academic advisement

A full range of advisement services are provided to students to ensure the successful completion of the School of Public Affair’s graduate programs. The advisement staff are all members of NASPA, the National Association of Student Administrators in higher education. 

The School's advisors work with students to develop a plan that best meets their scholastic and career aspirations. Graduate students have a program plan that lays out the courses they will complete each semester. BSPA students must complete the Major Declaration Form and are encouraged to meet with a School of Public Affairs advisor to understand the major’s requirements.

Orientations
Newly admitted MPA and MSEd-HEA students are provided with academic information at orientation sessions held by the School of Public Affairs prior to the semester in which they are first enrolled. Information is sent to students once they have notified the Office of Admissions of their intent to enroll. Reservations for orientations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Information is provided about the college, graduate life, academic policies, financial assistance, and the process for obtaining the student ID card. Advisors will be available to discuss program plans.  

Special orientations are held for graduate students in the Executive MPA, National Urban Fellows-MPA, MS in Nursing Administration-MPA, and K-12 educational leadership programs. The date and time for the orientations are provided to students prior to the beginning of their first semester. 

Undergraduate student orientations are held in the summer and facilitated by the College’s Center for Academic Advisement.

Transfer Credits
Traditional MPA and MSEd-HEA students may transfer credits to Baruch College from other institutions. The Office of Academic Programs must be provided with 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. Executive MPA and National Urban Fellows students are not permitted to transfer credits. Send transfer information to spa.advisment@baruch.cuny.edu.

The School of Public Affairs has articulation agreements with several community colleges to facilitate the easy transfer of credits for the BSPA degree. Public affairs transfer credits are in addition to credits transferred under the CUNY Pathway’s common and flexible course curriculum.  Baruch College has articulation agreements with the public administration program at Hostos Community College and the social sciences program at LaGuardia Community College. BSPA students should be in touch with the Transfer Evaluation Office once they have been admitted to Baruch College.

Course Registration
Student must claim their CUNYfirst account to register for classes. Students are assigned an appointment date and time to register. Be advised that an account hold may delay registration. Graduate students should follow their program plan in the correct sequence to avoid taking the wrong classes at the wrong time.

Students in the Executive MPA and National Urban Fellows programs should claim their CUNYfirst account, but they will not register themselves; this will be done by the advisement staff. Those enrolled in the educational leadership partnership programs will also be registered automatically.  Students in the SAM program and those pursuing SDL certification must claim their CUNYfirst account and register themselves.

The Schedule of Classes is typically made available approximately six months before the semester begins.

Once the schedule is posted, students will be able to search for classes, instructor names, and course information. Neither instructors nor advisors can add seats to a closed class; students should re-check the schedule for availability changes.

Classes may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. Students will be notified of cancellations prior to the start of the semester via their Baruch email account. It may also happen that a new section of core course will be opened after registration has started.