College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > School of Public Service > Student Resources > Graduate > Advising
Students within the School of Public Service
work with the Assistant Director for Academic Advising to successfully navigate
through their program. In addition to having the Assistant Director for
Academic Advising as their academic advisor, students are also assigned a
faculty mentor to provide professional and educational guidance. Please refer
to the descriptions below for the difference between the academic advisor and
the faculty mentor.
Assistant Director for Academic Advising
The Assistant Director for Academic Advising is a resource for students. Students can meet with the Assistant Director for Academic Advising at any point in their academic career. We encourage new students to meet with the Assistant Director for Academic Advising in their first quarter to develop an academic plan to use as a guide through the program. The Assistant Director for Academic Advising can help with many program related concerns including progression towards degree completion, degree and conferral requirements, navigating the university, course selection and registration issues, waiver processes, elective substitutions, program reclassification, transfer credit requests, information about Study Abroad and internship requirements, as well as resources at DePaul that will help you complete your degree.
Given DePaul's mission as a teaching institution, especially one devoted to providing students with personal attention, advising is an extension of the faculty's role as teachers. Faculty can help students understand relationships among different courses, suggest classes beyond specific requirements that might be beneficial, provide information about internships, study abroad programs, PhD programs and career opportunities related to their degree; and perhaps most importantly, listen and respond to students who seek guidance.
Students are paired with a faculty mentor at the start of the program. Mentor/mentee pairings are determined based on a student’s program and professional or educational interests. Students may also request a particular faculty member as their mentor if he or she has established a relationship with that faculty member and believe the pairing will benefit their educational career here at SPS.
Degree Program Chairs: Nonprofit Management (MNM): Joseph SchwietermanPublic Administration (MPA): Nicholas KachiroubasInternational Public Service (IPS): Ramya RamanathMaster of Public Policy (MPP): Robert StokesPublic Service Management (MPS): Raphael Ogom
Degree chairs typically contact students throughout the year with degree specific information. Students should contact degree chairs for general concerns related to their degree program.
Degree Progress ReportYour Degree Progress Report (DPR) in Campus Connect tracks and helps you plan your progress to degree. Your DPR provides requirement information for your declared major (as well as double majors or minors), detailing what you have completed and what courses you can choose to complete the remaining requirements.
Academic Probation Any graduate student with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) below 2.7 (B-) is on academic probation. For further details on the academic probation and dismissal policy, please review the SPS Academic Probation and Dismissal Policy. NOTE: Academic probation is different from financial aid probation. Students on financial aid probation must see a financial aid counselor.