As a department, we place the highest emphasis on graduate student advising. Advisers work individually with their students, overseeing coursework and research. Advisers assist with professional development, something many programs overlook, which includes such written and verbal communication skill, attention to detail, critical analysis, and – if needed – encouragement regarding work habits. Achieving an M.S. degree would mean very little without an increase in professionalism. This important fact is why we require all M.S. students to have an adviser, as detailed below, and give individual attention to our students.