Advising Holds

We require all of our students to touch base every semester with the BME Graduate Advisor. At the beginning of every semester, an “advising hold” is put in place that prevents students from registering for classes for the following semester without prior discussion and approval of their course plan by the Graduate Advisor. Students are required to submit the appropriate advising form to the Graduate Advisor each semester. In the advising form, the student summarizes their progress and indicate the classes they wish to enroll in for the subsequent semester. The Graduate Advisor will review the proposed classes and may recommend changes. Upon approval of the advising form, the Graduate Advisor will remove the advising hold on the student’s records, enabling the student to register for classes for the following semester.

For graduate students, a meeting with the Graduate Advisor is not strictly required to have their advising hold removed. If the student has a clear idea about their next steps toward graduation and the courses they need to take the following semester, submitting a complete Advising Form [via Google Forms] is sufficient to have their advising hold removed.

However, if the student has any doubts or concerns about their progress toward graduation, or the classes to take next, they should book an appointment with the Graduate Advisor (see instructions below). Advising appointments are booked via Spartan Connect and held on Zoom.


Advising form

Graduate students should submit their MS BME Advising Form [LINK COMING SOON] before they meet with the Graduate Advisor, even if they are not sure about their plan for the next semester. The Advising Form will give the Graduate Advisor a snapshot of the student's progress.

Students can find detailed instructions on how to complete the Advising form in this video: BME Advising tips: the MS advising form

Your advising hold will be removed as soon as your Advising Form (containing the course plan for the following semester) has been approved by the Graduate Advisor.


Advising appointments (via Spartan Connect)

All advising appointments can be made on Spartan Connect. Please see advising hours below.

(Please follow the link Spartan Connect to make appointments. There is also a Spartan Connect Guide [pdf]  that teaches you how to log in to Spartan Connect and how to create an advising appointment).

If the advising hours available in Spartan Connect conflict with your schedule, please email the Graduate Advisor ( to discuss a different arrangement.

Once you have booked an appointment with the Graduate Advisor, you can join the meeting on Zoom at the scheduled time following this Zoom meeting link:

SJSU authentication is required to log into the Zoom meeting.

To avoid the busiest time of the semester, students are encouraged to submit their advising form and meet with the Graduate Advisor by the end of March.