academic advisement

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) provides a full range of academic advisement services for all students to ensure the successful completion of their degree programs. New graduate students are welcomed to campus via Orientations where they meet fellow students, current and new, as well as advisors and faculty. These orientations provide new students with information about college life, academic policies, financial assistance, and course planning. Undergraduate student orientations are facilitated by the Center for Academic Advisement.

SPA advisors are located on the 4th Floor of 135 E. 22nd Street (on 22nd Street between Lexington & Third Aves). Students can contact us by phone at 646.660.6757, or by visiting our offices. Graduate students can also reach out to us via email at, and undergraduates can email us at

Under the direction of the Director of Academic Advisement, Sandra Fajardo, our services include:

  • Individualized program planning based on student's academic goals
  • Personalized what-if scenarios regarding their course of study / elective selection
  • Accurate information on Baruch's academic policies and procedures
  • Comprehensive understanding of other facilities and resources Baruch-wide
  • Advisement on academic appeals and counseling for students on probation
  • Help with degree auditing requirements for students nearing graduation

It is recommended that graduate students meet with their respective academic advisor before the end of their first semester. Please contact us to schedule a one-on-one appointment.

Every BSPA student must complete and sign the BSPA Declaration form. It may be submitted as an email attachment to or delivered to your advisor on the 4th floor of 135 E. 22nd Street.

Newly admitted MPA and MSEd-HEA students are provided with academic information at New Student Graduate orientation sessions held by the School of Public Affairs prior to the semester in which they are first enrolled. Orientation is mandatory. Orientation details will be provided once students have notified the Office of Admissions of their intent to enroll. At orientation, students will learn about academic resources, review degree requirements with their advisors, meet current students and faculty, obtain a student ID, attend a technology workshop, and much more!

Specialized orientations are held for graduate students in the Executive MPA, National Urban Fellows-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.

Registration Information
Once a student successfully claims their CUNYFirst account, the student may register for classes on the assigned appointment date and time if there are no holds on their account. It is highly recommended that students meet with their advisor to plan out their courses in the correct order to avoid taking the wrong classes at the wrong time.

To register,
Log-in to your CUNYfirst account at your appointment time. Once you login, follow the navigation below to begin adding classes to your shopping cart.

The Schedule of Classes is available every semester and students can 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 of Classes frequently for changes in availability.

Students may add courses to their shopping cart prior to their registration time; HOWEVER, in order to register for those clases and be assured of a seat, students must click "Enroll" and "Finish Enrolling". Neither instructors nor advisors can add seats to a closed class; students should check the schedule regularly for course availability and changes.

If classes are cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, we will notify students prior to the start of the semester via their Baruch email account; Students are required to check their Baruch emails regularly. Also, it is recommended that they have back-up schedules ready for a smoother registration process each semester. Graduate students working full-time should not register for a full-time course load (12 credits).

*Special Note Regarding Executive MPA & NUF: 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.

Courses with section codes SAM, NUF, Executive MPA are not open to traditional MPA, or HEA students. Courses with a NET section code usually means the course is taught online or in a hybrid mode.

Transfer Credits
Traditional MPA and MSEd-Higher Education Administration students may transfer up to 12 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions to Baruch College (courses used to complete a different degree may not be transferred in). All information, including the syllabus, official course description, and transcript of the grade received for each course can be sent to:
Office of Academic Programs
School of Public Affairs
One Bernard Baruch Way, D-0901
New York, NY 10010

All submitted documents will be reviewed by faculty and staff to ensure correct transfers. For more information on transfer credits, contact Advisement. Undergraduate students should be in touch with the Transfer Evaluation Office once they have been admitted to Baruch College.