PhD Career Services - Advising

Schedule an Advising Appointment

PhD Career Services can help at every state of planning for life after graduate school.  If you are in need of one-on-one help in your career planning or professional development, it might be time to schedule an appointment. 

We have switched to a new scheduling system to schedule appointments. 

Currently enrolled Masters or Ph.D. Students:  Log in to Handshake to schedule an appointment.  After logging in, Select Appointments from the Career Center Tab and choose PhD Career Services under the Category Section.

Postdoctoral scholars:  Send an email to to request access to Handshake.  You will need to include your MSU Net ID, School or College your department is affiliated with, and when your appointment started. Once we’ve created your account you can go directly to Handshake to schedule your appointment.

Alumni and others:  Send an email to us at to request access to Handshake.  You will need to include your MSU Net ID, School or College you graduate from and the year you graduated. Once we’ve created your account you can go directly to Handshake to schedule your appointment.

Need some help? This tutorial will walk you through appointment scheduling in Handshake. 

Eligibility for Advising Services:

  • All currently enrolled graduate students (both masters & PhD) students are eligible, including part-time graduate students.
  • Postdoctoral Scholars/Postdoctoral Fellows
  • Graduates of any MSU Graduate Program are eligible for advising for two calendar years after graduation.
  • Alumni who have graduated more than two years ago should join the MSU Alumni Association where you can accessw a range of resources and services geared toward the experienced job seeker. 

Due to limitations on staffing and resources, PhD Career Services may limit the number of sessions available to individuals.

Current advisors:

Courtney Larson

Courtney Larson - General advising for graduate students, postdocs; resume, cover letter, CV, etc. 

Advising Office:  130 Chittenden