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USF School of Public Affairs Graduate Advising

MPA Advising

All MPA students are advised by the program's director, Dr. Stephen Aikins (saikins@usf.eduu).

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What are graduation checks? When do they need to be completed?

Graduation checks ensures the completion of graduation requirements for your program. Students should request graduation checks two full semesters before graduating.

  • Fall graduates should request a check before the preceding summer semester
  • Summer graduates should request a check before the previous spring semester
  • Spring graduates should request a check before the preceding fall semester.

What skills do I need to succeed in the program?

Demonstrating skills in computing, writing and quantitative analysis are crucial your success in the program, as well as having a current understanding of public service and its role in the American political system. Students requiring additional training should consult the MPA Director for supplemental course suggestions.

Students are expected to have access to computer applications and software before beginning their program. Course assignments may require the use of Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint and other common computer applications.

How will professors communicate with students?

Faculty communicates with students via email. Students are automatically assigned email accounts upon admission with their NetID Account. Contact USF Information Technology with any issues regarding your email or NetID account.

Credit Limits for Non-Degree Seeking Students

In accordance with USF Graduate School Policy, students may take only 12 credit hours as Non-Degree-Seeking students.

Those who have completed more than 12 credit hours without being admitted into the MPA Program risk losing additional credit hours. These students must apply for admission to the MPA program immediately to be able to register for classes the following semester.

Non-degree seeking students must transfer completed courses upon admission to the MPA program. Questions about application status can be directed to Annie Valdez (