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 27 Points. 

Please read the 27 points in detail. It is your MPA Handbook.

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 27 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.

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 (or concurrently with) 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.

Tentative Master Schedule -- REVISED FEBRUARY 8, 2018




MPA Standardized Schedule for Core Classes

Schedule for future years. P= On campus  OL = Online

Even AY Fall Winter Spring
603 OL/P OL P
611 OL/P P OL
615 P OL P
650 P OL P
662 OL P OL
663 OL P OL
664 OL P OL
672 OL P OL
680 P OL P


Schedule for future years. P= On campus  OL = Online

2017-18/ 2019-20
ODD AY Fall Winter Spring
603 OL/P P OL
611 OL/P OL P
615 OL P OL
650 OL P OL
662 P OL P
663 P OL P
664 P OL P
672 P OL P
680 OL P OL

ROADMAP to your Degree shows some possible course plans.  But you will need to make your own, based on your circumstances.

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