Student Policies and Procedures
Graduate and undergraduate students must follow various rules and regulations that have been established by the School and College. General undergraduate matters can be obtained by linking to Academic Policies.
Traditional MPA and MSEd-HEA students may transfer academic credits to Baruch College from other colleges and universities. The College requires that a syllabus, official course description, and transcript of the grade received for each course. Students may not transfer more than 12 credits. Courses used to complete another degree may not be transferred. EXMPA and NUF students are not permitted to transfer any credits. The package of materials should be delivered to 135 E. 22nd, 4th floor or mailed to the Office of Academic Programs, School of Public Affairs, One Baruch Way, C-901, New York, NY 10010.
An independent study provides students with the opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty member on a particular topic or creative project. Graduate students must have completed at least 18 credits to be eligible. BSPA students must have completed at least 90 credits to be eligible. Each student must identify a specific subject or problem to investigate and find a faculty member to serve as an advisor and help him or her develop a proposal. SPA advisors do not identify independent study faculty mentors or assist in the preparation of study proposals. Adjunct faculty are not permitted to oversee independent studies.
An Independent Study Application must be submitted to the e-mail address indicated. Independent studies are for the fall and spring semesters only with specific deadlines for submission. Graduate students may not complete an independent study in place of PAF 9190, Public Affairs Capstone. BSPA students may not complete an independent study in place of PAF 4401, Public Affairs Capstone.
Pass/No Credit for Graduate Courses
MPA students (traditional and NUF) may use the Pass/No Credit (P/NC) for PAF 9195, Public Affairs Internship, and one time for one additional elective course. The option is not available for Executive MPA students. The P/NC cannot be used for any core course, including the capstone. Permission must be obtain from the instructor before registering for P/NC. There is no need to obtain permission for PAF 9195. After the instructor approves, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how register for the option. An advisor will confirm the instructor’s approval. Once processed, the P/NC request cannot be withdrawn. Requests after the second week of the semester will not be considered.
MSEd-HEA students may use the P/NC option only for PAF 9322, Internship in Higher Education. No request is required for the P/NC other than permission to register for the course.
The Pass/No Credit (P/NC) option is used for education leadership courses in SPA’s partnerships with the New York City Department of Education, New Leaders, Inc., and the New York City Leadership Academy.
The grade of P or NC is not computed in the students GPA. If a student receives a C or better, it is a P grade and the student will receive credit for the course, but the grade will not count in the GPA. The P grade can never be rescinded. If a student takes a class with the P/NC option and does not pass, the transcript will reflect an NC grade instead of an F. If a student receives a NC, he or she may either retake the same course again, but this time a conventional grade would be assigned (the P/NC option again cannot be used again).
Academic Probation for Graduate Students
MPA and MSED stuents must maintain at minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0 to be in good academic standing and to graduate with a master’s degree. If a student's cumulative GPA falls below a 3.0, that student is then automatically placed on academic probation by the Registrar’s Office. ABS and INC grades are not permitted while a student is on probation.
Traditional MPA, MSEd-HEA, and MPA-MS in Nursing Administration students who are placed on probation have up to 12 credits to bring their cumulative GPA back to a 3.0. Students must obtain at least B grades for those 12 credits. If after this probationary period the cumulative GPA is still below a 3.0, the student will be academically disbarred from the program and will no longer be able to take classes. If disbarred, the student may appeal for reinstatement to the SPA Committee on Academic Standing. If reinstatement is granted, the student would have be able to take up to 12 credits to raise their GPA above 3.00.
An EXMPA student who drops below a 3.00 GPA after the completion of the first fall semester will be placed on academic probation and will be disbarred from the EXMPA program if their GPA is not above 3.00 by the end of the spring semester. An EXMPA student who drops below a 3.00 GPA in the spring semester will be placed on academic probation and will be disbarred from the MPA program if the GPA is not above a 3.00 by the end of the second fall semester. In addition, a GPA of 3.0 or greater must be maintained per semester while on probation. If dismissed for the failure to maintain a 3.00 GPA, an EXMPA student may submit an appeal for reinstatement to the SPA Committee on Academic Standing. If reinstatement is granted, an EXMPA student could transition into the traditional MPA program.
A NUF-MPA student who drops below a 3.00 GPA after the completion of the first summer semester and/or the fall semester will be placed on academic probation and will be disbarred from the MPA program if their GPA is not above a 3.00 by the end of the spring semester. A NUF-MPA student who drops below a 3.00 GPA in the spring semester will be placed on academic probation and will be disbarred from the MPA program if the GPA is not above a 3.00 by the end of the second summer semester. In addition, a GPA of 3.0 or greater must be maintained per semester while on probation. If disbarred, a NUF-MPA student may submit an appeal for reinstatement to the SPA Committee on Academic Standing. If reinstatement is granted, the NUF-MPA student could transition into the traditional MPA program.
Academic AppealsPublic affairs students, graduate and undergraduate, may appeal decisions relating to their academic standing and the scholastic requirements of degree programs. The SPA Committee on Academic Standing (CAS) hears all academic appeals. The CAS is comprised of four faculty members and one student representative. The SPA Director of Academic Advisement and a staff member in the Registrar’s Office attend ex officio with voice but no vote. Appeals can be made for a grade received in a SPA class, retroactive withdrawal from a course, reinstatement to a degree program after an extended leave, and other such academic problems. Students must complete an Academic Appeals Application and include supporting documentation.
Students do not appear before the CAS. The Committee meets at the beginning and end of the fall and spring semesters and once during the summer. Its decisions are final. Students may in some circumstances resubmit an appeal if the factual information has substantially changed. The SPA Associate Dean and Dean, the Provost, and the College President may not overturn a decision of the CAS.For grade appeals, students should first contact the instructor of the course. The CAS will not consider applications without evidence the student has either contacted the instructor or made an attempt to contact the instructor. Application for a grade appeal must occur within 30 days after the grade was recorded by the Registrar.