Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. Higher Education


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Tinnin, Drew

Committee Member 1

McCombs, Tyrone

Committee Member 2

Walpole, MaryBeth


Academic Advising, Graduate Student, Master's Degree


Faculty advisors; Rowan University--Graduate Students


Higher Education


The goal of this study was to analyze how graduate students perceive their own academic success in their degree programs, and how that success is related to their experience with their academic advisors. This quantitative study consisted of a 16 question Likert scale survey and was sent to 1,258 graduate students at Rowan University. The students invited to participate in this survey were in degree programs from various Rowan University academic colleges. The purpose of this thesis is to review how important academic advising is to graduate student mentalities at Rowan University regarding their own success academically. There has been a vast amount of research conducted on the graduate student population and the importance of academic advising field (Green, 2016; Applegate, 2012; Miller & Newman, 1996). However, there is minimal research that focuses on the graduate student perspective of academic advising, and how academic advising impacts their own success educationally. The results of this study will be shared with the Department of Graduate Studies at Rowan University to provide insight into the graduate student perceptions regarding academic advising and how the population believes advising impacts their success.