Key Information and Links

Welcome New Graduate Students!

We are excited to begin another semester and we would like to welcome all our new graduate students to the MPA Program. As you begin your coursework here at Northeastern, we hope that you find the following information helpful. Graduate courses begin on Wednesday, September 4, 2014.


All students are required to register online using their MyNEU accounts. Full-time students in our graduate programs typically register for 3 courses per semester and part-time students register for 1 or 2 courses per semester.

New Student Orientation

All new students should attend the appropriate orientation sessions if at all possible. At this meeting we go over course requirements and some strategies on how to make the best of your time at Northeastern. Online students and other MPA students who cannot make the orientation should view the recording of our most recent Webinar Orientation.

In addition to this, you may also be required to attend orientation meetings and training sessions for offices at Northeastern and there are several welcome week events and receptions that might be of interest to you. (i.e. International Student and Scholars InstituteTeaching Assistantship training, and Welcome Week!) .

Program Contact

You will be assigned a faculty advisor just before the start of the semester. Until then, if you have questions about planning your schedule, please contact one of the following:

Louis DaRos
Administrative Assistant

Dr. Thomas J. Vicino
Director, MPA Program and Assistant Professor of Political Science

Dr. Laurie Dopkins
Director of Academic Affairs
School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

International Student Information

If you are an international student and have questions regarding your visa status, please contact: Sheila Magee in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. You should also contact the International Student & Scholar Institute for information on orientation, Boston, and Cultural Programs.

Additional Northeastern Resources

The following are some “quicklinks” for offices you may need to as you transition to being a graduate student at Northeastern.

Housing Information

On-Campus Housing
Off-Campus Housing

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