Graduate Advisement

The MSPIA graduate advisement team is comprised of experienced professionals whose goal is to guide students efficiently and effectively to degree completion. The team provides direct advisement for the Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of International Affairs (MIA), and Master of Science in Education (MSEd) in Higher Education Administration (HEA) and K-12 Educational Leadership (EL).

The team holds memberships in the National Academic Advising Association. Graduate advisors keep up-to-date on the latest trends in higher education administration, including the accreditation standards of NASPAA. A newsletter is distributed each week with the latest information about courses, new program initiatives, and student opportunities. Any member of the team may be contacted at

  • Sandra Fajardo, Director of Academic Advisement
  • Maureen Samedy, Assistant Director of Academic Advisement
    Advisor for the Executive MPA and MIA; liaison to Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society in public affairs and administration.
  • Jennifer Harrington, Assistant Director of Academic Advisement
    Advisor for the MPA offered in cooperation with the National Urban Fellows (NUF) and the MPA concentration in urban development and sustainability; liaison to the Master of Arts Administration offering in cooperation with the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences; staff support for graduate appeals to the Committee on Academic Standing.
  • Rawlisha Lalite, Academic Advisement Coordinator
    Advisor for the traditional MPA, including the concentrations in health care policy and policy analysis and evaluation
  • Elaine Truong, Academic Advisement Coordinator
    Advisor MSEd-HEA and the traditional MPA, including the concentrations in public management and nonprofit administration
  • Jillian Ryan, Academic Advisement Coordinator
    Advisor for the MSEd-EL, including MSPIA's Scaffolded Apprenticeship Program (SAM) and K-12 educational leadership programs offered in cooperation with the NYC Department of Education and New Leaders, Inc.
  • Amanda Jaeger, Academic Support Coordinator
    Counselor for graduate-level economics, statistics, and research methods courses

Graduate students are encouraged to:

  • Attend all orientations and special advisement information events.
  • Complete a program plan that details the courses to be completed and the time frame for completing the degree.
  • Check their Baruch email frequently for the weekly advisement newsletter, updates on course scheduling, and changes in academic policies.
  • Contact an advisor for a problem with a professor, academic difficulties with a class, or when having personal issues while pursuing coursework.
  • Complete a degree audit prior to graduation.