The Office of Academic Studies:

  • Supports strategic planning, reporting and external relations for all areas of education at VIMS
  • Administers academic policies and procedures for the graduate program
  • Advises graduate students on academic matters and professional development
  • Manages graduate enrollment processes
  • Monitors graduate student progress towards degrees, acceptance and approval of the theses and dissertations, and certifies the successful completion of graduation requirements
  • Updates and maintains key resources for graduate students including the School of Marine Science Graduate Catalog, the Student Handbook, and the Student Reference Guide
  • Assists with the development of new graduate degree options and programs
  • Provides orientation for graduate teaching assistants
  • Offers professional development opportunities for SMS graduate students and faculty
  • Coordinates Commencement activities for the School of Marine Science
  • Manages the course evaluation process
  • Facilitates student employment and payroll processes
  • Administers the process for awarding VIMS Foundation fellowships, and student travel, equipment and research grants
  • Manages graduate tuition payment and waivers
  • Assists international graduate students with the processing of documentation (e.g., visas)
  • Leads school-wide graduate program recruitment efforts
  • Oversees admissions for the graduate program
  • Coordinates Orientation for new SMS students
  • Serves as a resource unit for William & Mary's undergraduate marine science program
  • Facilitates program-level assessment of education and training outcomes with respect to academic program goals and objectives
  • Tracks graduate job placement and alumni career trajectories in support of program review and accreditation