Our mission is to provide our students with the most accurate and timely information as it pertains to their academic success.  We are always happy to meet with our students and encourage them to make an appointment to speak with an advisor at least once per semester.

Our office is committed to responding to student inquiries within 24-business hours. If you need to come by our office, click here for our address and directions. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am. – 5:00pm. 

Contact Your Primary Academic Advisor regarding any course registration, course selection, course permissions, course substitution/approval, and 10-course curriculum planning needs.

Your Primary Academic Advisor

In Transition - Please contact Sonja Dietrich, listed below, with all inquiries.


In addition to discussing course and curriculum needs with your senior academic advisor, our office is here to support you throughout your graduate studies. As such, for other needs, please contact one of our other MAGE Academic Affairs staff members listed below:

Contact the Coordinator for Academic Affairs regarding any proctoring, new student transition questions, leave of absence, graduate policy, graduation process, MAGE events, or general graduate studies needs. Alumni who are in need of assistance should also contact the Coordinator.

Gerardo Najera


Coordinator for Academic Affairs
Phone: 301-405-0336
Email: gnajera@umd.edu

Schedule an Appointment with Gerardo

Contact Sonja regarding any escalating academic difficulties, course issues, or faculty issues.

Sonja Dietrich

Associate Director for Academic Affairs

Phone: 301-405-1101 
Email: sdietric@umd.edu

Schedule an Appointment with Sonja