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. Plan carefully to assure the classes you want are offered the semester you want them. 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 2020 Semester Conversion.
Please also review this MPA Q2S Planning Sheet and plan your degree.
- PA 6110 MUST be your first class if it is available. PA 6110 is designated as a writing intensive class and must be passed with at least a B- to remain in the MPA program.
- PA 6030 should your second class.
- If you need an internship, you must complete it before you can Advance to Candidacy.
- If you are a semester catalog student, you must take two semesters of 6985 the professional development seminar.
- Take PA 6630 before taking PA 6150 if you are in Public Financial Management
- Take 6500 before your cybersecurity classes if you are in the Cybersecurity Concentration
- Complete your Advancement to Candidacy after taking 5 classes and attend the required mid-degree advising session.
- Take PA 6800 as your last core class in the quarter catalog. Take PA 6550 as your last class under the semester catalog
- File a Graduation Check at least the quarter BEFORE you intend to graduate.
- Register for PA 6980 the Comprehensive Examination in your last semester (Electives may be taken with or after PA 6980)
Get career development services with Dr. Pamela Abell. Working with her is a co-requirement for PA 6980.
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 for your intended courses. Here is an MPA Planning Sheet 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.
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