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Graduate Advising

Academic Advisors

Students majoring in the MS in Computing Security are assigned both an academic advisor, and a faculty advisor. The professional academic advisor guide students though the program’s curriculum, helping them to develop their academic plan.  They do this by taking into consideration program requirements, pre-requisites, and course sequences and availability. They also help students by interpreting institutional policies, referring students to other resources on campus and discussing issues of concern regarding student's academic progress. Students are expected to be responsible for making their own decisions based on the information and advice their advisor offers. Frequent student-advisor contact is a proven factor in student success.

The Graduate Advisor is: Jill Persson (

Scheduling Advising Appointments

The Computing Security Graduate Office, located at Golisano Hall, room 2100, is open Monday-Friday, from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. If you need to schedule an appointment with your advisor (for any reason), the most efficient way to do so is to contact the office at 585-475-2700 or by coming to the office in person and scheduling an appointment with the front office staff. Our advisors have very full schedules and emails sent directly to them asking "when can you meet?" cannot be answered in a timely manner and will result in delays. In an effort to avoid these delays you can only make appointments through our front office staff.

Please note that appointments will not be made for the same day.

Faculty Advisors

Faculty advisors are a resource for the 'big picture' questions for topics like:

  • What should I take as my concentration if I want to work in field XYZ?
  • I really liked course X, where can I go deeper into that?
  • How can I get more coursework on topic ABC?

Your faculty advisor is someone that understands your curriculum from the perspective of the overall content, as well as their own particular content specialty. Students can often learn a great deal by incorporating their faculty advisor into their support structure: sometimes this is the formally 'assigned' faculty advisor, and other times simply a faculty member that students gravitate toward given their particular concentrations. Your faculty members are great resources for discussing career options, major specific electives, and co-op opportunities being a good ‘fit.’  Getting to know your faculty is very important; they have a wealth of knowledge that they love to share.  You also never know when you will need a reference letter for a future job.