Academic Advising

Academic Advising Overview

Office of Academic Affairs provides resources and programs to mentor, teach, and guide students in their decision making as they develop their educational and career goals. Admitted undergraduate students should meet regularly with an academic advisor to discuss academic programs, educational goals, and career plans. With their advisors, students plan academic programs to meet the general university degree requirements and specific requirements within their major fields.

George Mason University Korea has appointed staff and faculty members to serve as academic advisors. Students will need to contact their advisors directly by email. Appointment with advisors must be made in advance for the in-person advising session.

Learn more about academic advising from our Academic Advising Syllabus.


Academic Advising Syllabus

1. GMU Korea Advisor Contact Information

Academic Advisor
Full-Time Advisor for All Majors at the Korea campus

Ms. Seunga Seo

Faculty Advisor
Business Advisor at the Korea campus

Prof. Kent Zimmerman

Faculty Advisor
Conflict Analysis and Resolution Advisor at the Korea campus

Prof. Roland Wilson

Faculty Advisor
Economics Advisor at the Fairfax campus

Prof. Jason Dunick*

Faculty Advisor
Global Affairs Advisor at the Fairfax campus

Prof. Lisa Breglia*

Faculty Advisor
Computer Game Design Advisor at the Fairfax campus

Mr. Jeremy Tuohy*

 * Professor Dunick, Professor Breglia, and Mr. Tuohy work at the main campus and are only available through email. 


2. Communicating with an Advisor

Students must use their official MasonLive email account when seeking advising through email. United States federal privacy law and Mason policy require that any communication with a student related in any way to a student's status be conducted using secure Mason systems.

When e-mailing an advisor, please include (a) your first and last names, and (b) your G-number.

Advisors can answer quick questions via email. If your questions require extensive advising and/or in- person assistance, the advisor may request that you schedule an appointment (see “3. Scheduling an Advising Appointment”). Advisors typically respond within two (2) business days.


3. Scheduling an Advising Appointment

To schedule an advising appointment, please email an appropriate advisor with (a) your first and last names, and (b) your G-number. Include any additional details you feel are relevant to your inquiry. When the student requests an advising appointment, he/she will receive a reply back from the advisor confirming the date and time.

Appointments with advisors are scheduled for 30 minutes by default. If you expect to need more time, you should explicitly request extra time with the advisor when scheduling your appointment.


4. Preparing for Your Advising Appointment

  • Write down questions that you have in advance, and bring the questions with you.
  • Bring a pen and paper and be prepared to take notes as needed.
  • Bring any other supportive or necessary documents relevant to your appointment.
  • If preparing for course registration, review your major’s four-year plan and check course availability at Patriot Web, then draft a list of courses and bring the draft with you.


5. Rescheduling or Cancelling an Advising Appointment

Situations may arise that cause you to reschedule or cancel an appointment. If you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, please notify the advisor as soon as practicable prior to your appointment. The advisor will notify you as soon as practicable to cancel/reschedule your appointment.


6. Late Appointment Policy

If you are late to your advising appointment by 10 or more minutes and appear before the conclusion of your scheduled appointment, the advisor may, at his or her own discretion, choose to either advise you, or require you to reschedule your appointment.


7. “No-Show” Policy

If you do not arrive before the conclusion of your scheduled appointment and you did not provide notice to the advisor prior to your appointment, your absence will be marked as “no-show.”

After two (2) “no-shows” during any point in a semester, you will not be able to schedule an appointments during all peak-advising periods of that same semester. Peak advising periods include the weeks immediately both prior to and after the start of a semester, and the final weeks of a semester. Your “no-show” counter will reset to zero (0) at the conclusion of the semester.


8. Advisor and Advisee Responsibilities

What You Can Expect an Advisor to Do

  • Guide, mentor and support as you make academic progress for your degree program.
  • Listen to questions and concerns and assistance in development of decision-making skills, self- evaluation skills, and educational plans.
  • Answer your questions in a timely manner.
  • Effectively communicate Mason’s policies, deadlines, and degree requirements.
  • Refer to appropriate campus resources, organizations, and faculty/staff members as needed to facilitate academic performance and enhance your college experience.
  • Uphold the values, policies, and procedures of their schools, departments, and the
  • Maintain confidentiality of student records.
  • Maintain accurate online records of all advising contacts with students.


What You Are Expected to Do

  • Schedule and attend advising appointments at least once a semester.
  • Review your four-year plan and the courses you will need to register for the upcoming semester and bring the list with you when you come for advising.
  • Familiarize yourself with Mason’s policies, procedures and major options.
  • Read both print and electronic university communication, and respond when needed.
  • Be responsible and reply to advisor’s requests and comments through emails and phone in a timely manner.
  • Review your academic progress every semester using the Degree Works on Patriot Web.
  • Assume responsibility for all decisions and actions that may impact academic options.
  • Be aware of all important dates and deadlines each semester.