Advising and Program Forms

Program Advising

Advising plays an important part in shaping your graduate studies and your career. Whether the question is about a particular course, or a Program or University policy, or a choice in your career path, communicating with an advisor can save time and ensure that you are headed in the right direction. There are various key contacts available to you to consult:


A member of the faculty can provide valuable advice about courses in the Program, overall curriculum requirements, and career issues. Each student assigned a faculty advisor when she is accepted into MPA Program. This assignment is based upon our understanding of your academic interests (after reading your application), the appropriate match with a member of the faculty who has similar interests, and the availability of specific faculty members. Students wishing to change academic advisors should first contact the advisor with whom they hope to work.


Dr. Thomas J. Vicino is the Director of the MPA Program, Assistant Professor of Political Science, and a core faculty member of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. He teaches in the MPA and MURP Programs. In the capacity as Director, he oversees the management and leadership of the Program. He can be consulted on general program issues, policies and regulations, university-level matters, and academic- and professional-related issues.

In addition, Dr. Laurie Dopkins coordinates the online component of the MPA Program. She teaches in the MPA and MURP Programs.


The Program’s administrative support staff are responsible for many aspects of the day-to-day operations of the graduate programs. Louis DaRos oversees issues on admissions, recruitment and graduate student services for currently enrolled students. He is available during regular business hours and can be consulted on various administrative issues related to your graduate studies.

Forms and Applications

The following is a list with links to printable PDF files or other web pages with forms that you may need while completing your graduate studies in the Department of Political Science.


Fellowships and Internships in Political Science and Public Administration: This document is a listing of prestigious and/or paid internships, fellowships, and grants to support graduate students seeking career experience, or funding for research.

The School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs GuidebookThis is the 2014-2015 edition of the SPPUA Guidebook. This guidebook provides a listing of the degree requirements, policies and protocols for students in the three SPPUA graduate programs.

The College of Social Sciences and Humanities General Regulations: This is the 2013-2014 comprehensive booklet of the policies and procedures for all programs in CSSH to be used in conjunction with the SPPUA and Political Science Guidebooks.

Graduate Student Petition Form: This form must be completed to petition the department for possible exceptions to course requirements, taking courses outside the department, and other requests for special consideration.


You’ll be able to find or link to several forms and applications including those required for admissions purposes and leaves of absences, at


If you need any forms related to course registration or transcript requests you can find them at

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