University of Minnesota Morris

Master Adviser Program

The Master Advisers Program began in the Fall semester of 2012. The selected advisers who are selected and have earned Master Adviser status play a key role in promoting quality advising and the impact it has on student success on the University of Minnesota, Morris campus. They actively work with other advisers, lead advising related activities within their Disciplines and Divisions, and serve as a consultant for advanced advising issues. The Advising Office support the activities of the Master Advisers by providing materials and facilitating organized activities. Financial support is provided by the Office of the Vice Chancellor and Academic Dean.

The role of the Master Adviser is to serve as an expert on complex advising matters. The Master Adviser does not replace or intercede in the relationship with the assigned adviser and the advisee. The Master Advisers has advanced knowledge of academic and student support programs that allow them to assist students regardless of academic interest or their individual situation. The Master Adviser uses a holistic approach to student success and may provide quality advising support for other advisers or students at times when the assigned faculty adviser is away.

Selection Process

A call for applications for the Master Adviser Program participants begins in February via an announcement from the Dean and Division Chairs. Each division (Science and Mathematics, Humanities, Education, and Social Science) is represented by one Master Adviser. Master advisers serve three year terms.

Candidates submit application materials signed by their Division Chair to Academic Advising by early February where they are reviewed by the Coordinator of Advising and a representative of the scholastic committee. Recommendations for the five finalists are then forwarded to the Academic Dean and Division Chairs for selection/approval. For more information or to apply please see the Master Adviser application and expected competencies.


Master Adviser training begins in March with additional trainings throughout the year so as to accommodate advisers' busy schedules, trainings and meetings are usually held in late afternoons or over the lunch hour.

Advisers who complete training and achieve Master Adviser status are acknowledged at the annual Honors and Awards Ceremony and Campus Assembly.

Basic competencies covered by training modules:

Master Advisers Responsibilities

The names and office locations of the Master Advisers are posted in the Division Offices and other locations to insure that both student and other advisers can make referrals as necessary. Responsibilities include:

Examples of When Advisers Should Utilize Master Advisers

Note: The Master Adviser does not replace the assigned faculty adviser. The Master Adviser’s role is to assist in complex cases and provide support to the faculty adviser when possible. Advisers and students may want to meet together with the Master Adviser for holistic discussions on promoting student success.

Compensation and Term of Service

Funding for the Master Adviser Program is provided by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Deans Office. Master Advisers receive a $2,500 stipend annually and serve 3 year terms.

Current Master Advisers

Master Adviser Archives