Advising Resources

Advisors can discuss:

  • Curriculum and degree requirements
  • Individualized concentrations
  • Taking courses at other institutions
  • Maintaining proper academic status within the university
  • Study abroad possibilities

Advisors are assigned by the first letter of students last name. Please review the list below to see your assigned advisor.

Student Last Name Beginning With Primary Advisor Schedule an Appointment
A - G Jessica Shindler Schedule an appointment with Jessica
H - M Aoi Yamanaka Schedule an appointment with Aoi
N - Q Sharron Caldwell

Schedule an appointment with Sharron

R - Z Janet Poirot Schedule an appointment with Janet

If you have questions about financial aid, student accounts, tuition, or other non-academic topics you can get assistance through the Mason Student Services Center (MSSC).


How to schedule an appointment if you are not a current BIS major:

Schedule Your Advising Appointment

1) Click the blue “Schedule Your Advising Appointment!” button above to login to Navigate. Use your Mason Net ID and password.

2) Click the Blue "Get Assistance" Button in the top right corner.

3) Select "Academic Advising".

4) Select "Advising outside your major".

5) Select "Bachelor of Individualized Study" from the list of locations.

8) Select time and date from available options.

IMPORTANT: If you do not see availability that fits your life/school/work schedule, please email to discuss options.

9) Please share what you’d like to discuss during your appointment in the comments box. This helps your advisor be prepared to help you during your appointment.

10) If you’d like to receive a text message reminder 1 hour before your appointment: Select “Send me a text” and add your phone number.

11) Review appointment details.

12) Click submit button.

If you do not receive a confirmation email to your GMU email account, the appointment was not scheduled.

In order to best serve our students we offer virtual appointments via Zoom or in-person on the Fairfax campus. If you have additional questions, please email us at

The BIS office is located on the fourth floor of Enterprise Hall within the School of Integrative Studies. Please make an in-person appointment before arriving at our office. We assist students Monday through Friday during regular business hours. 

Please note that during peak registration times advisors may not be able to accommodate same day appointments.