ADVISORS ARE WORKING REMOTELY BUT ARE AVAILABLE FROM 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. DAILY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS OR HELP GUIDE YOU WITH ISSUES THAT YOU MAY HAVE. PLEASE EMAIL US AT MSPIA.ADVISEMENT@BARUCH.CUNY.EDU AND SOMEONE WILL BE IN TOUCH WITH YOU.
You can also email us with a phone number where we can reach you and the best time to call you during business hours, if you’d like to speak to someone.
Thank you for your understanding and patience during these challenging times. Our best wishes for everyone to stay healthy.
Your Marxe Advisement Team
Sandra Fajardo, Maureen Samedy, Elaine Truong, Liting Zhang
The Marxe graduate academic advisement team is committed to creating an inclusive atmosphere of respect and professionalism through shared accountability between student and advisor to guide and support graduate students throughout their academic career and beyond, and ensure they receive the best possible services to enhance their overall graduate experience.
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 student 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 with your advisor (this degree audit will ensure all your degree information is correct and will be used to update DegreeWorks as necessary)
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Graduate students must claim their CUNYfirst account to register for classes. Students in the traditional MPA, MIA and MSEd-HEA claim their account and register themselves. Students in the Executive MPA should claim their account, but do not register themselves; this is done by the graduate advisement team.
The Schedule of Classes is available prior to each registration period for the upcoming semester for students to search for classes, instructor names, and course information. Students that register themselves must access CUNYfirst to find their appointment time for registration. Students may add courses to their shopping cart prior to their registration time. To register for classes and be assured of a seat, click “Enroll” and “Finish Enrolling”. Neither instructors nor advisors can add seats to a closed class. If there is a hold on the account (late payments, overdue library fines, etc.), the hold will need to be cleared in order to register. It is recommended that students meet with their advisor to plan out their courses in the correct order to avoid taking classes at the wrong time.
- Graduate students working full-time should not register for a full-time course load (9 or more credits). Any Marxe graduate student who wants to take more than 9 credits (full-time) in a given semester must consult with an academic advisor and get permission to do so. Please email your advisor or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- It is highly recommended that graduate students should take core required courses before taking elective courses. Core course are foundational courses and pre-reqs to many electives. New graduates students enrolling in their first semester should plan to only take core classes.
- Students should not register for a capstone class (PAF 9190, PAF 9390 or PAF 9490) until they are at the end of their academic program. Independent study capstones are not permitted.
- Students seeking to complete an independent study must make arrangement with a full-time member of the public affairs faculty, who then must obtain authorization from the Associate Dean. Adjunct faculty are not permitted to teach independent study sections.
- If classes are cancelled due to insufficient enrollment or for some other reason, a notification will be sent prior to the start of the semester via Baruch email. A back-up schedule is recommended in the event a class is cancelled or moved to another time slot.
- Courses are offered in a variety of instruction modalities; such as online (synchronous or asynchronous), hybrid and in-person. Click here to read more about instruction modalities.
- Courses with section codes XMPA are not open for registration by traditional MPA, MIA, or MSEd-HEA students. A course with a NET section code indicates it is taught fully online or in a hybrid mode. Hybrid classes meet for some sessions in a classroom and at other times fully online.
- Students may take courses at other CUNY senior colleges using the ePermit system on CUNYfirst. Preapproval is required by emailing email@example.com. An academic advisor will notify students by email with approval to ePermit. After authorization has been granted, follow the College’s how-to guide to ePermit.
The Marxe 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).
The team holds memberships in the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and keep up-to-date on the latest trends in higher education administration, including the accreditation standards of NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sandra Fajardo, Director of Academic Advisement
Sandra Fajardo is the Director of Graduate Academic Advisement for the Baruch College Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. She oversees the academic advisement of graduate students in our traditional Master of Public Administration, Executive Master of Public Administration, National Urban Fellows MPA, Master of Science in Higher Education Administration, and our Master of International Affairs from the point of matriculation through graduation. Sandra has over 20 years of experience in the field of Higher Education Administration, with 14 of those years being in graduate academic advisement. She is a member of The Global Community for Academic Advising (NACADA) and College Student Educators International (ACPA). Sandra holds a BBA in Human Resources Management and a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Baruch.
Maureen Samedy, Associate Director of Academic Advisement
As the Associate Director of Academic Advisement, Maureen serves as the program manager for our Executive Master of Public Administration program, academic advisor to our Master of International Affairs program, and is the liaison to Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society in public affairs and administration. Maureen is committed to helping students meet their educational and professional goals. Her professional experience includes working in workforce development, community college teaching, graduate admissions, and servicing students in cohort programs.
Elaine Truong, Assistant Director of Academic Advisement
Elaine Truong serves as the academic advisor for students in the traditional MPA program and MSEd-HEA program, the Marxe liaison for the MA in Arts Administration program at the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences. She is dedicated to supporting graduate students in their academic and professional goals at Marxe. As a graduate of the Marxe school herself, she has a deep understanding of the graduate programs and the students in the program. Elaine holds a MSEd in Higher Education Administration from Baruch and holds a BA in Political Science from Hunter College.
Office of Graduate Academic Advisement