MPA Advising

We want to make sure students understand their options and responsibilities in order to proceed promptly through the program. Our main advising memo is what we call the 26 Points. 

We review this in the required MPA New Student Orientation.  Holds are placed on accounts of those who have not attended one of the quarterly orientation sessions. Please also read and bookmark the Graduate Studies page on Policies and Procedures.

Create a course plan for yourself following the guidance in the 26 points.  Each student's plan will be different depending on how many classes they are able to take at a time and whether they take online or traditional classes.  

ONLINE ONLY STUDENTS:  While core classes are offered every quarter, they alternate between online and on campus, so online students must plan carefully to assure the classes they want are offered online the quarter they want them.  Please see these potential

as guides.  See also our Online courses page.   

NOTE: Students who will not complete their program before Fall 2020 when we convert to semesters should make sure they review our semester coversion page.
Please also review this

and plan your degree. 

Key Benchmarks

  1. Complete Prerequisites in your first two quarters.  You will have advising HOLDS placed on your accounts if these are not completed
  2. PA 611 MUST be your first class if it is available. PA 611 is designated as a writing intensive class and must be passed with at least a B- to remain in the MPA program.
  3. PA 603 as your second class. NOTE: The statistics prerequisite must be taken before PA 603
  4. If you need an internship, you must complete it in your first year.  The public affairs prerequisite is required to become a fully Classified student.
  5. Take PA 663 before taking PA 615.
  6. Complete your Advancement to Candidacy after taking 5 classes and attend the required mid-degree advising session.
  7. Take PA 680 as your last core class.
  8. File a Graduation Check at least the quarter BEFORE you intend to graduate.
  9. Register for PA 999 the Comprehensive Examination in your last quarter (Electives may be taken with or after PA 999)

Get career counseling with Dr. Pamela Abell.   Working with her is a co-requirement for PA 999.

For online students this shows some possible course plans.  Online students need to plan carefully.  Please also see our Online Courses page.

The important thing for you is to PLAN.  We do not have a set course sequence or pattern because everyone's needs are different.  I encourage you to map out a plan of your intended courses.  Here is a

I am starting to pass out in our program Orientations.  

Keep track of important dates, holidays, breaks, registration, exams- through the official Academic Calendar -- bookmark it!

The ultimate authority is the University Bulletin for the quarter students were admitted to the program. .

We try to get current information to students through our PA Digest Newsletter (Archive).  Please make sure you are on our mailing list.  And please READ it!.

Please contact us at any time to answer specific questions.

MPA Academic advisor:
Dr. Jonathan Anderson 
Jack Brown Hall 456