Planning your MPA
The UIC MPA program promotes excellence through professional education in a diversity of public service careers in public, nonprofit, and private sectors, informed by scholarly research, engaged with administrative and policy communities, and dedicated to ethical and equitable practice.
What are the responsibilities of your advisor?
- According to the Graduate College catalog, “All graduate students must have an academic advisor in the graduate program in which degree work is to be done. The academic advisor assists in planning a program of graduate study that fits the needs of the student and satisfies the graduate program and Graduate College requirements.”
- In general, it is the responsibility of the advisor to help each student devise a program of study. This may include assistance in the identification of career goals, the selection of an area of concentration, recommendations on what courses to take when, and an appropriate course load?
What are the responsibilities of the student?
- MPA students should get in contact with Sharon Hayes before the start of the term and fill out the course plan given to the new students at orientation.
- Each student should contact his/her faculty mentor either in person or via email at least once each academic year to discuss the student’s progress and course of study. Students should let Sharon Hayes know of any issues in communicating with their mentor.
- It is the responsibility of each student to be familiar with university policies as set forth in the Graduate Catalog and the MPA Student Handbook
What is the role of the director of graduate studies?
The director of graduate studies handles issues relating to:
- Student grievances
- Academic probation
- General counseling-problems with current courses
- Graduate petitions
- Leaves of absence
- University withdrawal
- Financial aid recommendation
- Graduation checklist
What is the role of staff?
The Assistant to the Head, Sharon Hayes ( firstname.lastname@example.org) is available to assist students with issues relating to course registration, enrolling in courses on which a hold has been placed, graduation requirements, etc. Sharon is also available to provide general advice to students on curriculum requirements, scheduling, and course selection. Sharon has access to the official transcript of each student including grade history. Sharon has Independent Study forms and handles petitions to the Graduate College.
Click on the links below to find more information about advising:
Course Scheduling Consideration
Four Year Course Schedule
Course Plan Form
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