Graduate school is vastly different from undergraduate education. It is more than just taking more classes at a higher level. Graduate students join a community of scholars and practitioners and are expected to contribute, and even create, new information to expand knowledge within nutrition, community nutrition, exercise, dietetics, athletic training, and/or hospitality disciplines.

Graduate students are treated as professionals, and responsible for developing and demonstrating their abilities to be an independent scholar, researcher, health professional, practitioner, and/or business leader.

Faculty advisors and graduate students need to work together to set expectations and essential commitments. Problems in mentoring relationships most often occur due to misunderstandings and lack of clear communication.