Departmental Advising

Undergraduate and graduate students in Communicative Disorders and Sciences are strongly encouraged to meet with their faculty advisors, as needed.  These meetings will provide you with an opportunity to plan your courses and discuss your degree progress. 


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree Advising

General Advising

For questions about course planning (outside of CDS), registration, student forms and petitions, SJSU resources, and anything not related to the department/CDS, please visit the Lurie College of Education's Student Success Center (SSC) at

Lurie College of Education's Student Success Center (SSC)

Within-Major Advising

Within the CDS department, undergraduate student advising is provided by Marcella McCollum. Please be prepared to provide official or unofficial transcript(s) from all your prior colleges and universities and a Change of Major form if applicable.

Click this link to schedule a meeting with Marcella: https://forms.gle/t2nZTYjJdR8uqABH9


Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree Advising

Graduate students are advised by tenured or tenure-track faculty advisors, assigned to each student on entry into their first semester in the graduate program. Faculty advisors have regular office hours during Fall and Spring semesters of the academic year.

General programmatic questions, feedback, or concerns from undergraduate and graduate students also may be communicated directly to CDS Chair, Dr. Nidhi Mahendra, via email, office hour visits, or scheduled meetings.