Structure and Administration of the MPA Program
The MPA Program Committee is the chief policy-making body for the Program. Decisions regarding curriculum, program direction, and development are within the jurisdiction of the Program. The Director of the Program supervises day-to-day operational matters and coordinates such activities as curriculum planning, program development, student affairs, and recruitment of adjunct faculty.
Academic advising is provided by full-time faculty members and covers course planning, program policies, and career advice. Attempts are made to pair students with faculty advisors according to their relevant interests.
All students are urged strongly to speak to an advisor before registering for courses each semester. The Department requires that all new students and students with an overall grade point average below 3.00 to meet with an advisor before registration.
Changes in Requirements
Continuing development of the Masters in Public Administration Program necessitates occasional revision of the curriculum. When no hardship is imposed on the student because of changes, and when the facilities of the program permit, the student is expected to meet the requirements of the most recent Program Guide. However, if it can be demonstrated to the MPA Program Committee and the Director of the Graduate School that doing so imposes substantial hardship, the requirements in the Program Guide of the year in which the student matriculated will be applicable.
The 2012-2013 Student Guide is available on-line or in the Graduate Program Office. This Guide provides information on program requirements, curriculum, financial aid, and other aspects of the graduate programs in the Department of Political Science.