” academic advisors. They are full-time professional staff, unlike professors, who divide their time between advising, teaching and research. They are experts in the academic rules and regulations that all students in a given faculty need to follow. 

For example: if you are working towards a Bachelor of Arts with a major in psychology, a faculty-level advisor can ensure that you meet all degree requirements as stipulated by the Faculty of Arts and Science, not just the requirements for your major. 

Faculty-level advisors can also advise on a wide range of topics including:

  • General degree requirements (i.e., BA, BAdmin, BEng)
  • Elective courses
  • Transfer credits
  • Faculty-wide regulations
  • Student requests (exceptions to academic regulations)
  • Internal degree transfers and changes in concentration
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Academic options for students facing extenuating circumstances

Advising web pages by faculty

Departmental advisors may be faculty members or administrative staff. They can help with:

  • Course selection and registration
  • Course sequence
  • Program and degree requirements

Contacts by faculty

In some cases, program advisors are also available. Advisors may be faculty members or administrative staff and can help with:

  • Advising for a specific academic program offered by a department
  • Course selection and registration
  • Course sequence
  • Program and degree requirements

Contacts by faculty

Depending on the program you would like to enter, the advisor you should contact may vary. Refer to the Independent Students web page for more information.

Other types of support at Concordia

Career counsellors address all kinds of career questions. What can you do with your degree? How should you start planning for your post-graduate life? 

International Student Advisors help with questions about immigration documents, health insurance, work permits and other issues specific to international students.

Accessibility Advisors work within the Access Centre for Students with Disabilities. They can help students arrange accommodations in response to a variety of barriers, as well as provide counseling on self-advocacy and referral services.

Student mentors, or Welcome Crew Mentors, are available to help first-year undergraduate and graduate students get settled at Concordia.​

There are a variety of options for mental health appointments within Concordia's network of care, including in-person support and tele-counselling. 

Academic advising for graduate students

Academic advice for graduate students varies depending on your program. For an overview of academic advising and suggested contacts by graduate program, see Step 1 – Advising under the Graduate tab in the Registration guide.

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